Lent 2013 Day 33: He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth

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

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