One of the most favorite chants for many, To thee the Champion Leader (Τη Υπερμάχω Στρατηγώ). This particular recording comes from Pascha Chants Across Generations – St George Jdaide – 2008 Concert by the Lebanese School of Ecclesiastic Music (SEM) Choir. I will be talking much more about SEM in future posts as I am a huge fan of them!
The uniqueness of this recording among thousands of this chant is the cute angelic voice of the little girl, I just love it!
The Chant is part of the Akathist service held on the first 5 Fridays of lent in the Eastern churches.
Translation of chant:
To thee the Champion Leader
I thy servant ascribe thank-offerings of victory
For thou hast delivered me from terrors, O Theotokos
But as hast that power which is invincible
From all dangers set me free
That I may cry out unto thee: Hail, O bride without bridegroom!
I’m still catching up because of my late start, but hopefully by the weekend I will be all caught up and post a daily entry for every day of the lent. Enjoy your day!
— Jack Rabah