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The Holy Eucharist as instituted by Jesus Christ Himself has been the central and unceasing element of Christian liturgical worship. This Holy Mystery (sacrament) is the consecration of common bread and wine, which through the intercession of the Holy Spirit changes into the living flesh and blood of the Christ, the Son of the living God. Although the appearance is not altered the Holy Eucharist or Communion mystically conveys to the faithful a true not symbolic presence. This transfiguration occurred in the public worship service known as the Divine Liturgy (mass). Here the Holy Eucharist is distributed to the assembled faithful for the healing of soul and body, thus an intricate part of an orthodox Christians life. The main essence of the Divine Liturgy is ones union with ones God, ever eaten yet never consumed, sanctifying those who partake. God became man so man could become God, and in this manner mans body becomes a tabernacle for the Holy Spirit.

Various Christian perspectives are known by their liturgies, as the Byzantine, Coptic, Kyivian and Roman Churches. Liturgies have been attributed to the Apostle James, Sainte Basil Major, and Gregory of Rome to name a few. This Divine Liturgy attributed to the fifth century saint John Chrysostom developed into its present order around the ninth century.

Within the spirit of ORIENRAL LUMEN you can taste the richness of the Divine Liturgy in this recording. Sung by the mixed choir of St. Alexander Nevski Orthodox Cathedral in Priashev Slovakia, it was arranged by Dr. Anna Derevianyk. Envelop yourself with the only instrument made by God, using the ancient tradition of a capella song and sung in centuries old Church Slavonic language.

CD length: 74 minutes