Thursday, September 20, 2007

From Wittenberg to Antioch

Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Chapel

There is a very interesting Podcast that is posted on the Ancient Faith Radio web site, that contains an interview of Fr. Gregory Hogg by the Illumined Heart show, in which he discusses his conversion to Orthodoxy from Lutheranism. Click here to listen.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Complete Hymn "O Virgin Pure", by St. Nectarios

You can hear this hymn in Greek by clicking on the video above. You can read about St. Nectarios, by clicking here.

O Virgin Pure
by St. Nectarios
Plagal First Tone (Tone 5)

Refrain: O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

O Virgin pure, immaculate/ O Lady Theotokos
O Virgin Mother, Queen of all/ and fleece which is all dewy
More radiant than the rays of sun/ and higher than the heavens
Delight of virgin choruses/ superior to Angels.
Much brighter than the firmament/ and pure than the sun's light
More holy than the multitude/ of all the heav'nly armies.
O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

O Ever Virgin Mary/ of all the world, the Lady
O bride all pure, immaculate/ O Lady Panagia
O Mary bride and queen of all/ our cause of jubilation
Majestic maiden, Queen of all/ O our most holy Mother
More hon'rable than Cherubim/ beyond compare more glorious
than immaterial Seraphim/ and greater than angelic thrones.

O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

Rejoice, O song of Cherubim/ Rejoice, O hymn of angels
Rejoice, O ode of Seraphim/ the joy of the archangels
Rejoice, O peace and happiness/ the harbor of salvation
O sacred chamber of the Word/ flower of incorruption
Rejoice, delightful paradise/ of blessed life eternal
Rejoice, O wood and tree of life/ the fount of immortality

O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

I supplicate you, Lady/ now do I call upon you
And I beseech you, Queen of all/ I beg of you your favor
Majestic maiden, spotless one/ O Lady Panagia
I call upon you fervently/ O sacred, hallowed temple
Assist me and deliver me/ protect me from the enemy
And make me an inheritor/ of blessed life eternal.

O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

You can read the text of this hymn in Greek at:

For more Byzantine Chant on Youtube, check out the following:

Byzantine Chant #1

Byzantine Chant #2

Byzantine Chant #3

Byzantine Chant #4

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Video of the Moscow Delegation in Boston

Video of the delegation from Moscow at the Boston ROCOR Cathedral, singing "memory eternal" to Fr. Roman Lukianov, the departed rector of that cathedral.