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« on: April 05, 2010, 03:28:57 AM »

Besides the Paschal troparion itself, I think this is probably my favorite bit of hymnography from Holy Week/Pascha:

By mine own will, the earth covers me, O
Mother, but the gatekeepers of hell tremble at
seeing me clothed in the blood-stained
garments of vengeance; for when I have
vanquished mine enemies on the cross, I shall
arise as God and magnify you.

What an amazing image! Cf. Isaiah 59:16-18, 63:1-3.

What are the hymns or perhaps Scripture readings that you find most beautiful, meaningful, stirring, etc.?
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010, 05:56:01 AM »

Far too much to choose from!!

From Russian/Slavic tradition:

The troparion of the Vespers of Great Friday (Noble Joseph)
The antiphons of the Paschal Liturgy
The magnificat The Angel Cried Out (Angel vopiyashe)

From Greek tradition:

The doxastikon of the Matins Apostikha of Holy Wednesday, also known as the Hymn of Kassiane (after the hymn's author, St Kassiane the Hymnographer):

The woman who had fallen into many sins, perceiving Your divinity, O Lord,
Received the dignity of a myrrh-bearer,
For with lamentation she brought fragrant myrrh to You before Your burial.
And she cried: Woe is me, for love of sin and stings of lustful passion envelop me as the night, dark and moonless.
As You cause the clouds to drop down the waters of the sea, accept the fountain of my tears.
As by Your indescribable condescension You bowed down the heavens, so incline to the groaning of my heart.
I shall kiss Your most pure feet and wipe them with the hair of my head,
Those same feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise when she hid herself in fear.
Who can count the multitude of my sins? Who can measure the depths of Your judgements, O Saviour of my soul?
Do not turn away from me, Your servant, for You have immeasurable mercy.


The 15th Antiphon, Matins of Great Friday, in the hands of a good protopsaltis:

Today is hung upon a Tree, He who hung the earth upon the waters. (x3)
He is arrayed in a crown of thorns, who is King of the Angels.
He is wrapped in the purple of mockery, who wraps the heavens in clouds.
He receives blows on the face, who freed Adam in the Jordan.
He is transfixed with nails, who is the Bridegroom of the Church.
He is pierced by a lance, who is the Son of the Virgin.
We venerate Your Passion, O Christ
We venerate Your Passion, O Christ
We venerate Your Passion, O Christ
Show us also Your glorious Resurrection.


From both traditions:

Come, let us bless Joseph (sung at the very end of Great Friday vespers):

Come, let us bless Joseph of eternal memory, who came by night to Pilate and begged for the Life of all: “Give me this Stranger, who has no place to lay His head. Give me this Stranger, whom an evil disciple betrayed to death. Give me this Stranger, whom His Mother saw hanging upon the cross, and with a mother's sorrow cried, weeping: ‘Woe is me, O my Child, Light of my eyes and Beloved of my bosom, for what Symeon foretold in the temple now has come to pass: a sword has pierced my heart; but change my grief to gladness by Your resurrection.’” We venerate Your Passion, O Christ. We venerate Your Passion, O Christ. We venerate Your Passion, O Christ, and Your holy Resurrection.

While not, strictly speaking, a hymn, the Easter Homily of St John Chrysostom. Flawless. Particularly good is: O death, where is your sting? O hades, where is your victory?

From the Praises of Great Friday matins:

They stripped Me of my garments, and clothed Me in a scarlet cloak; they placed a crown of thorns upon My head and put a reed into My right hand, that I might smash them like a potter’s vessel.

From the Easter Stikhera:

The myrrh-bearing women at deep dawn came to the grave of the giver of Life. They found an Angel sitting on the stone, and he addressed them and said: "Why do you seek the Living among the dead? Why do you mourn the Incorruptible amid corruption? Go, proclaim it to His disciples."

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010, 09:17:13 AM »

Christ is risen!

