Hymn to the Ever Blessed Mother of God
Click link to listen to the choral chant : It is Truly Meet
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Choir : First Belgrade Singers' Society. Conductor: Vladimir Milosavljevic.
Source : Serbian Orthodox Choral Chants
The words of the hymn
It is right and just to bless you O Theotokos, ever blessed and most blameless, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who without corruption gave birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, we magnify you.
Background - Miracle of the Archangel Gabriel
Copies of the icon (to the left) began to appear in Russia in the second half of the 19th century. According to Church tradition, its name is connected with the hymn of the same name dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos.
On June 11, 980, a stranger in monastic robe came to a novice living in a secluded cell on the Holy Mount Athos and stayed with him for the night. During prayer the novice was going to chant the usual Theotokian hymn, "More Honorable Than the Cherubim," but his guest unexpectedly began to sing a new, unknown hymn beginning with the words "It is Truly Meet," adding to them the usual "More Honorable Than the Cherubim."
The surprised novice asked his guest to put down the words of the hymn for him. There was no parchment and ink in the cell, so the guest wrote the words on a stone slab with his finger. Having finished writing, he said, "From now on you and all the Orthodox Christians should sing thus." Then he gave his name as the Archangel Gabriel and disappeared. The icon before which the Archangel and the novice sang the hymn, known as the Mother of God "The Merciful", was given a second name, "It Is Truly Meet." Feast days: June 11 and 24.
Here again are the music links It is Truly Meet | Lord's Prayer
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