The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


27 June 2012

Cherubic Hymn

Bortniansky No. 7

Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim 
And chant the thrice holy hymn
unto the life-creating Trinity
Now lay aside all earthly care.  Amen.
That we may receive the King of all
Who cometh invisibly upborn in triumph 
by the ranks of angels. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

At the beginning of the 2nd half of the celebration of the Divine liturgy, the Cherubic hymn is chanted.  There are many different melodies, this one is a favorite.  It sounds complicated, but I have heard it done beautifully with just a simple non-professional choir of 4 lay church members.  [I wish I had that on tape... ]

full choir 5:30

part of a rehearsal of a smaller choir 1:30

non-church choir, faster tempo 3:30
[It's easier to grasp the melody at a faster tempo]

Introductory explanation [instrumental] 3:30

literal translation subtitles 4:10

sheet music 4:05

learn pronunciation in Church Slavonic 9:20