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« on: July 15, 2011, 01:25:14 PM »

I love Christ Is Risen. A close second is Agni Parthene/O Pure Virgin.

What about ya'll?
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011, 03:45:23 PM »

"Let us hymn the whole world’s glory, engendered from mankind and who gave birth to the Master, the Gate of heaven, Mary the Virgin, the song of the Bodiless Powers and adornment of the faithful; for she has been proclaimed Heaven and Temple of the Godhead. She by destroying the middle wall of enmity has brought peace instead and thrown open the King’s palace. Therefore, holding fast to her as anchor of the faith, we have as champion the Lord born from her. Take courage therefore, take courage, people of God; for he will make war on the foe as All-powerful."
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2011, 04:13:54 PM »

The Angel Cried -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9B7WiNK9t4&feature=player_embedded
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2011, 04:38:04 PM »

Some of my favorites that come to mind:

Dies Irae (Latin requiem hymn) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlr90NLDp-0

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Eucharistic hymn of the Liturgy of Saint James) I had a hard time finding a good quality version of the French/Latin version I was thinking of. Here's the best I could find within 15 minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EApd6omsoA0 also Byzantine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pr77XYguS8

Krisdos Ee Mej Mer (Armenian hymn for the Kiss of Peace) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvqGByujCls

The Golgotha Song (Coptic Good Friday hymn) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzJuOOk3mAM

Ur Es Mayr Im (Armenian Passion hymn) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bHVFUyvffM
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 04:39:15 PM »

Musically the Antiochian Church in town, St. Mary's, has a tone of the Trisigion Hymn that I just love, and I also like how they sing the Christ Is Risen hymn.  On one of the Valaam Monastery CD's there is one of the Antiphons that is just plain beautiful.  At St. Nicholas in Omaha the choir sings the Lord's Prayer in Slavonic in a very beautiful way.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 04:41:23 PM »

From the Christmas Canon: "I behold a strange and wonderful mystery: the cave a heaven,the Virgin a cherubic throne, and the manger a noble place in which hath lain Christ the uncontained God. Let us, therefore, praise and magnify him."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDwCsQjL28g&feature=related
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 04:50:03 PM »

Weep for me not, O Mother from Paschal Nocturns, Obikhoid chant.

I start weeping (ironic, no?) every time we get to the "I shall arise" part.
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011, 04:56:03 PM »

Vouchsafe, O Lord
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2011, 05:01:10 PM »


Beautiful video.
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2011, 05:03:31 PM »

Weep for me not, O Mother from Paschal Nocturns, Obikhoid chant.

I start weeping (ironic, no?) every time we get to the "I shall arise" part.

Wow, just looked up the words.

"By mine own will the earth covers me, O Mother, but the gatekeepers of hell tremble as they see me, clothed in the bloodstained garment of vengeance: for on the Cross as God have I struck down mine enemies, and I shall rise again and magnify thee."

So empowering!
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2011, 06:12:41 PM »

Weep for me not, O Mother from Paschal Nocturns, Obikhoid chant.

I start weeping (ironic, no?) every time we get to the "I shall arise" part.

Wow, just looked up the words.

"By mine own will the earth covers me, O Mother, but the gatekeepers of hell tremble as they see me, clothed in the bloodstained garment of vengeance: for on the Cross as God have I struck down mine enemies, and I shall rise again and magnify thee."

So empowering!

Here's a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hgMoudjg3w&feature=related
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2011, 07:21:36 PM »

I love Christ Is Risen. A close second is Agni Parthene/O Pure Virgin.

