O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Cross, Churchbells, and Victory

Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Holy, Precious, and Life-Creating Cross

We venerate the cross by prostrating and chanting the following:
Krestu Tvoyemu poklanyayemsya Vladiko,
i svyatoye voskreseniye Tvoye slavim.

We bow before Thy Cross, O Master,
and glorify Thy holy resurrection.

Troparion, Tone 1:
Save Thy people O Lord and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory to Thy faithful people over their enemies, and by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

Kontakion, Tone 4:
O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly on the Cross, bestow Thy mercies upon the new community named after Thee, O Christ God. Gladden with Thy power Thy faithful people, granting them victory over enemies; may they have as Thy help the weapon of peace, the invincible trophy.

...and something else, which I originally posted here:

Did you know that the Tropar of the Holy Cross is chanted in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture? The piece is about Napoleon's (failed) invasion of Russia. It was composed to mark the anniversary of that victory by Russia. Let's pick up the overture at the 11:30 mark below. First we have Napoleon's invasion of Russia marked by the French National Anthem and 5 cannon shots. Then at 12:15, we have descending violins marking Napoleon's forces being annihilated by the Russian winter. Then at 12:55 we have the bells of the Cathedral of the Holy Savior in Moscow (Moscow's main cathedral; the piece was specifically written for this cathedral so that it could debut in this cathedral with the cathedral's bells serving as themselves in the piece) calling all of Russia to prayer while the Tropar of the Holy Cross is chanted (the text of the chant makes it obvious why the Russians chose to chant it at such a time). At 13:59 we have Russia's counter represented by the Russian Imperial Anthem with over twice the cannon shots (11!). In celebration of the merciless rout, at 14:31, we have the same cathedral bells ringing in thanksgiving. And you thought the 1812 Overture had nothing to do with the faith...