Monday, February 27, 2012

First Monday--The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

What a way to start off the Lenten season! The Canon of St. Andrew of Canon, appropriately called the "Great Canon" because of its length is definitely one of the greatest compositions on fallen man, his need for repentance and his utter dependence upon God. It dashes us down; it lifts us up. It chastises; it comforts. It humbles; it exults. It is somber; it is joyous. It is Lenten; it is Resurrectional. I cannot imagine going through Lent without hearing it.

My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and you will be confounded. Wake, then, and be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere present and fills all things.--Kontakion of the Great Canon, Plagal Tone 2

Here's a recording from my fellow chanter and fellow-Simpsons enabler, Rdr. Moses Fillmore from last year.

No comments:

Post a Comment