By The Waters of Babylon

Several weeks ago was the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This service in the Orthodox Church is an especially special one because it is the last sunday before Great and Holy Lent. The staple of this service is the inclusion of Psalm 136 (137 for Protestants) which is only sung 3 times the entire year.

This verse is quite possibly the most beautifuly poetic exposition of exile of the people of God. When we as Christians sing this song, we realize that it is ultimately fulfilled not in the exile of the Jewish people (though they certainly posess some of its meaning), but in the ultimate fulfillment of the people of the Church in exile here in this foreign land. In commemoration of this, I’d like to share with a beautiful versions of this Psalm, in Slavonic. Remember, in this Lenten season, Blessed are they that bash their passions on the rocks

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The above video features video footage of the Holy Passion-Bearers St. Nicolas II and his family.

By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Alleluia.

We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. Alleluia.

For there they that had taken us captive required of us a song; and they that had carried us away required of us a hymn, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. Alleluia.

How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? Alleluia.

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten. Alleluia.

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem as my chief joy. Alleluia.

Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Down with it, down with it, even to the foundation thereof. Alleluia.

O wretched daughter of Babylon, blessed is he that shall reward thee as thou hast served us. Alleluia.

Blessed is he, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Just as a quick side note, the Orthodox Church has always taken this passage allegorically for the bashing of our passions on the rocks, they do not sanction infanticide of Babylonian Children. . . so please go out and do the former and refrain from the latter.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tony-Allen
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 01:09:05

    Thank you for sharing!

    Reply

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