Lent 2014 – Day 08: We are here to stay!

With all the challenges facing the existence of Christians in the Middle East, I am quite certain that no matter what, we are here to stay!

Centuries of persecution, war and disasters have not uprooted us and certainly no Arab Spring or any other season will.

As a chanter I am even more certain of this when I listen to chants which are centuries old that we are still chanting today in our churches with the same melodies and words.

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35

The chant for today is the Cherubic Hymn chanted by members of Capella Romana from a performance at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall on February 1, 2013. This Cherubic Hymn in the 1st Mode was composed by Manuel Chrysaphes from Mount Athos in 1458.

In this concert, Capella Romana are using special digital technology to transform the concert hall into the “reverberant soundscape of Hagia Sophia (532-537), which defined the medieval spiritual experience and man’s embeddedness in the world.” Amazing sound!

— Jack Rabah


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