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Advent Procession 'O' Antiphons/St Mark's Cathedral, Seattle
Advent Procession 'O' Antiphons - St Marks Cathedral Choirs - Peter Hallock - J. Melvin Butler


 
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The famous Advent Sunday service at St Mark's Cathedral consists of seven lessons and carols done in procession. Each is lesson/carol set is based on one of the "O" Antiphons," seven ancient Advent verses that each begin with the word "O". These antiphons later became the basis of the hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel".

This is a very special Advent service which is now being performed in many places around the world.

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Stunning & Moving January 6, 2008
Reviewer: Christian Ellithorpe from Streamwood, IL United States  
Quite possibly the best of many Advent/Christmas choral offerings on Loft OR Gothic, and one of the most unique & moving releases of its kind on ANY label. The opening hymn, is worth the price of the disc alone, with soft organ undertones & calm bells open the piece (by Hallock, I believe), followed by the choir, in perfect, crystaline pitch, who join in one of the most moving twentieth century hymns I've ever heard on CD. This disc's format of meditations, readings & traditional Gregorian chant, along with contemporary hymns is one I continually choose this CD year-round, as an aid for deep reflection. Each of the "O" Antiphons, or Gregorian chants of reflection, (such as "O Stem of Jesse") are sung in traditional chant, followed by a reading, then by a contemporary hymn or anthem, and another reading. Incredibly clear, rich acoustics; & all of the readers have superb diction & expressive, sublime voices. HIGHLY recommended, especially for contemporary choral fans.

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