Same here.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2011, 07:41:36 PM »

As a chanter, it's hard to nail down one hymn, but I admit that I am most partial to hymns chanted in plagal tone 1 (i.e. tone 5).  Such hymns include:
The Evlogetaria (both in the heirmologic and the slower version for Holy Friday)
Deuvte, lavete phos (Come, take light) from the Rush
The Apolytikion of Pascha (xristos anesti)
Agni Parthene

Particular psalms that are done in tone 5 include the Mitri Murr version of Psalm 134 are also a great joy for me.
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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2011, 09:22:58 PM »

I like the Georgian ( podoben to Shen Khar Venakhi) Cherubic Hymn, Bortniansky's Today The Virgin (Nativity Kontakion)
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2011, 09:27:36 PM »

Also a big fan of Let my Prayer Arise by Bortniansky  -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icOphp-rs1M&feature=player_embedded

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« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2011, 09:35:18 PM »

Lord, I Call
The Angel Cried
Do Not Lament Me, O Mother
The Paschal Stichera
O Gladsome Light
All of Creation Rejoices in Thee
Magnificat
Justinian Hymn


To name some of the top favorites. Grin
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« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2011, 09:37:26 PM »

Weep for me not, O Mother from Paschal Nocturns, Obikhoid chant.

I start weeping (ironic, no?) every time we get to the "I shall arise" part.

Wow, just looked up the words.

"By mine own will the earth covers me, O Mother, but the gatekeepers of hell tremble as they see me, clothed in the bloodstained garment of vengeance: for on the Cross as God have I struck down mine enemies, and I shall rise again and magnify thee."

So empowering!

Here's a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hgMoudjg3w&feature=related
  Amazing!
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« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2011, 11:12:20 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2011, 11:38:22 PM »

Dostoyno Yest arr. L'vov

Noble Joseph (Blago'obrazniy Iosif) (troparion of Vespers of Great Friday)

Simeron Krematai Epi Xylou (Antiphon 15, Matins of Great Friday)

Exaposteilarion of the Dormition of the Mother of God

Otche Nash (Our Father) arr. Kedrov

Kontakion to the Mother of God "Champion Leader" arr. Allemanov

Megalynon psyche mou (Eirmos of Ode 8 of the Canon of the Nativity of Christ, also used as the festal Megalynarion to the Mother of God)
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« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2011, 12:02:32 AM »

Eonia i mnimi (Memory Eternal), melodically simple, but overwhelming emotionally, due to the sincere participation of most of the congregation. Otherwise I would vote for the third stasis of the Lamentations of the Greek Orthodox Good Friday evening service.
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Eonia i mnimi (Memory Eternal), melodically simple, but overwhelming emotionally, due to the sincere participation of most of the congregation.


Quite true. The Slavonic Vyechnaya Pamyat is no less evocative.
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« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2011, 12:49:16 AM »

No. 1:

Defte, lavete fos / come, receive the light

Then, in no particular order:

O angelos evoa / the angel cried
En Iordani vaptizomenou Sou / Your baptism in the Jordan
Soson, Kyrie / save, o Lord
I ta herouvim mystikos eikonizontes / let us who mystically represent the cherubim
Osi eis Hriston evaptisthite / as many have been baptised into Christ
I parthenos simeron / today the virgin
Exomoloyeisthe ton Kyrion / give thanks unto the Lord (Ps. 1351/36)
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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2011, 01:15:57 AM »

No. 1:

Defte, lavete fos / come, receive the light

Then, in no particular order:

O angelos evoa / the angel cried
En Iordani vaptizomenou Sou / Your baptism in the Jordan
Soson, Kyrie / save, o Lord
I ta herouvim mystikos eikonizontes / let us who mystically represent the cherubim
Osi eis Hriston evaptisthite / as many have been baptised into Christ
I parthenos simeron / today the virgin
Exomoloyeisthe ton Kyrion / give thanks unto the Lord (Ps. 1351/36)

That's basically my favorite list, but I would also add En ti gennisei / In birth you preserved your virginity and Tin oraiotita tis parthenias sou / Awed by the beauty.
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« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2011, 06:28:40 AM »

My favourite would have to be "Now the Heavenly Powers" from the Presanctified Liturgy, by (so it would seem) G. Lvovskiy.

