On earth as it is in heaven

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:

8 comments on “On earth as it is in heaven

  1. donnaellisart says:

    oh yes! i am very familiar with this lofty hymn from the Eastern Rite of our one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic church! one of my favorite pieces of liturgical music, but difficult to find online– thank you for sharing!!!!!! ❤

  2. donnaellisart says:

    Reblogged this on donnaellisart and commented:
    ~happy sunday~

    here is one of my all-time favorite pieces of liturgical music.
    tchaikovsky’s lofty *cherubic hymn* will take you to the heights!
    crank it, enjoy the images, and fly away to heaven for eight blissful minutes.

    (w/mad props 2 dr. neal for sharing!)

  3. Victorious Love says:

    All I can possibly utter is astounding beauty which pierces through while lifting our senses to His Holy Throne. Invade us with the still movement of Your Love O Lord!
    Let us humbly praise Him on our knees with out stretched arms…

  4. olgatodd says:

    Thank you for sharing!

    Please join our Facebook Community of Daily Inspiration. It’s a place where you can meet others, promote your talents and grow closer to God
    We would love to see you there!

    • Olga, I am grateful for your kind invitation! I am still in the Stone Age and do not do facebook actively (thought I think someone set it up for me once). Maybe when my new work settles in a year or so I will take you up on your gracious invite! Godspeed, Tom

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