Just wanted to share a beautiful rendition of the Evlogitaria/Blessed art Thou of the Resurrection, with an excellent matching of visual icons to the lyrics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9aFb7iOTtI

I remember when I embraced Orthodoxy and was to celebrate my first Pascha, that I was missing the Halleluja Chorus.  Then I heard St. John of Damascus' Paschal sticheria, and forgot all about Handel. Part of that was also hearing the First Ode:

Of old Thou didst bury the persuing tyrant
beneath the waves of the sea.
Now the children of those who were saved
bury Thee beneath the earth.
But with the maidens we will cry to the Lord
For greatly has He been glorified.

Then the hymn on Great and Holy Friday/Saturday Matins which climaxes:

The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day, when he said,
God blessed the seventh day.
This is the Blessed Sabbath;
this is the day of rest,
on which the Only-Begotten Son of God rested from all His works.
By suffering death to fulfill the plan of salvation,
He kept the Sabbath in the flesh;
by returning again to what He was,
He has granted us eternal life through His resurrection,
for He alone is good, and the Lover of man.

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2010, 11:13:01 AM »

Do not lament Me, O Mother, seeing Me in the tomb,
the Son conceived in the womb without seed;
for I shall arise, and be glorified with eternal glory as God;
I shall exalt all who magnify Thee in faith and in love.

Let God Arise. Let His enemies be scattered. And let those who hate him, flee before His Face.
As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish. As wax melts before the fire.
So let the wicked perish in the presence of God, but the Righteous rejoice.
This is the Day that the LORD has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Today a sacred Passover is revealed to us. A new and holy Pascha. A mystical Pascha. Pascha which is Christ the Redeemer. The Great Pascha. A Pascha which has opened for us the gates of Paradise. A Pascha which sanctifies the faithful.
"Pascha of beauty! The Pascha of the Lord! Pascha! Pascha ransom from affliction.
"Pascha, let us embrace each other joyously. Let us call "brothers" even those that hate us and forgive all by the Resurrection!"

Thou didst suspend the earth immovably
upon the waters. Now creation beholds Thee
suspended on Calvary. It quakes with great
amazement and cries: “None is holy but Thee,
O Lord!”

The angel cried to the Lady Full of Grace: Rejoice, O Pure Virgin!
Again I say: Rejoice! Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!
With Himself He has raised all the dead! Rejoice, all you people!
Shine! Shine! O New Jerusalem! The Glory of the Lord has shone on you!
Exalt now and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O Pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!

Today hell cries out groaning:
"My dominion has shattered. I received a dead man as one of the dead, but against Him I could not prevail. From eternity I had ruled the dead, but behold, He raises all. Because of Him do I perish".
Glory to Thy Cross and Resurrection,
O Lord!
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010, 11:54:33 AM »

From the Greek Tradition:

The Hymn of St. Kassiane
15th Antiphon of Holy Friday


From the Ukrainian Tradition (prefer Ukrainian over Russian, yes I am biased but I don't care  Tongue  laugh )

The Angel Cried
Christos Voskres

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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 12:00:23 PM »

Great Friday
Antiphon II
Antiphon XV

Holy Saturday
Great Moses prefigured

Pascha
Irmos of Ode 7 (The Children)
Shine, Shine
Stichera "A Sacred Pascha hath been shown forth to us today"
Doxastikon "It is the Day of Resurrection"

All Byzantine chant, naturally Wink

There is one Russian Chant I like, I have to admit... Smiley   I love the way the Russians I have heard chant the Nocturns canon....very nice IMO.  At SVS, at least.  Is that the way most Russian Churches do it here in America?
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010, 12:56:19 PM »

Holy Thursday/Friday Matins
"Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰώνας τῶν αἰώνων Ἀμήν.
Ἤδη βάπτεται κάλαμος ἀποφάσεως παρά κριτῶν ἀδίκων, καὶ Ἰησούς δικάζεται καὶ κατακρίνεται Σταυρῷ.
Καὶ πάσχει ἡ κτίσις ἐν Σταυρῷ καθορῶσα τὸν Κύριον.
Ἀλλ' ὁ φύσει σώματος δι' ἐμέ πάσχων, Ἀγαθέ Κύριε, Δόξα Σοι."
"Now & ever & unto Ages of Ages, Amen.
Already the pen of sentence is being dipped in ink by unjust judges, and Jesus is being convicted and condemned to the Cross.
Αnd creation, seeing its Lord on the Cross, is suffering.
But Υου Who for me suffer in Your bodily nature, 0 loving Lord, Glory to You!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICpngnjJFTM

