The Cherubic Hymn

WE who stand as mystical images of the Cherubim,
and sing unto the Life-Giving Trinity the thrice-holy hymn,
let us now lay aside all earthly cares
that we may receive the King of all,
attended beyond our sight by angel hosts.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

The recording above comes from the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in 2009. Beautiful as the Cathedral of St George is (virtual reality tour here), of course the historic church of that city is Agia Sophia, now permitted only to be an empty museum.

See also “Let all mortal flesh keep silence”, from the Liturgy of St James.


Οἱ τὰ Χερουβεὶμ μυστικῶς εἰκονίζοντες,
καὶ τῇ ζωοποιῷ Τριάδι τὸν Τρισάγιον ὕμνον προσάδοντες,
πᾶσαν νῦν βιοτικὴν ἀποθώμεθα μέριμναν,
ὡς τὸν Βασιλέα τῶν ὅλων ὑποδεξόμενοι,
ταῖς ἀγγελικαῖς ἀοράτως δορυφορούμενον τάξεσιν.
Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα.

The recording above is of Fr Panteleimon (1936-1992), known as “ἡ καλλικέλαδος ἀηδών” (the sweet-voiced nightingale) of Mount Athos. He was a hieromonk at the Ayia Anna Skete (Ayiannanitis).


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и Животворящей Троицѣ трисвятую пѣснь припѣвающе,
Всякое нынѣ житейское отложимъ попеченіе.
Яко да Царя всѣхъ подъимемъ,
ангельскими невидимо дориносима чинми.