Lent 2013 Day 10: Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

My message today is that of thanks. First to God who gives us the spirit to move and do all good things. More specifically when we chant and sing praise to his name. Secondly, I want to thank God for the dedication he gives us to learn and perform in perfection the beautiful chants of our church.

A group I highly admire for this type of dedication and perfection is the School of Ecclesiastic Music (SEM) from Mt. Lebanon, Lebanon. The fruits of their programs to teach byzantine music starting from young kids to adults are easily noticeable in each of their performances. I truly admire how they interest young Christians in byzantine music through Summer camps and other activities. May God bless you all and especially SEM’s director Joseph Yazbeck.

Chant text:

Antiphon 1. Mode pl. 4.

The rulers of the people gathered
together, against the Lord and against His
Anointed.

They testify a lawless word against me.
Lord, O Lord, do not forsake me.

Let us present our senses pure to Christ,
and as His friends, let us lay down our lives
for Him. Let us not, like Judas, be choked
by the cares of life; but in our rooms let us
cry, “Our Father, who art in heaven, deliver
us from evil.”

Glory; both now. Theotokion.
O Mary Theotokos, as a virgin You
gave birth, and remained a virgin. O chaste
and unwed Mother, pray to Christ our God
to save us.

— Jack Rabah

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