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« on: July 15, 2010, 06:46:52 AM »

mine is the hymn of Holy Friday.  it made me cry the first time I heard it ("today he is hung upon the tree")

what's your favorite?
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2010, 10:41:06 AM »

I really like the Hymns to the Theotokos sung at Divine Liturgies, especially :

Holy Pascha:

    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, O ye people!

    Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem!
    The glory of the Lord has shone on you.
    Exult now, and be glad, O Zion!
    Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!


From the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great:

    All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace,
    the ranks of Angels and the human race;
    hallowed Temple and spiritual Paradise, glory of Virgins;
    from you God was incarnate,
    and He, who is our God before the ages, became a little child.
    for He made your body a throne
    and made your womb more spacious than the heavens.
    All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace;
    glory to you!
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2010, 10:42:57 AM »

mine is the hymn of Holy Friday.  it made me cry the first time I heard it ("today he is hung upon the tree")

what's your favorite?

I feel the same way about that hymn.  My favorite would have to be the Resurrection Hymn, especially in the Slavonic tones.  I also really like the Trisagion Hymn.
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2010, 01:09:28 PM »

One of the things that moved me to become Orthodox was hearing the Paschal Apolytikion (Christos Anesti) sung in Greek with enough gusto to lift the dome right off the church.  The hymn of Great Holy Friday (Simeron Kremate Epi Xylou) is also very moving.  I also very much like the Paschal Kontakion and Megalynarion, as well as the Megalynarion of the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2010, 01:25:27 PM »

I normally don't like Byzantine chant at all, but found this "Today He is Hung upon the Tree" and it is simply amazing beyond belief! I still prefer the Slavonic style of church singing, but this is quite powerful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2QNbTDjvJ0&feature=related
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2010, 07:15:41 PM »

Still this:

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I also really like the Akathist Glory to God for all things:

The Akathist Hymn: "Glory to God for All Things"

This Akathist, also called the "Akathist of Thanksgiving," was composed by Protopresbyter Gregory Petrov shortly before his death in a prison camp in 1940. The title is from the words of Saint John Chrysostom as he was dying in exile. It is a song of praise from amidst the most terrible sufferings.

Kontakion 1

Everlasting King, Thy will for our salvation is full of power. Thy right arm controls the whole course of human life. We give Thee thanks for all Thy mercies, seen and unseen. For eternal life, for the heavenly joys of the Kingdom which is to be. Grant mercy to us who sing Thy praise, both now and in the time to come. Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age.

Ikos 1

I was born a weak, defenceless child, but Thine angel spread his wings over my cradle to defend me. From birth until now Thy love has illumined my path, and has wondrously guided me towards the light of eternity; from birth until now the generous gifts of Thy providence have been marvelously showered upon me. I give Thee thanks, with all who have come to know Thee, who call upon Thy name.

Glory to Thee for calling me into being
Glory to Thee, showing me the beauty of the universe
Glory to Thee, spreading out before me heaven and earth
Like the pages in a book of eternal wisdom
Glory to Thee for Thine eternity in this fleeting world
Glory to Thee for Thy mercies, seen and unseen
Glory to Thee through every sigh of my sorrow
Glory to Thee for every step of my life's journey
For every moment of glory
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 2

O Lord, how lovely it is to be Thy guest. Breeze full of scents; mountains reaching to the skies; waters like boundless mirrors, reflecting the sun's golden rays and the scudding clouds. All nature murmurs mysteriously, breathing the depth of tenderness. Birds and beasts of the forest bear the imprint of Thy love. Blessed art thou, mother earth, in thy fleeting loveliness, which wakens our yearning for happiness that will last for ever, in the land where, amid beauty that grows not old, the cry rings out: Alleluia!

Ikos 2

Thou hast brought me into life as into an enchanted paradise. We have seen the sky like a chalice of deepest blue, where in the azure heights the birds are singing. We have listened to the soothing murmur of the forest and the melodious music of the streams. We have tasted fruit of fine flavour and the sweet-scented honey. We can live very well on Thine earth. It is a pleasure to be Thy guest.

