Monday, April 29, 2013

Behold the Bridegroom

The Orthodox Church has just entered into the mystical and beautiful Holy Week, where countless hymns are chanted, giving a unique and special feel to the period. The first hymn that stands out is the "Hymn of the Bridegroom". A beautiful Troparion, showing the beauty of Byzantine Music. The Hymn is as follows:


Behold, the Bridegroom cometh in the middle of the night, and blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching; and again unworthy is he whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, O my soul, lest thou be overcome with sleep, lest thou be given up to death, and be shut out from the Kingdom. But rouse thyself and cry: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God, through the Mother of God, have mercy on us.
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