Found by accident this amazing performance by Archon Protopsaltis George Hadzichronoglou chanting the hymn, "The sun hidden its rays", and I thought I should share (it gives me goosebumps, he is sooo good): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F65m_iDDCVw
"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 Saviour's 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".
A blessed Holy Week to all.