Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 03 March |
Saint of the Day: St. Katharine Drexel
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

An early Christian hymn reimagined

J-P Mauro - published on 08/02/17

The music is both comforting and epic.

“Hos Ephanerothe” is one of the oldest Christian hymns. Its lyrics come from 1 Timothy 3:16:

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

Of course, the earliest hymns would have been written for unaccompanied voices. Instruments were not incorporated into church settings until the 10th-12th centuries. Since the voice is the instrument of angels, it was believed God’s praise should be sung.

Instruments were also associated with secular music, and for most of ancient history those who played instruments were considered to be of a lower class.

This recording was arranged by Polish composer, Radomir Nowotarski. Radomir studied music at the I. J. Paderewski State Music School in Krosno and theology at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland. He writes settings for sacred music, as well as epic instrumental works.

Nowotarski’s compositions are usually instrumental. Even when there are vocals, he uses them for blending instrumentation, rather than placing the focus on lyrics. For him, “Music and spirituality are inextricably linked” and he uses his knowledge of theology with his prowess as a composer to create sacred music which attempts to “discern that which is eternal and divine.”

Follow Cecilia–Aleteia’s music page–on Facebook!

Tags:
CeciliaSacred Music
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Jacques Fesch
Brother Silas Henderson, SDS
Meet the Death Row prisoner who discovered a ...
2
SEARCHNG PURSE
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things every Catholic woman should have in her purse
3
MADONNA
V. M. Traverso
The 9 oldest images of Mary
4
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
5
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
6
CELEBRITY MARRIAGES
Cerith Gardiner
10 Celebrities whose marriages have stood the test of time
7
Gelsomino Del Guercio
7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line: The legendary Sword of S...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.