He has prepared light and glory for those who love him

AND Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

Luke 2:34-35

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An icon of Christ carried on a bier to his tomb, from the Stavronikita monastery, Mount Athos.

“Mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.” An icon of Christ carried on a bier to his tomb, from the Stavronikita monastery, Mount Athos.

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O PANAGIA, our Lady, a sword passed through thy heart, as Simeon said, when thou sawest the one who shone forth from thee hanging, at the hands of the lawless, upon a Cross like a condemned man, drinking wine and gall, thrust in through the side, nailed through the hands and feet; and with a mother’s grief thou didst cry and cry with a loud voice, “What is this new mystery, O my sweetest child?”

At Vespers for October 19. Source.

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BUT we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

1 Corinthians 2:7-9

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    LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles,
and the glory of thy people Israel.

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4 thoughts on “He has prepared light and glory for those who love him

  1. Yes, it’s lovely music, isn’t it? I was so pleased to find it. The best music of the Slavonic tradition (and in its different way Byzantine chant) has that blend of sadness and confidence that is evoked by this Cross-Theotokion, what St John of the Ladder calls ‘bitter joy’.

  2. bitter joy. that really speaks to me! it would be a great fun to read about the differences between Gregorian chants & Byzantine chants. You just provided me an interesting topic to delve into today!

  3. It would indeed be interesting. Let me know what you find, and where! Gregorian chant has itself changed a lot over the years, and I gather one has to be a little wary of some of the ‘reconstructions’ of early medieval chant. That said, have you heard Anonymous 4? They’ve done some Hildegard of Bingen. They did a disc of Early English music too: e.g. Gaude Virgo, Salve mater redemptoris, and this beautiful song Edi beo thu hevene quene. More broadly, Harry Christophers’s The Sixteen did a really interesting documentary on the development of Western sacred music.

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