Aorist Press is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit Orthodox Christian publishing house dedicated to bringing "the Eternal in the words of today" in support of the Church's missionary, educational and research activities, and to provide monetary and other assistance to worthy Church-related projects.
We produce complete and integrated, high-quality, printed musical, liturgical, educational and other resources within the framework of the Slav tradition, promoting Revised Liturgical English (RLE) to church choir directors, readers, and singers, to enable them to easily and seamlessly perform their sacred duties from the kliros.
Our first major project is to support the building project at St. Mark's Orthodox Church in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania.
Prof. Sergei D. Arhipov retired in 2017 after serving as an officer in the US Army and a career as research librarian that began in NYC, and culminated in serving the Church as Head Librarian and Registrar at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Well-known for his recension of the Apostol, Sergei is a life-long musician and lover of languages. He began translating Church Slavonic liturgical services together with Isaac Lambertsen (+Monk Joseph) under the tutelage of Fr. Vladimir S. Borichevsky, then Dean of St. Tikhon’s, in 1973. His first work was the translation of the Akathist Hymn in honor of the Mother of God “She Who is Quick to Hear”, still being sung by the brotherhood of St. Tikhon’s to this day. Highly respected for his countless prayers, commemorations, and eulogies composed in the Japanese Haiku form, Fr. Vladimir lamented the strictly mechanical production of what he termed “pedestrian” translations being produced for the English-speaking Orthodox Church of the heady early days of American autocephaly. He frequently remarked that the prayers of the Church should be written in a poetic form to complement the harmonies and rhythms of the original Hebrew and Greek, which were preserved so wonderfully in the beautiful melodies and expressions of traditional Church Slavonic services. Following this wish and his example, Sergei has dedicated his musical and artistic life to the memory of Fr. Vladimir and to the expression of the Orthodox liturgical life in what he has termed, “Revised Liturgical English”, and which you will now find in the publications of Aorist Press.
Daria Cortése, M.M., is the Managing Director of Aorist Press and the senior choir director at St. Mark's Orthodox Church in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania (Orthodox Church in America). She has studied choral conducting, vocal performance and voice pedagogy with Joseph Flummerfelt, Scott McCoy, Andrew Megill, James Jordan, Marvin Keenze and David Kimock. She has also appeared on recordings conducted by Joseph Flummerfelt, Vladimir Gorbik and Robin Freeman.