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Prayers for chanters/choir
« on: August 04, 2005, 12:13:29 PM »
Does anyone know of specific prayers for the church singer?  Any canons to St. Romanos or other hymnographers beseeching their aid to guide the chanter/singer in his service?

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Re: Prayers for chanters/choir
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2005, 09:01:33 PM »
Well, off hand, there is this from St. Justin Popovich.

I like it because it is easy to get lossed in being technically correct and forgetting why a choir and cantor is there.

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Who is that staring at me through all the stars in heaven and all the creatures on earth?

Cover your eyes, stars and creatures; do not look upon my nakedness. Shame torments me enough through my own eyes.

What is there for you to see? A tree of life that has been reduced to a thorn on the road, that pricks both itself and others. What else-except a heavenly flame immersed in mud, a flame that neither gives light nor goes out?

Plowmen, it is not your plowing that matters but the Lord who watches.

Singers, it is not your singing that matters but the Lord who listens.

Sleepers, it is not your sleeping that matters but the Lord who wakens.

It is not the pools of water in the rocks around the lake that matter but the lake itself.

What is all human time but a wave that moistens the burning sand on the shore, and then regrets that it left the lake, because it has dried up?

O stars and creatures, do not look at me with your eyes but at the Lord. He alone sees. Look at Him and you will see yourselves in your homeland.

What do you see when you look at me? A picture of your exile? A mirror of your fleeting transitoriness?

O Lord, my beautiful veil, embroidered with golden seraphim, drape over my face like a veil over the face of a widow, and collect my tears, in which the sorrow of all Your creatures seethes.

O Lord, my beauty, come and visit me, lest I be ashamed of my nakedness—lest the many thirsty glances that are falling upon me return home thirsty.
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Re: Prayers for chanters/choir
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2005, 09:10:42 PM »
This isn't a prayer, but I like Abbess Thaisia.
http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/dutiesofchoirsingers.aspx

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Re: Prayers for chanters/choir
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2005, 09:10:59 PM »
And that's a beautiful prayer
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Re: Prayers for chanters/choir
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2005, 09:15:52 PM »
Check this site out as well.

http://www.orthodox.net/gleanings/kontakia_of_romanos.html

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Thou, O God, the Bridegroom of salvation, the hope of those who hymn Thee, Grant to us who pray to Thee That we find, without stain, in Thy marriage, Just like the virgins The incorruptible crown. St Romanos the Melodist - Vol. II, On the Ten Virgins I
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Re: Prayers for chanters/choir
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2005, 09:17:40 PM »
choirfriend,

that's great.
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Re: Prayers for chanters/choir
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2005, 12:18:25 PM »
Thanks everyone.  That really comes in handy.

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Michael
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