First kathisma from Saturday evening Great Vespers

Homophonic Orthodox music at its best. Simple — only 2 parts — and beautiful, this arrangement of the Antiphon of the First Kathisma sung at Saturday evening Great Vespers would be appropriate for any Christian service (and a Western choir could make this as long as necessary by adding psalm verses before the Glory). Traditionally, it’s sung antiphonally (back and forth between two choirs); in our parish, the chanter sings the verses and the choir sings the refrain (alleluia, alleluia, alleluia). The final alleluias are accompanied by deep bows, and should be sung with great reverence. Sorry, it’s Orthodox. No instrumental accompaniment exists.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the wicked.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with trembling.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Arise, O Lord, save me, O my God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Salvation belongs to the Lord, Thy blessing be upon Thy people.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

+Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

+Now and forever, and unto ages of ages, amen.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

+Allelluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God!
+Allelluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God!
+Allelluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God!

You’ll find the music (pdf) here.

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2 Responses to First kathisma from Saturday evening Great Vespers

  1. Beautiful in its simplicity.

    “Sorry, it’s Orthodox. No instrumental accompaniment exists.”

    But this is a good thing!

  2. catz206 says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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