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The Synodal Choir, Alexei Puzakov conducting and Evgeney Dyatlov reciting of Gospel.

Olga Ushakova soprano, Olga Nadezjdina alto, Viacheslav Zikov tenor, Rodionov Vasenkin bass

The present-day Moscow Synodal Choir, began its revival in the spring of 2009, with the appointment of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the rector of the Joy of All Who Sorrow Church. The Synodal Choir is being revived on the basis of the choir of the joy of All Who Sorrow Church on Bolshaya Ordynka Street in Moscow, where since 1948 the traditions of Moscow church school of singing was preserved under the direction of the choir director Nikolai Matveyev. A number of recordings of Russian religious music were produced and published over the course of several years, under N. Matveyev's supervision. Alexei Puzakov became one of the directors of the All Who Sorrow Church. After the death of N. Matveyev in 1993, many of the traditions laid down by him were discontinued; the choir music library was lost and the choir was greatly discontinued; becoming a chamber singing ensemble.

In recent years, taking over the duties as choir director in the revived Sorrow church choir, Alexei Puzakov has been able to combine the creative efforts the of 80 singers. In addition to participating in ceremonial liturgies, the Moscow Synodal Choir gives concerts in Moscow, Russia and abroad. The Choir collaborates with the Russian National Orchestra and the Tchaikovsky Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, takes part in the Easter Festival program, and participates in important international church projects. The head of the Moscow Synodal Choir is Alexei Puzakov, Honored Artist of Russia, and the Choirmaster Olga Ushakova, Associate Professor of Choral Conducting and winner of international competitions.


Organ version of St. Matthew Passion
Transcription for Organ by Tatiana Scherba
Hilarion, Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, The Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of Moscow Patriarchate.

The idea of an arrangement of St Matthew Passion for choir and solo organ belongs to the author of the work, the Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolams. In January 2010, the reverend Hilarion posed the question of whether such an adaptation is possible to create without causing the Passion to loose its defining characteristics. The arrangement took almost 9 months to complete. The main objective was, on the one hand, to retain the specific features of the author's intent in each of the parts and the whole, while on the other hand, to give what had originally been a string orchestra piece a set of features fitting in with the sound and flow of organ music.


Choir of Kaliningrad Diocese leader Alexey Rodionov, Tatiana Scherba, Organ


Alexei Puzakov Ė distinguished Artist of Russia, creative director and conductor of the Moscow Synodal Choir. An heir to the traditions of the Russian school of religious music, he has endeavoured to preserve and perpetuate these traditions. A prominent feature of the Russian school is its aspiration to combine sublime artistic skill with a pious attitude towards words and the manner in which words are delivered through music. The sound of the choir is characterized by a high level of vocal mastery and a striving towards a perfect ensemble, as well as performing clear and convincing renditions.

Headed by Alexei Puzakov, the choir has had several concerts at the Easter Festival (creative director: Valeri Gergiev), as well as the Mozartiana and Moscow Autumn Festivals. Puzakov was the a guest conductor with the Norwegian Cathedral Choir during the 12th General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches, and with the State Academic Choir Latvija during the International Music Festival. In April 2005 he took part in The Path of Remembrance, a memorial concert for the World War II fallen at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Besides the Tretyakov Gallery Choir, participants include the Russian National Orchestra (creative director: Mikhail Pletnev). Alexei Puzakov conducted the choir and the orchestra.

For several years, Alexei Puzakov was the scriptwriter, musical director, and stage director of the annual award ceremony of the International Fund for the Unity of Orthodox Nations at the Church Assembly Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The Russian Orthodox Church has decorated him with the Order of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh and the Order of Saint Innocent of Moscow.

