“Υπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σώσον ημάς…” * [reblog]

from Oannes

On the occasion of the reconversion of Hagia Sophia into Mosque.
🎧 click on the image to see original post and listen…

Southwestern entrance mosaic of the basilica Hagia Sophia of Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey)
The Virgin Mary is standing in the middle, holding the Child Christ on her lap. On her right side stands emperor Justinian I, offering a model of the Hagia Sophia. On her left, emperor Constantine I, presenting a model of the city.

Most Holy Theotokos (Mother of God), save us.”

Η μουσικότητα αυτής της ερμηνείας από την χορωδία της Μονής Ορμύλιας [Χαλκιδική] βάζει κάτω όλες όσες άκουσα, ψάχνοντας για την ιδανική, όπως τη θυμάμαι από ‘δια ζώσης’ εμπειρίες.

The musicianship of the Ormylia Monastery choir, as it shines through this recording, surpasses all the others I heard, looking for the “ideal” interpretation, as I recall it from ‘live’ experience.

Enjoy!

and

Stay Safe!

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