Holy Friday/Saturday Matins
"Τὸν ἥλιον κρύψαντα τὰς ἰδίας ἀκτῖνας
καὶ τὸ καταπέτασμα τοῦ ναοῦ διαῤῥαγὲν τῷ τοῦ Σωτῆρος θανάτῳ
ὁ Ἰωσὴφ θεασάμενος, προσῆλθε τῷ Πιλάτῳ καὶ καθικετεύει λέγων·
'Δός μοι τοῦτον τὸν ξένον,
τὸν ἐκ βρέφους ὡς ξένον ξενωθέντα ἐν κόσμῳ.
Δός μοι τοῦτον τόν ξένον,
ὃν ὁμόφυλοι μισοῦντες θανατοῦσιν ὡς ξένον.
Δός μοι τοῦτον τὸν ξένον,
ὃν ξενίζομαι βλέπειν τοῦ θανάτου τὸν ξένον.
Δός μοι τοῦτον τὸν ξένον,
ὅστις οἶδε ξενίζειν τοὺς πτωχοὺς καὶ τοὺς ξένους.
Δός μοι τοῦτον τὸν ξένον,
ὃν Ἑβραῖοι τῷ φθόνῳ ἀπεξένωσαν κόσμῳ.
Δός μοι τοῦτον τὸν ξένον,
ἵνα κρύψω ἐν τάφῳ, ὃς ὡς ξένος οὐκ ἔχει τὴν κεφαλὴν ποῦ κλίνῃ.
Δός μοι τοῦτον τὸν ξένον,
ὃν ἡ μήτηρ ὁρῶσα νεκρωθέντα, ἐβόα·
Ὦ Υἱὲ καὶ Θεέ μου, εἰ καὶ τὰ σπλάγχνα τιτρώσκομαι
καὶ καρδίαν σπαράττομαι νεκρόν σε καθορῶσα,
ἀλλὰ τῇ σῇ ἀναστάσει θαῤῥοῦσα μεγαλύνω.
Καὶ τούτοις τοίνυν τοῖς λόγοις δυσωπῶν τὸν Πιλᾶτον
ὁ εὐσχήμων λαμβάνει τοῦ Σωτῆρος τὸ σῶμα,
ὃ καὶ φόβῳ ἐν σινδόνι ἐνειλήσας καὶ σμύρνῃ κατέθετο ἐν τάφῳ
τὸν παρέχοντα πᾶσι ζωὴν αἰώνιον καὶ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος".
“Seeing that the sun had hidden its rays
and the veil of the Temple had been rent at the death of the Saviour
Joseph did approach Pilate and did plead with him crying and saying:
'Give me this stranger, who from his youth hath wandered like a stranger.
Give me this stranger, whom his kinsmen killed in hatred like a stranger.
Give me this stranger at whom I wonder, beholding him as a guest of death.
Give me this stranger who knoweth how to take in the poor and strangers.
Give me this stranger whom the Jews in envy estranged from the world.
Give me this stranger that I may bury him in a tomb, who being a stranger hath no place whereon to lay his head.
Give me this stranger, to whom his Mother, beholding him dead, shouted crying
“O my Son and my God, even though my vitals be wounded, and my heart burns, as I behold thee dead, yet trusting in thy Resurrection, I magnify thee”
facing down Pilate with these words the noble one took the Saviours body
and in fear wrapped it in linen and sweet spices
and laid in a new tomb him who bestows on all
eternal life and great mercy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJgmwdyf-pE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3faD0yLeoGo

