(This is the setting I’m accustomed to.) We sang it for the first time yesterday, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
“How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”
As exiles from Paradise we are living in a strange land. This year I really do feel like I’m having trouble singing in a strange land. It’s as if I were living in Paradise before my sons died. Now I’m acutely aware that while they are in Paradise, I am not. It’s dreadfully hard to sing when I am apart from them. Pascha, the reunion with Paradise, is what we are moving toward during Lent. Our entire life is a Lenten struggle, hopefully culminating in the entry into eternal Pascha, Paradise.
Nice posts about this:
Fr. Stephen (Glory to God for All Things)
Homily by Met. Anthony of Sourozh (+2003)
PDF of music (in English): Angelfire
6 thoughts on “Music Monday: By the Waters of Babylon (Ps. 136)”
I love the Resurrection Icon, of Christ pulling Adam and Eve out of hell. In these places of suffering, we are not abandoned. Love to you.
beautiful choir! What a blessing to your community
That's not our choir. I think it may be from a parish in TX but I may be wrong. There wasn't any identifying information on Youtube.
As we inch our way ever closer to the Great Fast, you've been in my prayers…
Lord, have mercy…
Thank you, Nonna. And you in mine.