Tatiana Scherba Belarus-Austria, graduated with distinction from the Belarusian Lyceum of the Belarusian Academy of Music specializing in Theory of Music, the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and post graduate study specializing in musicology (Prof. Yu.N. Holopov) and "Organ" (Prof. S.L. Dizhur, N.N. Gureeva), the Higher School of Music in Freiburg, Germany, specializing in organ music (Prof. K. Shnorr) and the University of Music and Fine Arts in Vienna in organ concert performance (Prof. M. Hazelboek. Ms. Scherba is a laureate of international competitions and a winner of several scholarships in Germany, Switzerland and Japan. Since 1995 she has been active as concert organist. Since 2007 she is Regent of the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Vienna. At the request of Bishop Hilarion in 2010 she made the organ transcription of "St. Matthew Passion".

THE PASSION ACCORDING TO ST MATTHEW for soloists, choir and organ, Music by Bishop
Hilarion Alfeyev

1. CHORUS: Come, let us sing a holy lament to Christ.
Choir: Come, let us sing a holy lament to Christ. Alleluia.
O Lord my God, I will sing to Thee a funeral hymn. Alleluia.
Thine all-holy Mother weeps for Thee lamenting. Alleluia.

2. EVANGELIST: Mt. 26:1–5, 14–16.
Jesus said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the pass-over, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people. Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

3. CHORUS AND RECITATIVE: Judas ran to the lawless scribes.
Choir: Glory to Thy longsuffering, O Lord.
Tenor, choir: Judas ran to the lawless scribes and said: ‘What will ye give me, and I shall deliver Him to you?’ And while they conspired together, Thou against whom they were conspiring, was
Thyself standing invisibly in their midst. O Thou who knowest the hearts of men, spare our souls.

4. EVANGELIST: Mt. 26:17–22, 25.
Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the pass-over? And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master said, My time is at hand; I will keep the pass-over at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the pass over. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

5. CHORUS: One of you shall betray Me.
Choir: Glory to Thy longsuffering, O Lord. At Thy supper, O Christ our God, Thou hast foretold to Thy disciples, ‘One of you shall betray Me.’ And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto Him, ‘Lord, is it I?’ Then Judas asked, ‘Master, is it I?’ Jesus answered, ‘Thou hast said, Judas.’

6. EVANGELIST: Mt. 26:26–30.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

7. CHORUS AND RECITATIVE: The Master’s hospitality
Choir: Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee. Come, ye faithful, let us raise our minds on high and enjoy the Master’s hospitality and the table of immortal life in the upper room; and let us hear the exalted teaching of the Word whom we magnify.
Tenor: O God the Lord and Creator of all, Thou art become poor, uniting a created nature to Thyself, while remaining free from passion. Since Thou art the Passover, Thou hast offered Thyself to those for whose sake Thou wast soon to die; and Thou hast cried: ‘Eat My Body, and ye shall be firmly established in the faith.’
Choir: And ye shall be firmly established in the faith.
Tenor: Filling Thy cup of salvation with joy, O loving Lord, Thou hast made Thy disciples drink from it. For Thou offerest Thyself in sacrifice, crying: ‘Drink My Blood, and ye shall be firmly established in the faith.’ Choir: And ye shall be firmly established in the faith.


9. EVANGELIST: Mt. 26:31–35.
Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

10. CHORUS AND RECITATIVE: Though all men shall deny Thee
Choir: Glory to Thy longsuffering, O Lord.
Bass: ‘Though all men shall deny Thee, I will not deny Thee,’ Peter cried to Jesus. ‘Neither flesh nor blood, but Thy Father hast revealed Thee to me.’ And we bless Thee and glorify Thee to all ages. Choir: And we bless Thee and glorify Thee to all ages.
Tenor: ‘Thou hast not fathomed the full depth of divine wisdom and knowledge, though hast not understood the abyss of My judgments’, the Lord said. ‘Therefore do not boast, for thou art flesh, and three times shalt thou deny Me.’ And we bless Thee and glorify Thee to all ages.
Choir: And we bless Thee and glorify Thee to all ages.

11. AIR
Mezzo-soprano: I see Thy bridal chamber adorned, O my Saviour, and I have no wedding garment that I may enter there. Make the robe of my sole to shine, O Giver of Light, and save me.

