Name your favorite Orthodox Easter hymn!?
Name your favorite Orthodox Easter Hymn!
It can be Greek or Russian or Syriac or other!
Consideration towards best answer will be given to posters who give links to BOTH an English translation and the original text plus a SHORT paragraph telling us why its your favorite!
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It is Христос Анести (Hristos Anesti - Christ is risen) for me, and I listen to it not only at Easter time, but whenever I need to lift my spirits. It is the song of all songs to me, and now I don't know which one used to be that before I heard Divna's voice. It gives me strength, it gives me faith, it gives me everything I need and not only when things are rough. You can find solace and rejoice in it, because it is powerful. She truly is a messenger from God and He could not have chosen a more genuine one.
Here's the link to hear it:
Hristos Anesti (Христос Анести) – Divna Ljubojević&Melodi
The lyrics in Greek, transliteration and the English text:
Χρηστός ανέστη εκ νεκρών
θανάτο θάνατον πατήσας
και της εν της μνήμασοι
Xristos Anesth ek nekron Anesti
Thanato thanato patisas
Kai tis en ths mnimasi tis
Zoh xarisamenos Zoi
Christ is risen from the dead
With death has crushed death
And to those lying in graves
Has given the gift of life.
The language is old Greek as in most of the Orthodox Byzantine hymns. The singer is Serbian, the song is Orthodox.
You can also check out the official Melodi web site available in Serbian, English and French:
Some mp3 files Divna's are available at:
For the Romanian Orthodox believers, there's a link to Divna's art:
- Airpole.Lv 71 decade ago
The most uplifting hymn of the period is the one sung in the Greek Orthodox Church on the litany of Epitaphios, on Good Friday.
Although the atmosphere is sad and very devout, the sweetness of the hymn "Ai geneai pasai" (E genee pase), sung generally by choirs, is the most uplifting of them all.
"Ti ypermaxo", on the other hand is one hymn that is apart from the Easter celebrations but just as fulfilling.
I consider it a sacrilege to transliterate the beauty of the hymn's text into anything but the language originally written in.
Just let the music get into you and you will understand all the words.Source(s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2yZ4IoU3DI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFYdUM3kqeE http://www.explorecrete.com/orthodox/images/Petros... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZm7SY-DqkM
- cpinatsiLv 71 decade ago
The most sacred and amazing hymn is the one of Great Thursday (Shmeron krematai epi ksylou), about the crucifixion of Christ. The language is poetic, it has many oxymora in order to show the graveness aand irrational nature of this act.
The most touching and with the best music is Of Great Friday, Ai geneai pasai.
And of course, the joyful and hopeful message of the Resurrection comes with Xristos Anesti. But these 3 all have a meaning cobined with each other.
- cheruvimaLv 71 decade ago
"On seeing Thine unjust slaughter O Christ, the pure Virgin cried in grief, 'O most sweet Child, how is it that Thou diest lawlessly. How is it that Thou Who, has suspended all the earth upon the floods of waters, art now Thyself, suspended from the Tree. O most merciful Benefactor, do not leave me, Thy Mother and handmaid, alone.'" I love this one. Anytime I want to feel close to Christ or the Mother of God, all year long, I chant this hymn in Byzantine melody...to remind myself what both Christ and His Mother went through for us to have heaven.....and then of course, Christ is Risen!
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Christ is rissen from the dead trampling down death by death and to those in the tomb bestoing life. Simply this is the Orthodox view of the crusifixion.