Thursday, November 25, 2010

Andrei Phos Hilaron

There is little meaningful to say in this time of grief and national mourning.

I take comfort from music and in particular hymns so here is one of the most ancient of Christian hymns, Phos Hilaron or Joyful light. Versions of this hymn are known and used across many Christian denominations. It is probably more than 1800 years old.

O Joyful Light of the holy glory of the immortal, heavenly,
holy blessed Father, O Jesus Christ.
Having come to the setting of the sun, having beheld the evening light, we hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God.
Meet it is at all times to hymn Thee with reverend voices, O Son of God, Giver of Life, wherefore the whole world doth glorify Thee.

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