"Δόξα Πατρί καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.
Τὴν σήμερον μυστικῶς, ὁ μέγας Μωϋσῆς προδιετυποῦτο λέγων:
'Καὶ εὐλόγησεν ὁ Θεός, τὴν ἡμέραν τὴν ἑβδόμην',
τοῦτο γὰρ ἐστι τὸ εὐλογημένον Σάββατον,
αὕτη ἐστίν ἡ τῆς καταπαύσεως ἡμέρα,
ἐν ἥ κατέπαυσεν ἀπὸ πάντων τῶν ἔργων αὐτοῦ, ὁ Μονογενὴς Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ,
διὰ τῆς κατὰ τὸν θάνατον οἰκονομίας, τῇ σαρκὶ σαββατίσας,
καὶ εἰς ὃ ἥν, πάλιν ἐπανελθῶν, διὰ τῆς Ἀναστάσεως,
ἐδωρήσατο ἡμῖν ζωὴν τὴν αἰώνιον,
ὡς μόνος ἀγαθὸς καὶ φιλάνθρωπος."
"Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day, when he said:
'God blessed the seventh day.'
This is the blessed Sabbath.
This is the day of rest;
on which the only-begotten Son of God rested from all His works.
He kept the Sabbath in the flesh, through the dispensation of death.
But on this day, He returned again through the resurrection.
He has granted us eternal life,
for He alone is good, and the lover of mankind"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP715af6o6I

The Paschal Communion Hymn:
"Σῶμα Χριστοῦ μεταλάβετε. Πηγῆς ἀθανάτου γεύσαστε, Ἀλληλούια"
"Receive ye the body of Christ. Taste ye of the fountain of immortality, Alleluia"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrI-w-VamuM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ze-gAliK-k

Paschal Vespers Prokeimenon:
" Who is so great a God as our God? Thou art God, who doest wonders"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMuoqnuN1mU

(All in the Byzantine tradition)
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010, 01:02:49 PM »

I also very much like some para-liturgical hymns sung in our churches all over Eastertide:
From the dark grave today has Christ arisen:

http://www.trilulilu.ro/beautyhasgrace/34ffdb87d1f9f8

 O Blessed, long expected day, that has appeared to us today:

http://www.trilulilu.ro/alinutza32/a7616062095340

It is the hallowed day of rejoicing today:

http://www.trilulilu.ro/beautyhasgrace/697797697e388a
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2010, 02:35:51 PM »

My favourite hymn (sung in my parish in Greek):

A sacred Pascha has been revealed to us today, a new and holy Pascha, a mystic Pascha, an all-venerable Pascha, a Pascha that is Christ the Redeemer, an unblemished Pascha, a great Pascha, a Pascha of the faithful, a Pascha that has opened for us the gates of Paradise, a Pascha that makes all the faithful holy.

Come from that sight, you women, bearers of good tidings, and say to Sion, ‘Receive from us the good tidings of joy, of Christ’s Resurrection. Exult, dance and be glad, Jerusalem, for you have seen Christ the King like a bridegroom coming from the grave.

The myrrh-bearing women at deep dawn came to the grave of the giver of life. They found an Angel sitting on the stone, and he addressed them and said, ‘Why do you seek the living with the dead? Why do you mourn the incorruptible as though he were in corruption? Go, proclaim it to his Disciples.

A Pascha of delight, Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha, an all-venerable Pascha has dawned for us, Pascha. Let us embrace one another with joy. O Pascha, ransom from sorrow! Today Christ shone forth from a tomb as from a bridal chamber, and filled the women with joy, saying, ‘Proclaim it to the Apostles’.
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2010, 04:06:03 PM »

I gave the question a great deal of thought this afternoon and I came to the conclusion that the entirety of the cycle of services from the  Unction Service through the Liturgy on Pascha are my favorite - with the great troparion of the feast -Christos Voskrese/Christ is Risen being the high point!
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2010, 04:17:56 PM »

The angel cried to the Lady Full of Grace: Rejoice, O Pure Virgin!
Again I say: Rejoice! Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!
With Himself He has raised all the dead! Rejoice, all you people!
Shine! Shine! O New Jerusalem! The Glory of the Lord has shone on you!
Exalt now and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O Pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!


Really, I like all of them.  I love the general tone of the music because it's somber and sorrowful, yet there's a feeling of barely suppressed joy throughout the night until it explodes into the excitement and triumph of the resurrection. 
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2010, 04:27:47 PM »

"The Angel Cried" from the Paschal Liturgy.

