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This CD offers a veritable panoply of "Orthodox sounds" -- bell-ringing, scripture readings, singing, alternately by choirs of men's, women's, and mixed voices, chants of Russian Znamenny and Kievan, Serbian, Carpatho-Russian, and Byzantine Chants. All this is representative of the incredibly rich liturgical musical life practiced at the Protection of the Holy Virgin/St. Seraphim Parish in Santa Rosa, California, inspired and guided by its pastor, Fr. Lawrence Margitich. The musical selections are punctuated by readings, resembling a type of "lessons and carols" format, which, though not strictly liturgical, serves to illustrate the intimate link between Holy Scripture and Orthodox hymnography. The scope and variety of repertoire are truly "encyclopedic," showing how chants of many cultures and time periods can be adapted to the needs of Orthodoxy in the English-speaking world. Both inspirational and educational, this CD will provide an enjoyable listening experience, whether during the festal period of the "Winter Pascha" that it encompasses, or at any other time of the year.--V.M.