Glory to Thee for the Feast Day of life
Glory to Thee for the perfume of lilies and roses
Glory to Thee for each different taste of berry and fruit
Glory to Thee for the sparkling silver of early morning dew
Glory to Thee for the joy of dawn's awakening
Glory to Thee for the new life each day brings
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 3

It is the Holy Spirit who makes us find joy in each flower, the exquisite scent, the delicate colour, the beauty of the Most High in the tiniest of things. Glory and honour to the Spirit, the Giver of Life, who covers the fields with their carpet of flowers, crowns the harvest with gold, and gives to us the joy of gazing at it with our eyes. O be joyful and sing to Him: Alleluia!

Ikos 3

How glorious art Thou in the springtime, when every creature awakes to new life and joyfully sings Thy praises with a thousand tongues. Thou art the Source of Life, the Destroyer of Death. By the light of the moon, nightingales sing, and the valleys and hills lie like wedding garments, white as snow. All the earth is Thy promised bride awaiting her spotless husband. If the grass of the field is like this, how gloriously shall we be transfigured in the Second Coming after the Resurrection! How splendid our bodies, how spotless our souls!

Glory to Thee, bringing from the depth of the earth an endless variety of colours, tastes and scents
Glory to Thee for the warmth and tenderness of the world of nature
Glory to Thee for the numberless creatures around us
Glory to Thee for the depths of Thy wisdom, the whole world a living sign of it
Glory to Thee; on my knees, I kiss the traces of Thine unseen hand
Glory to Thee, enlightening us with the clearness of eternal life
Glory to Thee for the hope of the unutterable, imperishable beauty of immortality
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 4

How filled with sweetness are those whose thoughts dwell on Thee; how life-giving Thy holy Word. To speak with Thee is more soothing than anointing with oil; sweeter than the honeycomb. To pray to Thee lifts the spirit, refreshes the soul. Where Thou art not, there is only emptiness; hearts are smitten with sadness; nature, and life itself, become sorrowful; where Thou art, the soul is filled with abundance, and its song resounds like a torrent of life: Alleluia!

Ikos 4

When the sun is setting, when quietness falls like the peace of eternal sleep, and the silence of the spent day reigns, then in the splendour of its declining rays, filtering through the clouds, I see Thy dwelling-place: fiery and purple, gold and blue, they speak prophet-like of the ineffable beauty of Thy presence, and call to us in their majesty. We turn to the Father.

Glory to Thee at the hushed hour of nightfall
Glory to Thee, covering the earth with peace
Glory to Thee for the last ray of the sun as it sets
Glory to Thee for sleep's repose that restores us
Glory to Thee for Thy goodness even in the time of darkness
When all the world is hidden from our eyes
Glory to Thee for the prayers offered by a trembling soul
Glory to Thee for the pledge of our reawakening
On that glorious last day, that day which has no evening
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 5

The dark storm clouds of life bring no terror to those in whose hearts Thy fire is burning brightly. Outside is the darkness of the whirlwind, the terror and howling of the storm, but in the heart, in the presence of Christ, there is light and peace, silence: Alleluia!

Ikos 5

I see Thine heavens resplendent with stars. How glorious art Thou radiant with light! Eternity watches me by the rays of the distant stars. I am small, insignificant, but the Lord is at my side. Thy right arm guides me wherever I go.

Glory to Thee, ceaselessly watching over me
Glory to Thee for the encounters Thou dost arrange for me
Glory to Thee for the love of parents, for the faithfulness of friends
Glory to Thee for the humbleness of the animals which serve me
Glory to Thee for the unforgettable moments of life
Glory to Thee for the heart's innocent joy
Glory to Thee for the joy of living
Moving and being able to return Thy love
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 6

How great and how close art Thou in the powerful track of the storm! How mighty Thy right arm in the blinding flash of the lightning! How awesome Thy majesty! The voice of the Lord fills the fields, it speaks in the rustling of the trees. The voice of the Lord is in the thunder and the downpour. The voice of the Lord is heard above the waters. Praise be to Thee in the roar of mountains ablaze. Thou dost shake the earth like a garment; Thou dost pile up to the sky the waves of the sea. Praise be to Thee, bringing low the pride of man. Thou dost bring from his heart a cry of Penitence: Alleluia!

