Holy God (Trisagion Hymn)

The Trisagion (thrice-holy) hymn is drawn from the praises sung by the adoring angels in the Temple at Jerusalem, in the hearing of the prophet Isaiah (Is 6:3). It recurs with great frequency throughout the liturgy of the Orthodox Church.

This recording, by Prof. George Papanikolaos from Samos, Greece, includes a recapitulation “δύναμις” (“louder!”), and further embellishments, including long passages sung to the meaningless syllables “terirem”.

This more or less equates to “la-la-la”, and is expressive of ecstasy. It is sometimes found in night-time Vigils on Mount Athos. It makes the chant take somewhat longer that would be normal – the basic chant takes about three minutes here.

AMEN. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

GLORY be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Both now and ever and unto ages of ages, Amen.

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Ἀμήν. Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.
Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.
Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

Δόξα Πατρί καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.
Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰώνας τῶν αἰώνων, Ἀμήν.

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