Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Beatitudes and the Divine Liturgy...

The Beatitudes, in Byzantine monastic practice, are included in the Divine Liturgy and they form the third antiphon. During the singing of this Third Antiphon, the Little Entrance is begun. (In the parishes as third antiphon is chanted the Resurrectional Apolitikion of the Sunday). 

 The Beatitudes with hymns from the Paraklitiki, Mode 1: Verse 1: In Thy kingdom remember us, O Lord, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom. Verse 2: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Verse 3: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Verse 4: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Verse 5: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Verse 6: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Through food the foe led Adam out of Paradise; but through the Cross Christ led back in the Thief as he cried: Remember me when you come in your Kingdom. Verse 7: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. I venerate your sufferings and I glorify your Resurrection; with Adam and the Thief I cry aloud with radiant voice: Remember me, Lord, when you come in your Kingdom. Verse 8: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. You were crucified, O sinless one, and willingly laid in a grave, but you arose as God; raised Adam with yourself as he cried: Remember me when you come in your Kingdom. Verse 9: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Raising the temple of your body by your burial for three days, Christ God, you raised with Adam those who came from Adam as they cried: Remember me when you come in your Kingdom. Verse 10: Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Myrrhbearers came weeping to your grave, Christ God, very early in the morning, and found an Angel sitting clothed in white, who cried: What do you seek? Christ has risen, mourn no longer. Verse 11: Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for your reward is great in heaven. Your Apostles, Lord, coming to the mountain that you, O Saviour, had appointed for them, saw you and worshipped you. And you sent them out to teach the nations and baptise them. “Glory… Let us all worship the Father and glorify the Son, and with them praise the all-holy Spirit, as we cry and say: All-holy Trinity, save us all. Both now…”. Your people, O Christ, brings you your Mother to intercede; at her entreaties, O Good One, grant us your compassion, that we may glorify you, who dawned for us from the tomb.

 (Video: The third Antiphon as it is chanted in Mount Athos by “Tropos” Choir (in Greek)

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