There are some pieces of music that are, plain and simple, premature flashes of time’s demise before the dawning blaze of the Eighth Day.
The Hymn of the Cherubim by Tchaikovsky is one of them. Here are the words of this liturgical hymn that is sung during the Great Entrance:
We who mystically represent the Cherubim,
And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity,
Let us set aside the cares of life
That we may receive the King of all,
invisibly escorted by the angelic hosts.
Listen here to this masterpiece (in Slavonic) and enjoy the collage of images, c/o Hubble, that evoke the grandeur of God who once spoke our universe into being: