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My name is David Stone. I live in Houston, Texas. I am a 30-something single white male. I am an Orthodox Christian and am a member of an English-language parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Eternal Counsel

Here is a video of a stunningly beautiful performance of the hymn "Eternal Counsel" in a setting composed by Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944.

The Choir is the "Svetilen" Male Choir from Don Starocherkassk Monastery (http://sfedu.ru/region/svetilen-rnd/index_.htm).

The words are taken from the stichera at the Vespers service for the Feast of the Annunciation:

"Revealing to thee the pre-eternal Counsel Gabriel came and stood before thee, O Virgin, and in greeting thee, he said, "Rejoice, earth that hath not been sown; Rejoice, burning bush that remains unconsumed; Rejoice, unsearchable depth; Rejoice, O bridge that leads to Heaven; Rejoice, ladder raised on high that Jacob saw; Rejoice, divine jar of manna; Rejoice, deliverance from the curse; Rejoice, restoration of Adam, the Lord is with thee."


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