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Cherubic Hymn

May 1, 2012

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Cherubic Hymn
Cherubic Hymn
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  • Original Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Label: Milan Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Milan Entertainment, Inc.
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  • Duration: 4:50 minutes
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  • ASIN: B002C20022
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,298,650 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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The Hairubikon, or Cherubic Hymn is ancient, used in all Eastern churches (Eastern Rite RC, Greek, Russian and other Orthodox and some closely related faiths), and is sung with several melodies, to fit within the style of the liturgy on particular days. There are a number of "Modes" similar to scales or keys in the West, as settings for the liturgy depending on the Church calendar. So many hymns have versions as well, to fit with the mood of the service.

The words are simple but profound (translated from the Greek):

We who mystically represent the Cherubim offer up the Thrice Holy Hymn to the Life Giving Trinity; let us put aside all worldly cares, that we may receive the King of All, invisibly escorted by angels and archangels.

This refers to the passages in Revelation about heavenly choirs, and that we should stop thinking of worldly things and concentrate on the only thing important, that we are about to receive Christ. The Thrice Holy Hymn is the Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty.... sung in many Christian churches today; this hymn immediately follows the Cherubic Hymn. The consecration and presentation /partaking of Communion elements of wine and bread shortly follows. The hymn is sung slowly in a beautiful and very ancient set of melodies, and dates to the early centuries of the Church, as does Holy, Holy, Holy (which may be a holdover from Temple worship). This is only one of many beautiful Orthodox, Catholic and early Christian hymns, as well as those from other cultures, to be found on "99 Essential Chants".
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