By the Waters of Babylon

by 1389 on March 4, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox hymnography

By the Waters of Babylon – St. John of SF Mens Chorale

Uploaded on Feb 27, 2009 by alexeykh

Мужской Хор Святителя Иоанна Сан-Франциского – На реках Вавилонских (Кастальского).
Saint John of SF Mens Chorale sings the Kastalskiy arrangement (ancient chant) of the 136th Psalm. I added English language captions of the sung Slavonic text using the Septuagint translation (except in one place, where I changed it to reflect better the word order in the Church Slavonic).

Russian chant – На реках Вавилонских

Uploaded on Oct 6, 2010 by Callixtinus

Russian chant for the Lenten period.
Title: “На реках Вавилонских” (By the waters of Babylon).
Performers: Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir

From Glory to God for All Things

By the Waters of Babylon

A traditional hymn from the Lenten season.

By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Alleluia.
We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. Alleluia.
For there they that had taken us captive required of us a song;
and they that had carried us away required of us a hymn, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. Alleluia.
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? Alleluia.
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten. Alleluia.
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem as my chief joy. Alleluia.
Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem;
who said, Down with it, down with it, even to the foundation thereof. Alleluia.
O wretched daughter of Babylon, happy shall he be that shall reward thee as thou hast served us. Alleluia.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

In Orthodox tradition, the fathers interpret the last verse as a reference to the “little thoughts – the logismoi” and dashing them against the Rock, who is Christ. Thus we rise early in the day and dash our wayward thoughts against the Rock of Christ who frees us from their tyranny. Alleluia.

From Orthodox Church Music (ROCOR):

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1 Elaine March 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Such beautiful music.

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