Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.
“The Angel Cried” is an Easter Megalynarion (a festal hymn in honor of Mary the Mother of God chanted in the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church). The text is addressed to Mary by an angel who announces that Christ has risen after His three-day sojourn in the grave. In the Greek tradition, the hymn is always set in the first mode, which is associated with emotions of joy and holy enthusiasm. This setting is chanted multiple times during the forty-day period following the feast of Pascha. The name of this beautiful Megalynarion claimed the title for the first concert of the Boston Byzantine Music Festival, taking place this week in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
With somber reverence, the festival’s Artistic Director and Director of the St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir, Dr. Grammenos Karanos, dedicated the opening Funeral Idiomela and Funeral Ikos to the victims of the terrorist attack on that night, November 13th 2015. At least 127 people in Paris, France lost their lives in yet another terrorist attack. Gunmen with AK-47s opened fire on crowds of people who had gathered to see the soccer match of France versus Germany. The results were horrifying and devastating; a blood bath.
Seemingly, it is easy to say “The Angel that Cried” is a very fitting title for the terrible tragedy that occurred that night. Yet, the “cried” we hear in this hymn is a proclamation, a calling to shine, as though it was set forth to remind us of our duty, even in these horrific times, to shine.
The Angel Cried
The Angel cried to the Lady full of grace: Rejoice,
O Pure Virgin. Again I say: Rejoice. Your Son is
Risen from His three days in the tomb.
Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem, for the glory of the
Lord has shone on you. Exult now and be glad, O
Zion, and you, O Pure Theotokos, be radiant in the
Resurrection of your Son.
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