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Saturday Songs #7 'Cherubic Hymn'

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

The Cherubic Hymn is the primary cherubikon (Gr: χερουβικόν), or song of the angels, sung during every Divine Liturgy of the year with the exception of the liturgies of the Presanctified Gifts and those of Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday. It occurs after the Gospel reading and is interrupted by the Great Entrance. The Cherubic Hymn was added to the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by order of the Emperor Justinian near the end of the sixth century.

The words of the Cherubic Hymn are as follows:

We, who mystically represent the Cherubim

And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity

Let us set aside the cares of life

That we may receive the King of all

Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts.

Though the actual text is short, the hymn lasts for quite a while due to its drawn-out, ethereal style. It is our best imitation of and supplement to the singing of the Heavenly Hosts.

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY - Hymn of the Cherubim - Performed by the USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir. w/ interiors of 'St. Basil's Cathedral' in Moscow and 'The Church of the Savior' in St. Petersburg, Russia.


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Apr 22, 2023

Christ is Risen!

Beautiful, the hymn and the video

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