Ikos 6

When the lightning flash has lit up the camp dining hall, how feeble seems the light from the lamp. Thus dost Thou, like the lightning, unexpectedly light up my heart with flashes of intense joy. After Thy blinding light, how drab, how colourless, how illusory all else seems. My souls clings to Thee.

Glory to Thee, the highest peak of men's dreaming
Glory to Thee for our unquenchable thirst for communion with God
Glory to Thee, making us dissatisfied with earthly things
Glory to Thee, turning on us Thine healing rays
Glory to Thee, subduing the power of the spirits of darkness
And dooming to death every evil
Glory to Thee for the signs of Thy presence
For the joy of hearing Thy voice and living in Thy love
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 7

In the wondrous blending of sounds it is Thy call we hear; in the harmony of many voices, in the sublime beauty of music, in the glory of the works of great composers: Thou leadest us to the threshold of paradise to come, and to the choirs of angels. All true beauty has the power to draw the soul towards Thee, and to make it sing in ecstasy: Alleluia!

Ikos 7

The breath of Thine Holy Spirit inspires artists, poets and scientists. The power of Thy supreme knowledge makes them prophets and interpreters of Thy laws, who reveal the depths of Thy creative wisdom. Their works speak unwittingly of Thee. How great art Thou in Thy creation! How great art Thou in man!

Glory to Thee, showing Thine unsurpassable power in the laws of the universe
Glory to Thee, for all nature is filled with Thy laws
Glory to Thee for what Thou hast revealed to us in Thy mercy
Glory to Thee for what Thou hast hidden from us in Thy wisdom
Glory to Thee for the inventiveness of the human mind
Glory to Thee for the dignity of man's labour
Glory to Thee for the tongues of fire that bring inspiration
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 8

How near Thou art in the day of sickness. Thou Thyself visitest the sick; Thou Thyself bendest over the sufferer's bed. His heart speaks to Thee. In the throes of sorrow and suffering Thou bringest peace and unexpected consolation. Thou art the comforter. Thou art the love which watches over and heals us. To Thee we sing the song: Alleluia!

Ikos 8

When in childhood I called upon Thee consciously for the first time, Thou didst hear my prayer, and Thou didst fill my heart with the blessing of peace. At that moment I knew Thy goodness and knew how blessed are those who turn to Thee. I started to call upon Thee night and day; and now even now I call upon Thy name.

Glory to Thee, satisfying my desires with good things
Glory to Thee, watching over me day and night
Glory to Thee, curing affliction and emptiness with the healing flow of time
Glory to Thee, no loss is irreparable in Thee, Giver of eternal life to all
Glory to Thee, making immortal all that is lofty and good
Glory to Thee, promising us the longed-for meeting with our loved ones who have died
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 9

Why is it that on a Feast Day the whole of nature mysteriously smiles? Why is it that then a heavenly gladness fills our hearts; a gladness far beyond that of earth and the very air in church and in the altar becomes luminous? It is the breath of Thy gracious love. It is the reflection of the glory of Mount Tabor. Then do heaven and earth sing Thy praise: Alleluia!

Ikos 9

When Thou didst call me to serve my brothers and filled my soul with humility, one of Thy deep, piercing rays shone into my heart; it became luminous, full of light like iron glowing in the furnace. I have seen Thy face, face of mystery and of unapproachable glory.

Glory to Thee, transfiguring our lives with deeds of love
Glory to Thee, making wonderfully Sweet the keeping of Thy commandments
Glory to Thee, making Thyself known where man shows mercy on his neighbour
Glory to Thee, sending us failure and misfortune that we may understand the sorrows of others
Glory to Thee, rewarding us so well for the good we do
Glory to Thee, welcoming the impulse of our heart's love
Glory to Thee, raising to the heights of heaven every act of love in earth and sky
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 10

No one can put together what has crumbled into dust, but Thou canst restore a conscience turned to ashes. Thou canst restore to its former beauty a soul lost and without hope. With Thee, there is nothing that cannot be redeemed. Thou art love; Thou art Creator and Redeemer. We praise Thee, singing: Alleluia!

