With so much talk in the media about an earthquake of devastating scale to hit the Arab Gulf area and Iran towards the end of this month, I am reminded of the vespers Psalm or more specifically the Anexandria.
Liturgically, the anexandria is sung in celebratory vespers services, especially when a bishop or patriarch is celebrating. As the reader, usually the bishop or patriarch, reaches to the verse of the Psalm 104 that reads:
28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
chanters start with this verse and continue to the end of the psalm.
I have always fears of such catastrophes and pray God would keep us all safe and away from them!
Here is a recording including selections of the Anexandria by the choir of Saint John of Damascus, Balamand Monastery:
— Jack Rabah