Dormition of the Theotokos – August 28, 2012 (August 15, old calendar)

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Dormition of the Theotokos, Novgorod

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This hymn to the Mother of God, Agni Parthene, was written by by St. Nectarios of Aegina. I have been given the privilege of singing it in an Orthodox parish choir. I consider it to be one of the most beautiful hymns ever written.

O Virgin Pure-Orthodox Byzantine Chant

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Agni Parthene (Αγνή Παρθένε) is a liturgical hymn composed by St. Nectarios of Aegina, drawn from the Theotokarion (Book of Hymns to the Mother of God).

Sometimes performed in Orthodox churches at the beginning of Vespers.

Refrain: O Rejoice Bride unwedded.
O Virgin pure, immaculate, O Lady Theotokos. (Refrain)
O fleece bedewed with every grace. O Virgin Queen and Mother.(Refrain)
More radiant that the rays of the sun, and higher than the heavens. (Refrain)
O joy of virgin choruses, superior to the angels. (Refrain)
O brighter than the firmament and purer that the sun’s light. (Refrain)
More holy than the multitude of all the heavenly armies. (Refrain)

O ever virgin Mary of all the world, the Lady.(Refrain)
O Bride all pure immaculate, O Lady Panagia. (Refrain)
O Mary Bride and Queen of all, the cause of our rejoicing. (Refrain)
O noble Maiden, gracious Queen,
supremely holy Mother. (Refrain)
More honored than the Cherubim,
beyond compare more glorious(Refrain)
Than the unbodied Seraphim, transcending the angelic Thrones. (Refrain)

Rejoice, the song of Cherubim rejoice,
the hymn of angels
Rejoice the ode of Seraphim; the joy of the archangels.
Rejoice, O peace and happiness and cause of our rejoicing.
O sacred chamber of the Word, the flower of incorruption.
Rejoice, delightful Paradise of blessed life eternal.
Rejoice O sacred Tree of life and fount of immortality.

I supplicate you, Lady now, I fervently entreat you.
O Queen of all, I earnestly implore and seek your favor.
O gracious Maiden, spotless one, O Lady Panagia.
I call upon you ardently , O holy hallowed Temple.
O help me and deliver me protect me rom the enemy.
And make me an inheritor of blessed life eternal.

O Pure Virgin (Rejoice O Unwedded Bride) – by St. Tikhon’s Seminary Male Choir

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Taken during the visit of the wonderworking icon of Our Lady of Sitka to St. George Orthodox Church in Lenexa, KS.
This was after the akathist and performance of the choir. It is a video of the Seminary’s male choir singing “O Pure Virgin” during the veneration of the icon and anointing of the faithful.

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1 Hesperado August 30, 2012 at 3:54 am

St. Gregory Palamas knew the Muslims well — he had been captured by the Ottomans and no doubt had personally witnessed, as well as heard reports of, countless examples of their atrocities against Christians. He wrote that God hates the Muslim people:

“ … these infamous people, hated by God and infamous, boast of having got the better of the Romans [Byzantines] by their love of God. … They live by the bow, the sword, and debauchery, finding pleasure in taking slaves, devoting themselves to murder, pillage, spoil … and not only do they commit these crimes, but even – what an aberration – they believe that God approves of them.”

— Robert Irwin, “Islam and the Crusades: 1096-1699,” in Jonathan Riley-Smith (ed.) Oxford History of the Crusades, p. 251 (quoted and referenced by Emmet Scott at New English Review — http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/111009/sec_id/111009 )

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