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« on: July 08, 2011, 02:59:12 AM »

I thought this would be interesting. Living in Greece allowed me to hear Orthodox hymns in it's ancient Greek form. Before going to Greece, whenever I heard Byzantine Chant, I never really thought about what hymns I was hearing, and they never made sense (as I didn't know Greek at all). Since being in Greece though, I was happy and surprised to learn the various Byzantine versions of the hymns we sing. When we hear these hymns in Greek, it is (interestingly) also the same language many of them were composed in, and I felt that you can definitely tell, as the words and composition easily correspond to one another.

I just wanted to post the Byzantine Hymns along with their corresponding English versions, so that, if you hear the hymns on Ancient Faith Radio, Orthodox Christian Network, or just on a CD, you can identify which one it is!

'Αξιον Εστίν - Axion Estin - It is Truly Meet
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/u3M-Vf1-mPI
English: http://youtu.be/tpRyYWnzCvQ

Τρισάγιον - Trisagion - Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/eUMCjDJRyHA
English: http://youtu.be/qPgT7--3Q0E

Χερουβικόν - Cherubikon - Cherubic Hymn
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/fr4mAIibx50
English: http://youtu.be/4d6TbAyUmgo

Μεγαλι Δοξολογια - Megali Doxologia - Great Doxology
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/6SAr8MbYhmA
English: http://youtu.be/BQckHXWer3U

Μακαρισμούς - Makarismous - The Beatitudes (Blessings)
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/VxmRy_ONG28
English: http://youtu.be/yccfPCUNYo0
In the Byzantine version of this, you first hear the petition/litany that starts "In peace let us pray...", then "Help us, save us, have mercy on us..." then "Remembering our most holy (Panagia), most pure... and all our lives to Christ our God..." Followed by the prayer before the Little Entrance, then "For unto thee... to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit ... ages of ages, Amen." then the Beatitudes begin.

Σώσον Κύριε - Soson Kyrie - Lord, Save Thy People (AKA Troparion of the Cross)
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/i8psJVQ1If4
English: (can't find one on YouTube, but you know it Wink)

Αγνή Παρθένε - Agni Parthene - O Pure Virgin (non-liturgical hymn)
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/Quj_ChDa1ZY
English: http://youtu.be/WkqZbFQb0O0

Σήμερον Κρεμάται - Symeron Krematai - Today He is Hung
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/m2QNbTDjvJ0
English: http://youtu.be/zEkrSh8y50A

Τον νυμφώνα σου βλέπω - Ton nymfona sou Vlepo - I Behold Thy Bridal Chamber
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/any-xnt65FA
English: http://youtu.be/m7PocEBA2s0

Ιδού ο Νυμφίος - Idou O Nymphios - Behold the Bridegroom
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/mbaKjhm__GA
English: http://youtu.be/Trx6nJ6s_eU

Let God Arise! (Paschal Stichera)
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/rz3BuDhjYpo
English: http://youtu.be/5avKysnTfjE

O Άγγελος εβόα - O Angelos Evoa - The Angel Cried
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/1LCJo2AiT_k
English: http://youtu.be/_WL-EK5pv0o

Χριστός ἀνέστη - Christos Anesti - Christ is Risen
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/MkrAqsgLAV8
English: http://youtu.be/n8x2CuR8VOk

Χριστός Γεννάται - Christos Yennatai - Christ is Born
Byzantine: http://youtu.be/xU6TcVz_6rg
English: (couldn't find a good english video)

I tried to find Only Begotten Son in Greek, but I couldn't. (It was originally written by St. Justinian, yes, the Emperor Wink)
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2011, 06:08:24 AM »

I tried to find Only Begotten Son in Greek, but I couldn't. (It was originally written by St. Justinian, yes, the Emperor Wink)

I'm sure there are much better recordings somewhere else on youtube, I have several on CD, but this is the only one I could see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9uuB1YnDwE
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