Eastern Slovakia
Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogical Research

VHS Tape - Divine Liturgy

Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church Choir
Sir Knight Daniel J. Kavka KSG, Director

The ensemble known as the Holy Ghost Choir is comprised of a group of 60 mixed voices dedicated to the Byzantine music tradition. From the totally a cappella chorus first gathered in 1891, today's talented members include instrumentalists, balalaika ensemble and traditional youth dance troup.

BYZANTINE DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
IN CHURCH SLAVONIC (VHS Video)

50th Anniversary Commemorative Production With Four Concelebrants
Slavonic-English Liturgical Prayer Book Included

Concelebrants:

Rev. Basil W. Kraynyak
Rev. Francis T. Gera
Rev. Dr. John S. Custer
Rev. Eugene M. Hutter

Responses: Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church Choir

Also available are:

1a HOLY GHOST CHOIR IN CONCERT
Selection of Slavonic & American Folk Tunes

2a DIVINE LITURGY IN OLD SLAVONIC

3a SPECIAL COLLECTION OF CHORAL MUSIC
Selection of Ruthenian, Slovak, Croatian,
Georgian, Ukrainian and Hungarian Folk Songs

4a TRADITIONAL BYZANTINE CAROLS
Collection of Christmas Music in Slavonic, Hungarian and English

5a LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM IN ENGLISH

6a BETHLEHEM CAROLERS - GUBI - JASLICKARI (VHS Video)
Male Chorus Presentation of The Bethlehem Carolers in Old Slavonic

Since Medieval times, many European cultures developed dramatic reenactments of the story of the shepherds' first encounter with the newborn Christ Child. Largely propagated by Franciscan Monks, as these "Mystery Plays" spread, each nation interpreted the basic themes through the medium of its own culture and heritage.

Our parents and grandparents had a profound faith which was tempered with holy simplicity and thus the reflection of the Bethlehem Carolers (Jaslickari - Gubi). Dependent upon the custom of the European village from whence it came, the Carolers adopted either a purely religious theme or one combining the Gospel message with light-hearted comedy.

The Eastern Christian tradition of our Carpatho-Rusyn people became rich and varied in each of our forefather's villages and was performed from house-to-house and passed on from generation-to-generation.

This Heritage of depicting the Nativity Play is considered by cultural experts to be the most expressive form of creative folk-art and our presentation, herein offered, combines drama, comedy, the Carpatho-Rusyn spoken word and song in four-part harmony.

To order the music, visit the Holy Ghost Church web site.

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