Ikos 10

Remember, my God, the fall of Lucifer full of pride, keep me safe with the power of Thy Grace; save me from falling away from Thee. Save me from doubt. Incline my heart to hear Thy mysterious voice every moment of my life. Incline my heart to call upon Thee, present in everything.

Glory to Thee for every happening
Every condition Thy providence has put me in
Glory to Thee for what Thou speakest to me in my heart
Glory to Thee for what Thou revealest to me, asleep or awake
Glory to Thee for scattering our vain imaginations
Glory to Thee for raising us from the slough of our passions through suffering
Glory to Thee for curing our pride of heart by humiliation
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 11

Across the cold chains of the centuries, I feel the warmth of Thy breath, I feel Thy blood pulsing in my veins. Part of time has already gone, but now Thou art the present. I stand by Thy Cross; I was the cause of it. I cast myself down in the dust before it. Here is the triumph of love, the victory of salvation. Here the centuries themselves cannot remain silent, singing Thy praises: Alleluia!

Ikos 11

Blessed are they that will share in the King's Banquet: but already on earth Thou givest me a foretaste of this blessedness. How many times with Thine own hand hast Thou held out to me Thy Body and Thy Blood, and I, though a miserable sinner, have received this Mystery, and have tasted Thy love, so ineffable, so heavenly.

Glory to Thee for the unquenchable fire of Thy Grace
Glory to Thee, building Thy Church, a haven of peace in a tortured world
Glory to Thee for the life-giving water of Baptism in which we find new birth
Glory to Thee, restoring to the penitent purity white as the lily
Glory to Thee for the cup of salvation and the bread of eternal joy
Glory to Thee for exalting us to the highest heaven
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 12

How often have I seen the reflection of Thy glory in the faces of the dead. How resplendent they were, with beauty and heavenly joy. How ethereal, how translucent their faces. How triumphant over suffering and death, their felicity and peace. Even in the silence they were calling upon Thee. In the hour of my death, enlighten my soul, too, that it may cry out to Thee: Alleluia!

Ikos 12

What sort of praise can I give Thee? I have never heard the song of the Cherubim, a joy reserved for the spirits above. But I know the praises that nature sings to Thee. In winter, I have beheld how silently in the moonlight the whole earth offers Thee prayer, clad in its white mantle of snow, sparkling like diamonds. I have seen how the rising sun rejoices in Thee, how the song of the birds is a chorus of praise to Thee. I have heard the mysterious mutterings of the forests about Thee, and the winds singing Thy praise as they stir the waters. I have understood how the choirs of stars proclaim Thy glory as they move forever in the depths of infinite space. What is my poor worship! All nature obeys Thee, I do not. Yet while I live, I see Thy love, I long to thank Thee, and call upon Thy name.

Glory to Thee, giving us light
Glory to Thee, loving us with love so deep, divine and infinite
Glory to Thee, blessing us with light, and with the host of angels and saints
Glory to Thee, Father all-holy, promising us a share in Thy Kingdom
Glory to Thee, Holy Spirit, life-giving Sun of the world to come
Glory to Thee for all things, Holy and most merciful Trinity
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 13

Life-giving and merciful Trinity, receive my thanksgiving for all Thy goodness. Make us worthy of Thy blessings, so that, when we have brought to fruit the talents Thou hast entrusted to us, we may enter into the joy of our Lord, forever exulting in the shout of victory: Alleluia!

(repeat Kontakion 13 and Alleluia three times)

Ikos 1

I was born a weak, defenceless child, but Thine angel spread his wings over my cradle to defend me. From birth until now Thy love has illumined my path, and has wondrously guided me towards the light of eternity; from birth until now the generous gifts of Thy providence have been marvelously showered upon me. I give Thee thanks, with all who have come to know Thee, who call upon Thy name.

