“Let us welcome the King of All, escorted by the invisible angelic hosts. Hallelujah”
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,
Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts.
The hymn sings the union of the assembled assembly in the church with the triumphant Church and the angelic choruses in heaven, in preparation for the mystery and miracle of the Transubstantiation of the consecrated species.
This hymn, although added to the liturgy during the mandate of the emperor Justin II at the end of the 6th century, is perhaps of the oldest liturgical hymns of the Christian tradition.
We wanted to share the Greek version (the one considered to be the original),but also Tchaikovski’s 19th-century impressive — and quite distinct — version. Choose your favorite!
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