The Angel Cried

The Angel Cried


“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.


Links to this hymn in English, Greek and Russian.


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.


Photo credit: dailymail


The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops. OCN offers videos, podcasts, blogs and music, to enhance Orthodox Christian life.  We also report on news events in the Orthodox Church and produce This Week in Orthodoxy, a weekly news video with stories and issues of interest to Orthodox Christians around the world.

Digital Disciple Scholars Program.  The Orthodox Christian Network has established the Digital Disciple Scholars Program on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.  The purpose is to train our ministry leaders to use multi-media resources to spread the Gospel.  Students promote current issues related to the Orthodox Faith, Christian Persecution, and cover Orthodox News and events on campus.

The Orthodox Christian Network invites you to support our mission by giving to our 10 Cents A Day campaign, where 100% of your gift goes to ministry and 0% to overhead.


Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network. OCN is on Social Media! Click here for Facebook and Google+

About author

Dean Franck

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.