From the Akathist service:

Seeing the beauty of your Virginity,
and how resplendently shone forth your chastity,
amazed was Gabriel who cried to you thus, O Theotokos:
What shall I present to you as a worthy encomium?
What shall I address you as? At a loss and perplexed am I.
As ordered, therefore, thus do I shout to you:
Rejoice, O Maiden who are full of grace!

To thee, the Champion Leader, do I offer thanks of victory:
O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror.
But as thou that hast that power invincible,
O Theotokos, thou alone can set me free.
From all forms of danger free me and deliver me,
That I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without bridegroom!

From Bridegroom Matins:

I behold Thy bridal chamber richly adorned, O my Savior;
But I have no wedding garment to worthily enter.
Make radiant the garment of my soul,
O Giver of Light, and save me.
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2010, 04:47:59 PM »

Really, I like all of them.  I love the general tone of the music because it's somber and sorrowful, yet there's a feeling of barely suppressed joy throughout the night until it explodes into the excitement and triumph of the resurrection. 

Yes I love Great and Holy Saturday so much for this reason!
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2010, 06:34:46 PM »

Is anyone else familiar with the song "Suffering Mother Stood near the Cross"? We sing it on Holy Friday in the procession around the Church.

If you go to this website and click on track #3 it will play it for free.
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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2010, 07:56:15 PM »

Great Friday
Antiphon II
Antiphon XV

Holy Saturday
Great Moses prefigured

Pascha
Irmos of Ode 7 (The Children)
Shine, Shine
Stichera "A Sacred Pascha hath been shown forth to us today"
Doxastikon "It is the Day of Resurrection"

All Byzantine chant, naturally Wink

There is one Russian Chant I like, I have to admit... Smiley   I love the way the Russians I have heard chant the Nocturns canon....very nice IMO.  At SVS, at least.  Is that the way most Russian Churches do it here in America?
Can you post a link to a video or audio of the SVS practice so I can compare it to the Russian practice I know?
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2010, 08:41:51 PM »

Christ is Risen!

There are two pieces of music which make my heart burst with joy.

One is "The Angel Cried" which is sung as part of Ode 8 in the Paschal Canon and from now until Ascension is used as the Zadostoinik (in place of It is Meet) in the Liturgy ....

The Angel Cried to the Lady full of grace:  
Rejoice, rejoice, O pure virgin!
Again I say, Rejoice!
They Son hath risen on the third day from the grave.
With Himself He hath raised all the dead,
Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people!

Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem,
The glory of the Lord hath shone on thee
Exalt and be glad, O Zion.
And thou, O pure Mother of God,
Rejoice in the rising of thy Child.

Incomparable, when you hear it sung.  I think we use a Rachmaninov or Katelsky melofy.

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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2010, 09:45:03 PM »

The angel cried to the Lady Full of Grace: Rejoice, O Pure Virgin!
Again I say: Rejoice! Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!
With Himself He has raised all the dead! Rejoice, all you people!
Shine! Shine! O New Jerusalem! The Glory of the Lord has shone on you!
Exalt now and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O Pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!

I love that one and I also love the Paschal troparion "Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life."
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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2010, 09:56:56 PM »

Christ is Risen!

There are two pieces of music which make my heart burst with joy.

One is "The Angel Cried" which is sung as part of Ode 8 in the Paschal Canon and from now until Ascension is used as the Zadostoinik (in place of It is Meet) in the Liturgy ....

The Angel Cried to the Lady full of grace:  
Rejoice, rejoice, O pure virgin!
Again I say, Rejoice!
They Son hath risen on the third day from the grave.
With Himself He hath raised all the dead,
Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people!

Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem,
The glory of the Lord hath shone on thee
Exalt and be glad, O Zion.
And thou, O pure Mother of God,
Rejoice in the rising of thy Child.

Incomparable, when you hear it sung.  I think we use a Rachmaninov or Katelsky melofy.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9B7WiNK9t4&feature=player_embedded
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« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2010, 12:34:53 AM »

"Arise O God, and Judge the Earth, for Thou shall take all people, to Thine Inheritance."

"Come Receive the Light, from the Unwaining Light, and Glorify Christ, Who is risen from the dead."

There certainly are a lot to chose from.
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