Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hymn of Kassiani

This beautiful hymn, written by the Nun Kassiani, is sung but once a year during the Matins of Holy Wednesday. I put together this video with one of my favorite recordings, made by the choir of St. Symeon the New Theologian in Birmingham, AL.

The woman had fallen into many sins, O Lord. 
Yet when she perceived Thy divinity, 
she joined the ranks of the myrrh-bearing women. 
In tears she brought Thee myrrh before Thy burial. 
She cried, Woe is me! 
For I live in the night of licentiousness, 
shrouded in the dark and moonless night of sin. 
But accept the fountain of my tears, 
O Thou who didst gather the waters of the sea into clouds. 
Bow down Thine ear to the sighings of my heart, 
Thou who didst bow the heaven in Thine ineffable condescension. 
Once Eve heard Thy footsteps in paradise in the cool of the day. 
In fear she hid herself. 
But now I will tenderly embrace those pure feet 
and wipe them with the hair of my head. 
Who can measure the multitude of my sins, 
or the depth of Thy judgment, O Savior of my soul? 
Do not despise me, Thy servant, 
Thou who hast mercy without measure.


  1. Wonderful. That choir is so good.
    Haven't heard this before. Deeply moving.


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