So beautiful...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtJP4SMA5mw
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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2011, 04:37:45 PM »

Weep for me not, O Mother from Paschal Nocturns, Obikhoid chant.

I start weeping (ironic, no?) every time we get to the "I shall arise" part.

Wow, just looked up the words.

"By mine own will the earth covers me, O Mother, but the gatekeepers of hell tremble as they see me, clothed in the bloodstained garment of vengeance: for on the Cross as God have I struck down mine enemies, and I shall rise again and magnify thee."

So empowering!

Here's a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hgMoudjg3w&feature=related

Does anyone know where I can find the sheet music to this?
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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2011, 04:59:58 PM »

I like the Akathist to jesus Christ, especially the last prayer.
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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2011, 05:20:06 PM »

I cried the first time I heard the Great Prokeimenon from Holy Saturday, "Arise, O God, and Judge the Earth."
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« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2011, 05:25:28 PM »

Weep for me not, O Mother from Paschal Nocturns, Obikhoid chant.

I start weeping (ironic, no?) every time we get to the "I shall arise" part.

Wow, just looked up the words.

"By mine own will the earth covers me, O Mother, but the gatekeepers of hell tremble as they see me, clothed in the bloodstained garment of vengeance: for on the Cross as God have I struck down mine enemies, and I shall rise again and magnify thee."

So empowering!

Here's a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hgMoudjg3w&feature=related

Does anyone know where I can find the sheet music to this?

Here you go (this is the whole canon): http://www.archdiocese.ca/music/Lent/Holy.Saturday.Matins/4.Holy.Saturday.Matins.Canon.pdf

That particular section, Heirmos 9, is the third page from the end. It is an exquisite hymn, and I second Schultz's tears.
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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2011, 05:30:04 PM »

I love the sentiments expressed in this well known song!

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« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2011, 09:12:06 PM »

Weep for me not, O Mother from Paschal Nocturns, Obikhoid chant.

I start weeping (ironic, no?) every time we get to the "I shall arise" part.

Wow, just looked up the words.

"By mine own will the earth covers me, O Mother, but the gatekeepers of hell tremble as they see me, clothed in the bloodstained garment of vengeance: for on the Cross as God have I struck down mine enemies, and I shall rise again and magnify thee."

So empowering!

Here's a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hgMoudjg3w&feature=related

Does anyone know where I can find the sheet music to this?

Here you go (this is the whole canon): http://www.archdiocese.ca/music/Lent/Holy.Saturday.Matins/4.Holy.Saturday.Matins.Canon.pdf

That particular section, Heirmos 9, is the third page from the end. It is an exquisite hymn, and I second Schultz's tears.

Excellent!  Thank you!
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« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2011, 09:28:29 PM »

I love the sentiments expressed in this well known song!

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« Reply #31 on: August 16, 2011, 09:31:40 PM »

One of my favorite is from Psalm 73.  "Our God is king before the ages..."  I first heard it on the intro to Father Meletios Weber's podcast.  Does anyone know what recording that is?
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« Reply #32 on: August 16, 2011, 09:57:47 PM »

Weep for me not, O Mother from Paschal Nocturns, Obikhoid chant.

I start weeping (ironic, no?) every time we get to the "I shall arise" part.

I wish there was good recording of the this canon. It is used not only at the Holy Saturday Orthros and the Rush service but also, the funeral of a priest.

This is one of those things that is really written for a Male Choir and not a Mixed group.
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« Reply #33 on: August 17, 2011, 12:03:22 AM »

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Eonia i mnimi (Memory Eternal), melodically simple, but overwhelming emotionally, due to the sincere participation of most of the congregation.


Quite true. The Slavonic Vyechnaya Pamyat is no less evocative.

