Friday, June 30, 2017

Too beautiful to skip. . . do yourself a favor and listen!



We, who mystically represent the Cherubim,
And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity,
Let us set aside the cares of life
That we may receive the King of all,
Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

As the Russians say, “One does not argue about taste,” but I believe the most beautiful version of the Cherubim Song is that of Bortniansky, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-fE-YsM_Vk
As a bonus, here is another of Bortniansky’s melodies, How Glorious is our Lord in Zion, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHckeoB_SHQ
This was the unofficial Russian national anthem until 1816. A hymn with that melody used to be in the Lutheran Hymnal. Afterward, “God Save the Czar” took over as official anthem. We know “God Save the Czar” as the final portion of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” The composer was Alexei Lvov, the lyrics by Vasily Zhukovsky.
Peace and Joy!
George A. Marquart