Lent 2014 – Day 36: Prepping for next week

In preparation for next week services, I picked up my favorite chant book of all times (the Holy Week Services) and started reviewing some of the amazing prayers it contains. The more you chant these prayers the more you feel their power and beauty. I wish you all a peaceful and prayerful Holy Week 2014.

The following is part of the Holy Monday Bridegroom Service (Palm Sunday evening) Canon in 2nd Tone from the Valley of Christians in Syria by the monks of St. George’s Monastery. May God be with all our brothers and sisters under war in Syria.

The Canon
by St. Cosmas the Hymnographer

Ode i. Mode 2d. The Heirmos.
Let us sing to the Lord, who dried up the impassable * surging waters of the Sea by His divine command, * and who also led the way * for the chosen people of Israel to cross on foot. * Come let us sing to Him, for He is greatly glorified.

Troparia
Glory.
The inscrutable descent of God the Logos * is Christ, who is God and man in one hypostasis. * He took on a servant’s form, * showing His disciples that He does not regard the fact that He is God * something to be grasped. For He is  greatly glorified.
Both now.
I, the Creator, who voluntarily * put on impoverished Adam’s form, came to minister to him * yes, I who am rich in Divinity, * and I lay down My life for him as ransom, * I who am impassible in Divinity.

Katavasia.
Let us sing to the Lord, who dried up the impassable * surging waters of the Sea by His divine command, * and who
also led the way * for the chosen people of Israel to cross on foot. * Come let us sing to Him, for He is greatly glorified.

لنسبح الرب الذي بأمره الإلهي – على اللحن الثاني

لنسبح الرب الذي بأمره الإلهي جفف البحر المتموج غير المسلوك، وأقتاد فيه الشعب الإسرائيلي، لأنه بالمجد قد تمجد.
المجد لك يا إلهنا المجد لك.
إن تنازل كلمة الله لا يوصف، أعني المسيح الذي هو بعينه إلهٌ وإنسانٌ ما أحتسب كونه إلهاً حظاً مختلساً، إذ تصور بصورة عبد وقد أظهر ذلك للتلاميذ، لأنه بالمجد قد تمجد.

المجد للآب، والابن، والروح القدس
الآن وكل أوان، وإلى دهر الداهرين، آمين.

أنني أنا الخالق الغني باللاهوت، قد وافيت لأخدم بذاتي أدم الفقير الذي لبست صورته بإختياري، وأضع نفسي فداءً عنه انا العديم أن أكون مألوما باللاهوت.

ثم يعاد الارمس
لنسبح الرب الذي بأمره الإلهي جفف البحر المتموج غير المسلوك، وأقتاد فيه الشعب الإسرائيلي، لأنه بالمجد قد تمجد.

— Jack Rabah

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