Dear LBK, I do not know how I did not see this reply since I post so rarely. Thank you so much!! I have now listened to about five youtube recordings and the comments about what this hymn means to people. I was unfortunately unable to find a recording of Eonia i mnimi  as sung by the congregations in the west coast of the usa with the exception of ~15 minutes (if memory serves me right)  into a 9/11 memorialconcert from Hawaii.
Again thank you.
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« Reply #34 on: August 17, 2011, 12:07:44 AM »

Christ is Risen is a favorite, of course, as is Gladsome Light. However, now that I'm attending a Greek parish again I find what I truly miss is the Cherubic Hymn in English.
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« Reply #35 on: August 17, 2011, 12:45:09 AM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPgT7--3Q0E
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« Reply #36 on: August 17, 2011, 01:27:31 AM »

Come, receive the Light

Thy Resurrection

Victimae Paschali Laudes

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« Reply #37 on: August 17, 2011, 03:35:24 AM »

Psalm 135/136 and 117/118 in Plagal 1st tone.

The battle tone.  Wink
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« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2011, 04:07:46 AM »

Wonderful thread!
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« Reply #39 on: August 17, 2011, 09:31:38 AM »

I have never been able to get over the Plagal First Resurrectional Apolitikion Cheesy

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« Reply #40 on: August 17, 2011, 10:13:12 AM »

Champion Leader

Thy Bridal Chamber

Psalm 103 / Bless the Lord, O My Soul

First Kathisma / Blessed is the Man

Spasi Gospodi / Troparion of the Cross

Cherubic Hymn No. 7 by Bortniansky
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« Reply #41 on: August 17, 2011, 12:05:28 PM »

Eonia i mnimi (Memory Eternal), melodically simple, but overwhelming emotionally, due to the sincere participation of most of the congregation. Otherwise I would vote for the third stasis of the Lamentations of the Greek Orthodox Good Friday evening service.

Actually sang this on Sunday to commemorate the repose of our old priest. It was very moving.
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« Reply #42 on: August 17, 2011, 03:55:18 PM »

The Te Deum Laudamus

We praise Thee O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father Everlasting.
To Thee all the angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein;
To Thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry;
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee;
The noble army of martyrs praise Thee;
The holy Church though all the world doth acknowledge Thee;
The Father of an infinite majesty; Thine adorable true and only Son,
Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deleiver man;
Thou didst humble Thyself to be born of a virgin.
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God
In the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come
To be our judge.
We therefore pray Thee to help Thy servants,
Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints
In glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify Thee,
And we worship Thy name ever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin,
O Lord have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us,
O Lord, let Thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.
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« Reply #43 on: August 18, 2011, 11:22:29 PM »

A lot of good ones here.

I'll throw in two less common favorites.

1. a hymn commonly sung at the end of Holy Saturday Orthros: "As the Sun Hid Its Rays", which may be more familiar by its refrain "give me that stranger..."

2. the Sunday Vespers Dogmatikon: "In the Red Sea".  A great recording of this is on Saint Nektarios Monastery in New York's Presanctified Liturgy CD.  (their chant is as good as almost anywhere you'd go on Athos)
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« Reply #44 on: August 18, 2011, 11:54:41 PM »

"Simeron Kremate" -  I had only ever heard it as a recording before, from a service in a Colorado parish- which was powerful enough. Live, it reduced me to tears.
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« Reply #45 on: August 18, 2011, 11:56:13 PM »

"Aksion Estin" sung by Divna Ljubojevich.

As one Ukrinian Orthodox priest, a good friend of mine, characterized it: "Beautiful. Passionless. Wonderful."
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« Reply #46 on: August 19, 2011, 12:21:09 AM »

The Te Deum Laudamus

We praise Thee O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father Everlasting.
To Thee all the angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein;
To Thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry;
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee;
The noble army of martyrs praise Thee;
The holy Church though all the world doth acknowledge Thee;
The Father of an infinite majesty; Thine adorable true and only Son,
Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deleiver man;
Thou didst humble Thyself to be born of a virgin.
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God
In the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come
To be our judge.
We therefore pray Thee to help Thy servants,
Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints
In glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify Thee,
And we worship Thy name ever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin,
O Lord have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us,
O Lord, let Thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.
Possibly the one thing I miss from being Anglican is having this in my prayerbook.
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The Te Deum Laudamus

