Agni Parthene .. Sacred Chants to Holy Virgin Mary / St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Cathedral, Bahrain
Rev. Fr. John Samuel composed and conducted this truly extraordinary performance.
Presenting ‘Agni Parthene - Original Song From a Greek Orthodox Sacred Chant to Holy VIrgin Mary Agni Partene is a Greek Genre, a Holy chant used in Greek Orthodox Churches during the time of intercession to Holy Virgin Mary.
..."Seeking the prayers of the Holy Mother, I started working on this hymn and God Almighty has given the opportunity to present this for the Symphony event En-Christos for the first of its kind in MOC, organised by St Marys Indian Orthodox Cathedral, Bahrain."
"...Being nothing, I was fortunate to compile an orchestration and harmony for the same chant to venerate her holy name.
Inspired by a Greek Orthodox Priest/ Singer Fr. Kabarnos Nikodimos, I could utilise this hymn for the EnChristos symphony after contacting him.
When I requested Fr. Biju Mathew, Pulickal, ( affectionately known as Pulickalachen), who is a well known lyricist in MOC has most graciously agreed to write a Malayalam version also in this session.
Seeking the prayers of the Holy Mother, I started working on this hymn and God Almighty has given the opportunity to present this for the Symphony event En-Christos for the first of its kind in MOC, organised by St Marys Indian Orthodox Cathedral, Bahrain. I am not certain whether I would get another chance in my life to perform it once again accompanied by the Bahrain Police Classic Orchestra and beautiful trained choir from the church.
Thanking Lord Almighty for this Ever Beautiful Woman".
An event by St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Cathedral, Bahrain
Music Harmony arranged, composed and conducted by Rev. Fr. John Samuel
Performed By: EnChristos Choir Orchestra: Police Band Orchestra, Kingdom of Bahrain Organised By : Managing Committee 2019, SMIOC Bahrain.
Malayalam Lyrics: Fr Biju Mathew Pulickal
Written in accordance with the tune of the Greek Chant
Media Production: Koloredshadowz Team Manu Nayer, Safeer Live & Jeev Jacob
2nd Unit Camera: Thomas Samuel, Image Express, Bahrain
Live mix Anil Kumbanadu
Live stream : Aju Daniel Post Production
Mix : R Noble Studioph7
History of this Holy Hymn
St. Nectarios was a Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church throughout the late 1800s, and early 1900s. Throughout the period of his episcopacy, he spent much time in prayer and contemplation, and dedicated himself to the monastic life. His spiritual lifestyle, and his particular dedication to the Virgin Mary inspired him to write a wide variety of religious poetry, much of which was published during his life, and after his repose in 1920. One of the many poems he wrote is "Agni Parthene" or "O Virgin Pure".
According to a tradition passed down on the island of Aegina, St. Nectarios reportedly composed the text for this poem after having seen a vision of the Theotokos in a dream where she asked him to record this poem. The original script can still be viewed on his prayer table in his bedroom at this monastery. It was later published as a poetic hymn for non-liturgical use and private edification in his publication called "Theotokarion of Odes & Hymns for the Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary" of 1905, which included many other similar poems
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