Dear Friends of the OCMP,
I am very excited to share that the draft of 13th Movement of the ‘Life of St. Seraphim’ has been completed! The texture of this setting is for SATB choir with soli. We are blessed with a rich hymnographic tradition which draws our attention to the virtues of God’s Holy Saints for our ultimate encouragement in the spiritual life.
For your edification, I present to you the following hymn from the Akathist to St Seraphim (with original hymn-text appended in italics):
A strange wonder do we behold in thee, O holy one, for though a weak and feeble old man, thou didst continue in prayer kneeling on a rock for a thousand days and nights [*as a symbol of the rock of Peter’s confession upon which Christ would build his church.
Recalling that with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day, thine ascetic struggles symbolized Christ’s descent into hades as He rose again victorious on the third day.]
Who can tell of the pains and struggles thou didst endure in thy hades, O blessed father, lifting up thy holy hands to God, conquering the spiritual enemies of the passions and chanting to the Lord: Alleluia!