We praise Thee O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father Everlasting.
To Thee all the angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein;
To Thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry;
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee;
The noble army of martyrs praise Thee;
The holy Church though all the world doth acknowledge Thee;
The Father of an infinite majesty; Thine adorable true and only Son,
Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deleiver man;
Thou didst humble Thyself to be born of a virgin.
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God
In the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come
To be our judge.
We therefore pray Thee to help Thy servants,
Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints
In glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify Thee,
And we worship Thy name ever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin,
O Lord have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us,
O Lord, let Thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.
Possibly the one thing I miss from being Anglican is having this in my prayerbook.

The Orthodox equivalent is the Great Doxology, sung at the end of Matins.  Smiley
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« Reply #48 on: August 19, 2011, 12:54:16 AM »

"Aksion Estin" sung by Divna Ljubojevich.

As one Ukrinian Orthodox priest, a good friend of mine, characterized it: "Beautiful. Passionless. Wonderful."

Thank you Heorhij
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR3Y5hDncn4

As beautiful as Divna's voice is, it is your voice here, once again, that I longed for. (And before you try to find context for this thought, it is  entirely from your posts, we have never crossed paths in threads.)

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As for as Orthodox/Eastern Catholic chants go, I love the Cherubic hymn and I try to find as many arrangements of it as I can. Cheesy
The Holy Friday Lamentations are extremely beautiful too, particularly the Greek melody, with extremely deep words. The first Byzantine chant I ever heard was Agni Parthene (under the moniker Feciora curata because it was a Romanian choir), and I'm pretty sure I teared up over it. Tongue
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Salve Regina, solemn tone.
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Crux Fidelis
In Paradisum
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« Reply #50 on: August 19, 2011, 06:40:29 AM »

"Aksion Estin" sung by Divna Ljubojevich.

As one Ukrinian Orthodox priest, a good friend of mine, characterized it: "Beautiful. Passionless. Wonderful."

I have one of Divna's albums. Really good.  angel
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« Reply #51 on: August 19, 2011, 06:59:32 AM »

"Simeron Kremate" -  I had only ever heard it as a recording before, from a service in a Colorado parish- which was powerful enough. Live, it reduced me to tears.

I have a recording of Simeron Kremate sung by Spyridon Peristeris, first chanter of the Athens Cathedral in (IIRC) the 1950s-'60s, which will make your hair stand on end for all the right reasons. PM me if you're interested.
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« Reply #52 on: August 19, 2011, 08:57:16 AM »

"Aksion Estin" sung by Divna Ljubojevich.

As one Ukrinian Orthodox priest, a good friend of mine, characterized it: "Beautiful. Passionless. Wonderful."

Passionless?  Her singing of that hymn drives me to tears.  She has an incredible voice.
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The Orthodox equivalent is the Great Doxology, sung at the end of Matins.  Smiley

This is sung at the end of the Thanksgiving Moleben in the Orthodox Church, although most translations that I have seen also allow the option of singing the Great Doxology in its place. 
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« Reply #54 on: August 19, 2011, 09:30:55 AM »

As for as Orthodox/Eastern Catholic chants go, I love the Cherubic hymn and I try to find as many arrangements of it as I can. Cheesy
The Holy Friday Lamentations are extremely beautiful too, particularly the Greek melody, with extremely deep words. The first Byzantine chant I ever heard was Agni Parthene (under the moniker Feciora curata because it was a Romanian choir), and I'm pretty sure I teared up over it. Tongue
On the Roman end:
Te Deum, solemn tone.
Salve Regina, solemn tone.
Missa Orbis Factor
Le messe de nostre dame by Machaut
Holy God We Praise Thy Name
Ave Maris Stella
Crux Fidelis
In Paradisum
Dies Irae

