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6/19/11: Photos and Inspiration from the Official CD Release!

(published June 25, 2011)

The Official release of "A Day in the Year" CD took place at the Cathedral on Sunday, June 19, 2011. The Cathedral choir and parishioners are very grateful to our friend, neighbor and local community organizer Anthony Donovan, for giving us the impetus and inspiration to record this CD; and then taking it upon himself to personally record, edit and produce it.

The following are some comments from Anthony about his why he became involved and volunteered to help us.

Lets remember, I just recorded these voices.

The real gifts here are the decades, the many years of Ms. Cross, Ms. Breazu, Fr. Calin, Fr. Michael's profound dedication together... all the countless hours of pouring over notes, preparation and of their reciting, singing and singing.

Only the combination of such rich experience and intense focus could pull together so quickly (a matter of weeks) this truly monumental and substantial sacred work.

Here we just caught a moment, now static in time, but hopefully coming alive with each listen to remind us that this dynamic prayer is active each and every week, and continues to grow. Their worthy discipline of "practicing the presence" lending us example. How fortunate this congregation and community has been and remains.

As a neighbor, and non Russian Orthodox I have entered this sacred space of the the Cathedral, and been deeply touched and moved over the many years. Indeed it has helped me quietly heal and deeply commune with inspiration.

Last December when these four sang at an interfaith event for the wider community, dozens of people mentioned how rapt and truly sublime they were. One said, "They just sent all of us straight to heaven." Another, "If I could hear Angels singing, that's as close as I'll ever hear it."

Recently, when it was rather shockingly discovered that they have never recorded themselves, despite our treasuring the traits of humility and modesty, I was so honored and pleased that they succumbed to persuasion, to record for others, for our resource. Record not in the isolation and perfect individual control of a studio, but rather, as is, in their home, the Cathedral.

How fortunate we are that none take to resting on a completed work, but continue to constantly ready and think ahead for the next days vespers, service, another feast day, a wedding or funeral, carrying forward an ancient tradition in an ever renewing light.

May this work help us enter prayer, strengthen our hope, help us enjoy God's creativity, help us dissolve our fear, mourn, heal, and rejoice. May it awaken us again and again to the resources we have present in our lives, here, now. May it bring nothing but blessings to the Cathedral, those who lent their voice, and to all who listen."

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