the Prayer of the Cherubic Hymn from the Liturgy of Saint James, 4th
Translated from Greek to English by Gerard Moultrie, 1864.
Source: Bernard Pick, ed., Hymns and Poetry of the Eastern Church (1908), pp.167-8.
1. Let all
mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly-minded, for with blessing in his Hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.
2. King of
kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture – in the body and the blood –
He will give to all the faithful his own self for heavenly food.
3. Rank on
rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of Light descendeth from the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.
4. At his
feet the six-winged seraph-cherubim, with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the Presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry,
"Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord Most High."
Note by Mr. Pick:
For the Holy Communion. This translation is found in the Orby Shipley, ed., Lyra Eucharistica: Hymns and Verses on the Holy Communion. Second Edition. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864), #100, p. 133, and Richard Frederick Littledale, ed., The People's Hymnal. Sixth Edition. (London: J. Masters and Co., 1878), #169, p.64.
Sheet Music "Confitemini Domino" by H. J. Stark from Arthur Henry Brown, ed., The Altar Hymnal. (London: Griffith, Farrar, Okeden & Welsh, 1885), #115, pp. 364-365.
Sheet music "Picardy" from The English
Hymnal (Oxford University Press, 1906), #318, p. 450.
Picardy is a traditional French carol.
Meter: 87 87 87
Sheet Music To "St. Thomas" from The English Hymnal (Oxford University Press, 1906). #31, p.55.
Sheet Music to "Picardie," set to the lyrics "La Ballade De Jesus-Christ," from Champfleury and J. B. Weckerlin, eds., Chansons populaires des provinces de France (Paris: Garnier, 1860). p. 6.
The "Cherubic Hymn" was chanted at the presentation of the bread and wine at the Offertory. According to some sources, it is still used in this fashion by Orthodox Christians in Jerusalem on the Sunday after Christmas.
The two pieces from The English Hymnal were arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
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