Lent 2014 – Day 01: O Lord of hosts, be with us

For the second year in a row, I will try to put together a post for every day during Lent. The reason I am starting one day late is that I was trying to find a story-line or theme that binds together this year’s posts.  Finally I decided to start with my library of byzantine chant albums and to try and review a chant or album everyday.

Sadly, it was not so difficult to make the first selection, it comes from bleeding Syria. Living under occupation here in Palestine makes it easier for me to understand only a little part of what our brothers and sisters in Syria are going through. It is really unimaginable! My prayers go out to each and every one of them. whether they are in the refugee camps, under oppression, or still standing strong and defending their homes and churches. I pray that this Easter season, especially that we are all celebrating it together, will bring peace to this Holy part of the world with the blessings of the rising Christ.

The following recording comes from Syria. It is “O Lord of Hosts” from the Great Compline.  The chanters go through a beautiful progression from one tone to another and end like they started on the 6th tone.

It is time for me to run off to work. I will be back tonight with Day 2 post. Best wishes to all of you for a beautiful and peaceful Lent season.

O Lord of Hosts, 6th tone:

O Lord of hosts, be with us, for we have none other help in times of sorrow but Thee. O Lord of hosts, have mercy on us.
Praise ye God in His saints, praise Him in the firmament of His power.

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the multitude of His greatness.

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet, praise Him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise Him with timbrel and dance, praise Him with strings and flute.

Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation. Let every breath praise the Lord.

Praise ye God in His saints, praise Him in the firmament of His power.


— Jack Rabah

Icon source: http://psallitesapienter.blogspot.com/2009/03/prayer-before-christs-icon.html


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