12. EVANGELIST: Mt. 26:36–44.
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

13. CHORUS AND RECITATIVE: Today the Creator of heaven and earth.
Choir: Glory to Thy longsuffering, O Lord.
Tenor, choir: Today the Creator of heaven and earth said to His disciples: ‘The hour is at hand, and Judas who betrays Me has drawn near. Let none of you deny Me when you see Me on the cross between two thieves. For as man I suffer, but as Lover of mankind I will save those who believe in Me.’ Choir: I will save those who believe in Me.

14. CHORUS: The Beatitudes

In Thy kingdom remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.

EVANGELIST: Mt. 26:47–50, 55–56.
Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

16. CHORUS AND RECITATIVE: The disciple agreed upon the price of the Master.
Choir: Glory to Thy longsuffering, O Lord.
Tenor: The disciple agreed upon the price of the Master, and for thirty pieces of silver he sold the Lord; with a deceitful kiss he betrayed Him to the transgressors to be put to death.
Choir: Glory to Thy longsuffering, O Lord.


18. EVANGELIST: Mt. 26:57–68.
And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

19. CHORUS: He who clothes Himself in light as in a garment.
Choir: Glory to Thy Passion, O Lord.
Choir: He who clothes Himself in light as in a garment, stood naked at the judgment; on His cheek He received blows from the hands which He had formed. The lawless people nailed to the Cross the Lord of Glory. Then the veil of the temple was rent in twain and the sun was darkened, for it could not bear to see such outrage done to God, before whom all things tremble. Let us worship Him.

20. EVANGELIST: Mt. 26:69–75.
Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

21. CHORUS AND RECITATIVE: Peter denied Thee three times.
Choir: Glory to Thy longsuffering, O Lord.
Bass: Peter denied Thee three times, and straightway he understood Thy words; but he offered Thee tears of repentance: ‘O God, be merciful to me and save me.’
Choir: O God, be merciful to me and save me.

22. AIR Bass: O God, be merciful to me and save me.

23. EVANGELIST: Mt. 27:1–5.
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

24. CHORUS: What reason led thee, Judas, to betray the Saviour?
Choir: Glory to Thy Passion, O Lord. What reason led thee, Judas, to betray the Saviour? Did He expel thee from the company of the apostles? Did He deprive thee of the gift of healing? When thou wast at supper with the others, did He drive thee from the table? When He washed the others’ feet, did He pass thee by? How many are the blessings that thou hast forgotten! Thou are condemned for thine ingratitude, but His measureless longsuffering and great mercy are proclaimed to all.

25. EVANGELIST: Mt. 27:11–17, 22–26.
And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

26. CHORUS AND RECITATIVE: When Thou, O God, wast standing before Caiaphas.
Choir: Glory to Thy Passion, O Lord.
Tenor: When Thou, O God, wast standing before Caiaphas and wast delivered unto Pilate, O Judge, then the powers of heaven quaked with fear. Thou wast raised upon the Cross between two thieves, and though sinless Thou wast numbered with transgressors, for the salvation of mankind. O longsuffering Lord, glory to Thee. Choir: O longsuffering Lord, glory to Thee.


CHORUS: Let all mortal flesh keep silence.
Choir: let all mortal flesh keep silence, and stand with fear and trembling; and let it take no thought for any earthly thing. For the King of Kings and Lord of Lords draws near to be sacrificed and given as food to the faithful. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

29. EVANGELIST: Mt. 27:27–37.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, This is Jesus the King of the Jews.

30. CHORUS: We venerate Thy Cross, O Master.
Choir: Glory to Thy Passion, O Lord. We venerate Thy Cross, O Master, and we glorify Thy holy Resurrection.

31. CHORUS: Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross.
Choir: Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross. He who is King of the angels is arrayed in a crown of thorns. He who wraps the heaven in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery. He who in Jordan set Adam free receives blows upon His face. The Bridegroom of the Church is transfixed with nails. The Son of the Virgin is pierced with a spear. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. Show us also Thy glorious Resurrection.

