February 14th, 2006

HTOC

A song in my mind

Believe it or not, I have the below stuck in my head. During the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, the Orthodox Church usually sings Psalm 146 and then immediately follows into the hymn “O Only Begotten Son of God”, attributed to Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. Reading it, it seems a bit too clunky for smooth, melodious singing…but trust me, it works beautifully.

Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
I will praise the LORD while I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry
The LORD sets the prisoners free.
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;
The loves the righteous;
The LORD protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
The LORD will reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!

O Only-begotten Son and Word of God,
Thou Who are Immortal, yet didst deign
for our salvation to be incarnate through
the most holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin
Mary, and without change didst become
Man and wast crucified, trampling upon
death by death, O Christ our
God, Who are one of the Holy Trinity and
art glorified, together with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, save us.