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A Slovak Christmas

What better way to spend a A Slovak Christmas than with the Slovakaires at Saint Mark's Roman Catholic Church singing carols on Christmas Eve and then celebrating the birth of Christ at Midnight Mass.

The production of A Slovak Christmas by the Slovakaires filled with carols and hymns of praise is undoubtedly the most pleasing and satisfying accomplishments of the group. Nurtured in the music of the Church since early boyhood as impish choirboys, many a harried nun-organist toiled many long and weary hours teaching them, particularly the hymns from that "Bible" of Slovak Hymns, the Kvietky.

The Slovakaires recorded this music at Saint Mark's Church putting you there with them for Midnight Mass. In anticipation of the coming of the Lord, Saint Mark's Church and its pastor, Reverend John J. Sima, continue the ancient custom of singing Hosanna to the new born Jesus and singing Slovak carols before Midnight Mass.

The organ accompaniment is by Sister M. Eugene Prokop O.S.F. of the School Sisters of Saint Francis, Bellvue, Pennsylvania. She has served as both teacher and organist at all the parishes served by her order. She studied under Montani and Rossini, and graduated from the Duquesne School of Music, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Vocal arrangements on the recording are by Mildred Antonich, the Slovakaires vocal arranger and rehearsal Accompanist.

Side one features some of the more popular, festive, and happy songs of the Christmas season interspersed with the seldom heard Latin Proper of the Midnight Mass. The dedication and devotion of the Slovak people to the Sacred Heart and Blessed Mother is reflected in the hymns on side two.

Hymns and carols on the album include Narodil Sa Kristu Pan, Introitus, Dnesny Den Sa Radujme, S Touzebnostou Pri Cgadzame, Graduale, Co Je To Za Svit, Do Hory Do Lesa Valasi, Offertorium, Narodil Sa Kristus V Bethleheme, Pasli Ovce Valasi, Communio, Ticha Noc Svata Noc, O Matko Krista, Podte K Srdcu Najsvatejsiemu, Krasna Si Maria, Adoro Te, O Maria Radost, O Jak Sa Sladko Spieva, and Zdravas Bud Maria.

Available on cassette, this recording sells for $9.00 plus shipping and handling.

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