32. EVANGELIST: Mt. 27:38–44.
Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.] He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

33. CHORUS: Thou hast redeemed us. Choir: Glory to Thy Passion, O Lord.
Thou hast redeemed us from the curse of the Law by Thy precious Blood: nailed to the Cross and pierced by the spear, Thou hast poured forth immortality upon mankind. O our Saviour, glory be to Thee.

34. EVANGELIST: Mt. 27:45–50.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

35. CHORUS: We hymn Thee.
Choir: We hymn Thee, we bless Thee, we give thanks to Thee, O Lord, and we pray unto Thee, O our God.

36. EVANGELIST: Mt. 27:51–56.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.

37. CHORAL AND RECITATIVE: The whole creation was changed by fear.
Tenor: The whole creation was changed by fear, when it saw Thee, O Christ, hanging on the Cross. The sun was darkened and the foundations of the earth were shaken; all things suffered with the Creator of all. Of Thine own will Thou hast endured this for our sakes: O Lord, glory to Thee.
Tenor: Seeing Thee crucified, O Christ, the whole creation trembled, the foundations of the earth shook with fear, the veil of the temple was rent in twain, and the dead rose from the tombs. When the centurion saw the wonder, he was filled with dread. And Thy Mother, standing by Thee, cried with a mother’s sorrow: ‘How shall I not lament and strike my breast, seeing Thee stripped naked and hung upon the wood as one condemned?’ Thou wast crucified and buried, and Thou hast risen from the dead: O Lord, glory to Thee.

38. AIR: The Holy Virgin’s lament.
Soprano: My Son and my God, my Life and my Hope died on the Cross; my Joy and my Light descended to the tomb. My Son and my Lord, the Light of my eyes, my sweetest Jesus, my Joy and my Springtime, my Sun set beneath the earth.

39. CHORUS: Weep not for Me, O Mother.
Choir: Weep not for Me, O Mother, beholding in the sepulchre the Son whom thou hast conceived without seed in thy womb. For I shall rise and shall be glorified, and as God I shall exalt in everlasting glory those who magnify thee with faith and love.

Tenor: Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou reignest for ever.
Choir: Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou reignest for ever.
Tenor: My soul magnifies Him who suffered willingly, and was buried, Christ the Giver of life.
Choir: Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou reignest for ever.
Tenor: Christ is the new Passover, the living sacrifice, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
Choir: Arise, O God, judge Thou the earth: for Thou reignest for ever.

Choir: Arise, O God.

EVANGELIST: Mt. 27:57–61.
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

43. CHORUS: Noble Joseph
Choir: Noble Joseph, taking down Thy most pure Body from the tree, wrapped it in clean linen with sweet spices, and he laid it in a new tomb. But on the third day Thou didst arise, O Lord, granting great mercy to the world.

44. EVANGELIST: Mt. 27:62–66.
Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

45. AIR
Tenor: O Lord my God, I will sing to Thee a funeral hymn, for Thou hast descended into hell; I will sing to Thee a song at Thy burial, for Thou hast slain death.

46. CHORUS: Thou didst descend into hell.
Choir: Thou didst descend into hell, O Christ God, and, having trampled death by death, Thou didst arise on the third day.

47/48. FUGUE AND CHORUS: Thy death, O Lord, we proclaim.
Choir: Thy death, O Lord, we proclaim, and Thy Resurrection we confess. Alleluia, glory to Thee.

For the Gospel passages, King James Version of the Bible is used. Translations of liturgical texts are borrowed mostly from: The Lenten Triodion, Translated from the original Greek by Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, St Tikhon’s Seminary Press, South Canaan, PA, 2002. Reprinted with permission.

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Evgeney Dyatlov reciting of Gospel. Olga Ushakova (Soprano), Olga Nadezjdina (Alto), Viacheslav Zikov (Tenor), Rodionov Vasenkin (Bass)

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