Celebrate Pascha! Also In Mulieribus this Sunday!

Happy Pascha: May 5

Cappella Romana sings the opening of Semeron krematai in the medieval melody from Jerusalem, during recording sessions at Stanford University in February, 2013.

Σήμερον κρεμᾶται ἐπὶ ξύλου, ὁ ἐν ὕδασι τὴν γῆν κρεμάσας.

Today he who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon a Tree
He who is King of the Angels is arrayed in a crown of thorns.
He who wraps the heaven in clouds is wrapped in mocking purple.
He who freed Adam in the Jordan receives a blow on the face.
The Bridegroom of the Church is transfixed with nails.
The Son of the Virgin is pierced by a lance,.
We worship your Sufferings, O Christ
Show us also your glorious Resurrection.

John Michael Boyer, protopsaltis of the Metropolis of San Francisco, will lead the chanting at Pascha at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Portland, May 4, 11pm, and into Pascha May 5. He will also visit the Seattle area. See full schedule here.

In Mulieribus, in concert

Stella Splendens: Medieval Songs of Travel

Following your Pascha celebrations (if you’re on the Julian Calendar), complete your day by attending In Mulieribus on Sunday night.

Exploring music played and sung by medieval pilgrims and crusaders, this program features selections from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat and the Codex Calixtinus, music from which Cappella Romana performed in November 2012.  You’ll recognize a number of In Mulieribus singers from Cappella Romana’s roster, also!

The songs vary in style and mood and feature delightful tunes and jaunty rhythms. They tell tales of adventure, love and piety encountered along the pilgrims’ journey.

For this concert the singers of In Mulieribus will be joined by instrumentalists Phil and Gayle Neuman of the Oregon Renaissance Band.

Stella Splendens: Medieval Songs of Travel

Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 PM
St. Stephen’s Catholic Church
1112 SE 41st Ave. Portland, OR
Tickets at (800)494-TIXS or boxofficetickets.com