Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Wednesday: Jesus is Risen ... in City Mall, Beirut, Lebanon

Another oldie as I go looking for little reminders of our Easter joy to share all week. Still a goodie!



Now that is giving witness out loud and in public! Plus it is beautiful to hear.

Click on the little "CC" in the red oval to see the English captions. Via Deacon Greg at The Deacon's Bench.

Note:
Fred in the comments elucidates further.
FYI, it is a common refrain in Eastern Orthodox Easter services... repeated over a hundred times in various forms. People in the middle east would recognize it like we recognize the "Hallelujah chorus" in the west. Its one of those that reaches across faith traditions, most people have heard it.
This makes sense because you can see people joining in and singing from around the edges, though not so lustily as the main singers.

10 comments:

  1. Thoroughly enjoyable! Hope you and your family had a great Resurrection Sunday. :)

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  2. I found myself smiling with pleasure and joy by the end of this. Wonderful. It would be great to have a recording of the song...I wonder if it's liturgical music or what.

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  3. I was wondering if it was a commonly known song because it looked to me as if some of the onlookers were singing along. Not as robustly as the main singers, but joining in. As we would if Amazing Grace were sung or something like that.

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  4. this was so great! i could watch it again and again.

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  5. FYI, it is a common refrain in Eastern Orthodox Easter services... repeated over a hundred times in various forms. People in the middle east would recognize it like we recognize the "Hallelujah chorus" in the west. Its one of those that reaches across faith traditions, most people have heard it.

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  6. Thanks Fred ... that makes sense since we saw people around the edges picking up the songs.

    Margaret, I have been watching it over and over. Just can't get enough of it.

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  7. I sent this on to my family (Lebanese girl here.) Love it. Thank you for posting this, Julie.

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  8. Sorry to be persnickety, but these singers are more than likely Catholic. The largest Christian denomination in Lebanon is the Maronite Catholic Church. The Maronites are one of the 22 Eastern Churches in union with the Pope of Rome. Way too often, folks identify the Roman Church with the Catholic Church, when, in fact, each of these Eastern Churches are entirely Catholic. We have our own liturgical, theological, and spiritual patrimony (that of the Christian East), but we are not Orthodox (meaning the denomination).

    We sing "Christ is risen!" in our Divine Liturgy constantly until the Ascension of the Lord.

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  9. As Fred mentioned, it spreads across faith traditions and is well known everywhere so you may be right. I actually am not picky about what denomination is singing. I just like it. :-)

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