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I've sung this setting of the 100-fold (actually 70-fold in this musical arrangement) "Lord have mercy" (alternating between English and Slavonic) many times for the Vigil of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14). My take on the experience is that it's really possible to lose sense of the greater liturgical pageantry and spirituality of the rite (i.e., the priest blessing the four directions of creation with the cross) by focusing too much on each individual "Lord have mercy." Maybe it's better to think of all the little "Lord have mercy"s as one grand, long "Lord have mercy!"
I didn't think that was fast.
I forgot to thank you for the link, sohma. Indeed, it was very beautiful!
Every prayer is summarized in the words of the prayer "Lord have mercy!" So when it is chanted like this, to me it sounds like the prayer is resounding around the whole world, as though the whole Cosmos is chanting the prayer at once, which, in fact, it is.
I found the thread that I mentioned earlier--and it was only 3 1/2 years ago I still wonder if the practice doesn't sometimes approach "vain repetitions," though I didn't think that about this video in particular.
Nor did I
Quote from: Fr. Anastasios on November 01, 2008, 04:15:41 PMI didn't think that was fast.It's right about the tempo at which my choir director likes to take that arrangement. It does take some rehearsal to get up to speed, but once well rehearsed, it really doesn't feel all that fast.
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