Glory to Thee for calling me into being
Glory to Thee, showing me the beauty of the universe
Glory to Thee, spreading out before me heaven and earth
Like the pages in a book of eternal wisdom
Glory to Thee for Thine eternity in this fleeting world
Glory to Thee for Thy mercies, seen and unseen
Glory to Thee through every sigh of my sorrow
Glory to Thee for every step of my life's journey
For every moment of glory
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age

Kontakion 1

Everlasting King, Thy will for our salvation is full of power. Thy right arm controls the whole course of human life. We give Thee thanks for all Thy mercies, seen and unseen. For eternal life, for the heavenly Joys of the Kingdom which is to be. Grant mercy to us who sing Thy praise, both now and in the time to come. Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age.
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2010, 11:03:40 PM »

We are allowed only one?  Not really fair, if you ask me!

1.  "Let all mortal flesh"As a chanter I am privileged to really explore the hymns in a way that a most people do not (which is fine).  For me, the most powerful hymn I have chanted is the Cherubimic Hymn of Great and Holy Saturday, "Let all mortal flesh" from the Liturgy of St. James.  When I chant it in that really sorrowfully joyful plagal tone 1 (provided I have a real good ison), I am fulled with awe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enT9OXHN7g4

2.  Evlogetaria.  EVer since I became Orthodox, this has always been the hymn I look forward to most at Sunday Orthros.

3.  "by the rivers of Babylon" on Meatfare and Cheesefare Sundays.  Such a great psalm to ring in the Lenten fast and in such a beautiful tone 3 melody.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2010, 07:45:10 AM »

I really like the Hymns to the Theotokos sung at Divine Liturgies, especially :

Holy Pascha:

    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, O ye people!

    Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem!
    The glory of the Lord has shone on you.
    Exult now, and be glad, O Zion!
    Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!


From the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great:

    All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace,
    the ranks of Angels and the human race;
    hallowed Temple and spiritual Paradise, glory of Virgins;
    from you God was incarnate,
    and He, who is our God before the ages, became a little child.
    for He made your body a throne
    and made your womb more spacious than the heavens.
    All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace;
    glory to you!

I LOVE those aswell, especially the first one.  I have it on my i-pod and I listen to it often, and hearing it sung at Church is even better!
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2010, 08:46:51 PM »

Also Благообразный Иосиф
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2010, 05:00:35 AM »

Also Благообразный Иосиф

Seconded! For those who can't read Cyrillic, this is the troparion of the Vespers of Great Friday, known as Noble Joseph. In the hands of even a half-decent choir, it'll make your hair stand on end for all the right reasons.
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2010, 05:14:50 AM »

Exactly the two choices I was planning on sending to the Forum!!  I wonder if we are both hearing the same music?


I really like the Hymns to the Theotokos sung at Divine Liturgies, especially :

Holy Pascha:

    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, O ye people!

    Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem!
    The glory of the Lord has shone on you.
    Exult now, and be glad, O Zion!
    Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!


From the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great:

    All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace,
    the ranks of Angels and the human race;
    hallowed Temple and spiritual Paradise, glory of Virgins;
    from you God was incarnate,
    and He, who is our God before the ages, became a little child.
    for He made your body a throne
    and made your womb more spacious than the heavens.
    All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace;
    glory to you!

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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2010, 03:03:42 PM »

I always loved Agni Parthene.

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« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2010, 03:24:39 PM »

Hmmm.  My favorite, hands-down, is, "Come, receive the Light."

Further divided: that is my favorite Paschal hymn.  My favorite of Great and Holy Week is the Glory of the Aposticha in the Great Vespers sung on Holy Friday afternoon (on Fr. Ephraim's "Anastasis" website, he's rendered the beginning as, "When Joseph with Nikodemos took you").
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2010, 03:35:20 PM »

"Lord, I Have Cried" at the Vesperal Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday. I laugh every year at Hades' frustration!
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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2010, 05:26:26 PM »

There are so many! In addition to those already mentioned, I would add
- Christ is Risen (Byzantine melody)
- Lord's Prayer (Kedrov or Rimsky-Korsakov)
- Bless the Lord O My Soul (Russian Tone 1)
- "O Lord save Thy people..." and "Before Thy Cross we fall down and worship..."
- The Beatitudes, especially the following:

GREAT & HOLY FRIDAY MATINS                                                       

(After the reading of the Sixth Gospel)

                            THE BEATITUDES                           

IN YOUR KINGDOM REMEMBER US, O LORD, WHEN YOU COME IN YOUR KINGDOM.
BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED.
BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.

