Dormition hymns: The Furnace and the Theotokos. The Three Holy Children. The Angel of the Lord.

I am amazed at how often the hymns at the end of vigil seem so much more profound and beautiful than those at the beginning. I do not think they are of substantially higher quality, although it could be argued that the “Canon” is the masterpiece of all Orthodox hymnology, but I do believe that WE are of higher quality! Standing (sitting, pacing, having an itch, having your mind wander, thinking about how your feet hurt, getting hungry, etc, etc) during the vigil prepares us for holy moments when something being chanted seems to permeate to the very depths of our soul. …

What follows is a little more discussion about vigil and a particuarly powerful metaphor for the Theotokos, which is mentioned in hymns to her: a furnace.

Holy Transfiguration

Questions and answers about the Transfiguration. http://www.orthodox.net/questions/transfiguration_1.html   Transfiguration (mp3 format) Human nature in the midst of the Divine. Luke 9:28-36 (The Gospel For Matins) 2008 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, Read More …