A new version of the Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Apostolic Church (the Holy Badarak) ‘s has been released on a 2-CD set.
Composed by George Kirazian, the new Badarak keeps the ancient texts of the centuries-old Liturgy while infusing it with new music reflective of both sacred Armenian tradition and modernity. Kirazian’s version of the Divine Liturgy is the result of 12 years’ work and a lifetime’s dedication to Armenian Sacred Music.
The Kirazian Badarak has been performed in excerpt at St. John Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church in San Diego, where the composer was one of the church founders and has served for decades. It has also been performed professionally at various concerts by the San Diego a cappella choral group, Pacific Camerata, which performs the Badarak on the CD and is directed by Dan Ratelle.
The Officiating Priest on the recording is His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church. He is assisted by Deacons Hagop and Hohvaness Hovsepian of New Jersey.
As Kirazian describes in the album notes: “The Divine Liturgy (The Holy Badarak) is a divine dialogue, and its subject is the Eternal Glory of God. In the various versions that have been sung for generations, the chants and prayers of the officiating Priest and Deacons, and the choral praise of the Choir blend into a humble vocal offering that is heartfelt and deeply moving. Each Sunday, in Armenian Churches throughout the world, our Divine Liturgy enables the entire congregation to grow spiritually, to move closer to the Lord’s Light. I hope my version will, like those before it, nourish the spirit of all who hear it, and deepen our love for Christ….”
Author, teacher, and composer, George Kirazian completed undergraduate and graduate studies at New York University and for many years taught Writing and Literature courses at Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA. In addition to publishing poetry and fiction, he has written scripts and instructional videos, including the popular Let’s Play the Piano and All Those Keyboards (Kultur Video). Kirazian’s other musical compositions include various art songs, hymns, and a ballet.