Through a tree Adam lost his home in paradise, but through the tree of the cross the thief came there to dwell.  By tasting of the fruit, the first broke the Creator's commandment, but He Who was crucified with You confessed You, the hidden God.  Remember us also, Savior, in Your kingdom!

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED.

Lawless men bought the Creator of the law from a disciple and brought Him before the judgment seat of Pilate as a transgressor.  Though He had given them manna in the wilderness, they cried out: Crucify Him!  But we, imitating the righteous thief, cry out in faith: Remember us also, Savior, in Your kingdom!

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY.

The swarm of those who would kill God, the lawless nation of the Jews, cried out in fury to Pilate: Crucify Him! -- Christ, the innocent one.  And they sought instead the release of Barabbas.  But with the wise thief we lift up our voices: Remember us also, Savior, in Your
kingdom!

BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART, FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD.

From Your life-bearing side, O Christ, a fountain flows forth as from Eden, giving drink to Your Church as to a living paradise.  From there
it divided to become the four rivers of the Gospels, watering the world, gladdening creation and teaching the nations to worship Your
kingdom in faith.

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE SONS OF GOD.

You were crucified for my sake, in order to pour forth forgiveness for me.  Your side was pierced so that streams of life might flow for me.  Your hands were transfixed by nails so that, convinced of the height of Your power by the depth of Your sufferings, I might cry out to You, O Christ, Giver of life: Glory to Your cross and to Your passion, O Savior!

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS' SAKE, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

When it beheld You crucified, O Christ, all creation trembled.  The foundations of the earth shook for fear of Your might.  The lights of
heaven hid themselves and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  The mountains quaked and the rocks were split and with us the
believing thief cried out to You, Savior: Remember me in Your kingdom!

BLESSED ARE YOU WHEN MEN SHALL REVILE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU AND SHALL SAY ALL MANNER OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY FOR MY SAKE.

On the cross You destroyed the legal bond against us, O Lord.  You were reckoned with the dead, and there You bound the tyrant,
delivering all from the bonds of death by Your resurrection.  By it we have been illumined, Lord and Lover of mankind, and we cry out to You: Remember us also, Savior, in Your kingdom!

REJOICE AND BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD, FOR GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN.

You were lifted up upon the cross, O Lord.  You destroyed the power of death and as God You cancelled the legal bond against us.  Grant the repentance of the thief also to us who worship You in faith, only Lover of mankind, and who cry out to You, O Christ our God: Remember us also, Savior, in Your kingdom!

GLORY TO THE FATHER AND TO THE SON AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Let us, the faithful, all pray that with one voice we may worthily glorify the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: One God existing in
three Persons yet remaining unconfused, simple, undivided and unapproachable; by Whom we escape the flames of punishment.

NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES.  AMEN.

We offer to You as an intercessor, O Christ, Your Mother who bore You in the flesh without seed, the true Virgin who after giving birth
remained incorrupt.  Through her intercessions, most merciful Master, grant forgiveness of sins to us who cry unceasingly: Remember us also, Savior in Your kingdom!

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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2010, 08:00:31 PM »

2.  Evlogetaria.  EVer since I became Orthodox, this has always been the hymn I look forward to most at Sunday Orthros.

I'm with on this one.

Recently, I've really loved the antiphons in the Liturgy: "Bless the Lord, O my soul"; Psalm 145; and especially the Beatitudes which lamentably we do not do in the Antiochian church, but when I visit Russian churches, I love them. I really love the Znamenny version of the Beatitudes the monks at the Hermitage of Holy Cross do.

http://www.holycross-hermitage.com/kliros/dload/lit_beatitudes_znam.pdf
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« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2010, 08:18:34 PM »

I'd have to say (coming from a Byzantine chant tradition) the Evlogitaria of Holy Saturday, and the Polyeleos "By the Rivers of Babylon." Both very difficult to chant though.
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« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2010, 08:31:15 PM »

One of my Favorites is Rejoice O Bethany! on Lazarus Saturday.
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