THERE IS GREAT REJOICING: Carols of Central and Eastern Europe ($16.95)

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Carols of Central and Eastern Europe
Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois, with the Kithara Trio; J. Michael Thompson, Director
Located in Chicago's metropolitan area, St. Peter's in the Loop serves a diverse group of "working" worshipers. Through the thousands of people who worship there during the business week, the Schola has received invitation from parishes and institutions throughout Chicago. In the course of its journeys, it has been called upon to sing the music and the languages of many nations.

It is through these contacts that this collection was conceived. Chicago is home to the six ethnic groups of central and eastern Europe whose marvelous carols grace this recording. The twenty carols, performed in English, include

  • Mary the Maiden

  • Tell Us, Shepherds

  • Come, Shepherds, Joyfully

  • Kyrie eleison!

  • There Was Great Rejoicing

  • O Come Rejoicing

  • On This Day of Gladsome Joy

  • Hark to the Angels

  • Sing Now of Wonder

  • There Is Joy in Bethlehem

  • Christ Is Born This Evening

  • Shepherds of Bethlehem

  • Praise the Lord!

  • O Rejoice, Virgin Mother

  • Hear the Wondrous Tidings

  • Shepherds Came to Bethlehem

  • While Mary Rocks Her Child

  • When the Virgin's Baby Wakes

  • Unto Us Born Now
  • In Heaven a Bright Star

  • They represent Polish, Croatian, Ukrainian/Carpatho-Rusyn, Slovak, and Hungarian traditions.

    Digitally recorded for clarity and quality of sound.

    J. Michael Thompson is the director of music ministry at St. Peter's Church, where he is the founder and director of the Schola Cantorum. He has been a pastoral musician and liturgist for twenty years, as well as a composer, author, and a noted promoter of the Liturgy of the Hours and Gregorian chant in contemporary parish situations.

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