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Offline lubeltri

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Favorite Lenten sacred music
« on: March 12, 2008, 11:30:00 AM »
What are some of your favorite pieces of sacred music for Lent (can be liturgical or extra-liturgical, chants, hymns, etc.)? Links to examples (youtube, mp3, etc.) would be helpful!

Here are two of mine:

Attende Domine

Ancient Mozarabic hymn from the 10th century. It's been our closing hymn at Mass the last couple Sundays.

Lyrics (with English translation) here: http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/Confessio/Attende.html

Listen to it here (just click): http://www.laus.or.kr/Music/gregorianus/%C3%B5%BB%E7%B9%CC%BB%E7%B0%EE/13%20Attende%20Domine.mp3

Allegri's Miserere (based on Psalm 50/51).

This one makes me very weepy both because of its stunning beauty and because of the penitential lyrics.

Lyrics (with English translation) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miserere_(Allegri)#Text

Listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x71jgMx0Mxc


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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008, 01:45:50 PM »
At Great Compline, we chant the hymn "Lord of Hosts" whose text is:

Lord of Hosts, be with us, for we have none other help in times of sorrow but thee.   O Lord of Hosts, have mercy upon us.

The verses are supplied from Psalm 150.  This is a Greek recording in the Plagal of Tone 6.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nJllw0kTz4

But honestly, what greater hymn is there other than St. Andrew of Crete's Great Canon.  Sure, it's long, but what a great trek through the Scriptures!

http://www.orthodox.net/greatlent/great-canon-fifth-week.pdf
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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008, 02:22:09 PM »
Personally I love "Thy Bridal Chamber" the exapostilarion at Matins on Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately the only version I could find similar to ours was a midi version so I think I will just leave that where I found it.
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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2008, 02:46:15 PM »
Favorite of Lent?  Since lent doesn't include Holy Week, I'll answer twice:

The long prokimenon of Cheesfare Sunday evening vespers (it's chanted long in the Greek tradition on the Sunday evenings at Contrition vespers).

For Holy Week: The Glory, Both Now hymn of the Aposticha of Holy Friday Vespers (also called the Un-nailing service).
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2008, 04:22:20 PM »
The hymn in Presanctified Liturgy when we bring the gifts out. I like the line that says "Now the King of Glory enters fulfilled." The somber attitude and the pageantry that goes along with it I find beautiful.
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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2008, 04:25:06 PM »
The hymn in Presanctified Liturgy when we bring the gifts out. I like the line that says "Now the King of Glory enters fulfilled." The somber attitude and the pageantry that goes along with it I find beautiful.

That's the Great Entrance hymn "Now the Powers..." which replaces the Cherubikon for the Presanct.

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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2008, 04:31:06 PM »
Thank you. I couldn't remember its name. It is a beautiful hymn.
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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2008, 11:09:33 PM »
The hymn in Presanctified Liturgy when we bring the gifts out. I like the line that says "Now the King of Glory enters fulfilled." The somber attitude and the pageantry that goes along with it I find beautiful.

I got to sing this hymn tonight in a very traditional and somber plagal of the fourth tone.  How majestic and how much it made me realize that Christ and His angels were truly there with us!
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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2008, 11:18:18 PM »
Having Suffered/ Preterp'ivyj which is sang after the conclusion of Pre-Sanctified Liturgy in those parishes of Carpathian mountain descent (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church, ACROD, I'm not sure about the Ukrainian Orthodox parishes).

I like our tradition of chanting the psalms antiphonally ( the whole congregation chants them) during Pre-Sanctified.  Most of our services are always sang by the entire congregation in Carpathian Plain-Chant/prostopinije.  Many if not most sing from pure memory, if not everyone has the music right there with them.  It is uplifting and wonderful to hear everyone singing as one.

Having Suffered lyrics, they are simple, but the melody is beautiful and you sing it three times and prostrate between each time you sing it:

in Latinica/Slavonic
Preter'pivyj za nas strasti, Isuse Christe, Syne Bozij, pomiluj nas, pomiluj, pomiluj nas

Having Suffered the passion for us, Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy , have mercy, have mercy on us. 
It's simple but you should hear the music for it, it's pretty.
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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2008, 12:05:17 AM »
I love the setting, based on the Byzantine system of chant, of the Great Prokeimenon ("Let my prayer arise...") of the Presanctified Liturgy that my parish uses.  Sorry I can't post a link to a recorded singing of this hymn.
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Re: Favorite Lenten sacred music
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2008, 12:45:31 AM »
I got to sing this hymn tonight in a very traditional and somber plagal of the fourth tone.  How majestic and how much it made me realize that Christ and His angels were truly there with us!

By the way (another shameless plug for album of mine), we sang this earlier tonight:
http://anaphorapress.com/music/music/cherubika-playlist/ (Track 9)