In spite of my Theological differences with the Latins, I believe that they have either given us, or inspired some of the most beautiful music dedicated to the worship of God.  In addition to the Te Deum, the Ave Maris Stella list above is beautiful, particularly as arranged by Claudio Monteverdi in his Vespers.  However, it is my opinion that the peak of music dedicated to God are the two Sacrea Symphoniae written by Giovani Gabrieli in the turn of the 17th Century.  The last of his hymns, lost after his death and which he probably never heard performed, is one of my favorite.  It is the Sonata con voce: Dulcis Jesu a 20.  It was only discovered about 60 years ago in a castle in Germany, preserved there, it is believed, by one of his students.  His music influenced the later great German composers, Roman Catholic and Lutheran, all the way up to Bach.  Yet, in his home, Venice, he was quickly forgotten, his music overshadowed by the operatic excesses of those that followed him, including Monteverdi.  I don’t believe that Gabrieli was simply a man.  I believe, like his last name, he was an angel.  I don’t know of any man who could have written what he did.

Of the later composers, the German Michael Preatorius is probably my favorite.  He was a very prolific German (Lutheran) composer who is best known for his arrangement of French dance tunes (the Terpsichore), and the writing of his work the Syntagma Musicum; required reading for anyone trying to understand the music of that period.  However, he also wrote over 1200 church hymns and arrangements, many in use by Lutherans and other Protestants to this day.  Some have had to be toned down due to the passions raised by the Reformation, and later the 30 years war that devastated so much of Europe, but the music remains beautiful to this day.  Like me in my younger days, Preatorius was a militantly Lutheran Christian that regretted not becoming a monk or a priest.  This presented an interesting dichotomy given the rejection of holy orders by the Lutherans, and this tension and dichotomy are often sensed in his music.
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« Reply #55 on: August 19, 2011, 10:00:48 AM »

"Simeron Kremate" -  I had only ever heard it as a recording before, from a service in a Colorado parish- which was powerful enough. Live, it reduced me to tears.

There's an amazing recording on Youtube of the late Archbishop Job singing it. In the Greek tradition the priest carries the cross in procession druring this hymn, and at the end he nails the icon of Christ to it. It is an unbelievably moving moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QD71bV9omM
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« Reply #56 on: August 21, 2011, 11:42:26 PM »

I have a bit of a fascination with the stichera from Holy Monday, Erxomenos o Kyrios.

First there is the words, which speak for themselves:

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As the Lord went to His voluntary Passion, He said to His apostles on the way: “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man shall be betrayed, as it is is written of Him.” Come, then, and let us also journey with Him, purified in mind’ let us be crucified with Him and die for His sake to the pleasures of this life, that we may also live with Him and hear Him say: “No longer do I ascend to the earthly Jerusalem to suffer, but I ascend to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God; and I shall raise you up to the Jerusalem on high in the Kingdom of heaven.”

And the melody is one of the most beautiful Greek chant melodies I've ever heard. Unfortunately it goes a bit too high for me to chant, but luckily the Russians write liturgical music for basso profundo so I'll find something in my range eventually. Cheesy
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« Reply #57 on: September 20, 2011, 07:06:18 PM »

I really like Phos Hilaron.
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« Reply #58 on: September 20, 2011, 07:24:58 PM »

Yes, my favorite is the Fr. Sergei Glagolev (OCA priest, retired, now in his 80s, I believe) setting of the Cherubic Hymn. My parish choir sings it (I'm in choir) - the music indicates it was written in 1996 and is based on Znamenny chant themes. I love Znamenny chant, which might be part of the reason I love this.

This link gives you a snippet of the beginning:

http://www.spiritoforthodoxy.com/mp3/soocd1-05.mp3
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« Reply #59 on: September 24, 2011, 08:44:43 AM »

I do but first let me tell you it's not a hymn but done in chant style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4BX_sNuHns&feature=related
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