Thursday, 24 January 2008

Hymns from different Christian Traditions - 7

Here we have a photo of inside the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Kensington, London. I very much doubt they will be celebrating Easter this year as early as 23 March!

Our chosen hymn is the Russian Contakian of the Departed.

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servants with thy Saints:
Where sorrow and pain are no more;
And neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Thou only are immortal, the Creator and Maker of man:
And we are mortal, formed of the earth,
and unto earth we return:

For thou didst ordain, when thou createdst me, saying,
Dust thou art, and unto dust shall thou return.
All we go down to the dust; and, weeping o'er the grave, we make our song:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Apologies to those of you who are following the Old Rite!

1 comment:

John the organist said...

Wow! I've never been there and the Kontakion is very special. Look at Ship of Fools for an anonymous visit there. Good to see you at St Paul's this evening! Liz has now gone to Ireland for nearly a week so I am all alone which I do not enjoy very much!