Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Greek Orthodox Choir of the Convent of the Annunciation

This chant represents the first part of the Great Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos (the Virgin Mary), dating from the 13th century.
I post this beautiful prayer for intercession in times of trouble in recognition of the clerics and congregation of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on 9/11. Since then, these people have been permitted to worship at the former site of their church only twice a year, in a tent, on September 11, and on the Feast of St. Nicholas, December 6.

The Greek Orthodox Church is planning to replace the original church building with a larger one, to accommodate the larger number of people who are expected to visit the rebuilt church when the Ground Zero memorial is completed. For nine long years, rebuilding of the church has been tied up in red tape. The new church building, in compliance with a NY Port Authority directive, will include a blast-proof foundation.

The chant begins:
Most holy Theotokos, save us.
My humble soul is troubled by the rising storms of afflictions and woes; and clouds of misfortunes overcome me, bringing darkness to my heart.

O Bride of God, but since you are the Mother of the Divine and Eternal Light, shine your gladsome light and illumine me.

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