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Palm Sunday, 2016, Saint Johns Orthodox Church, Warren, Ohio.

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It’s a setting of the Cherubic Hymn in the Russian Orthodox tradition, sung at the transition in the service from the Service of the Word to the Eucharist: 

We who mystically represent the Cherubim,
and who sing to the Life-Giving Trinity the thrice-holy hymn,
let us now lay aside all earthly cares
that we may receive the King of all,
escorted invisibly by the angelic orders.
Alleluia

Sung here to a Bulgarian melody called “The Noble Joseph,” which is ordinarily reserved for their Good Friday and Easter Vigil services and is based on the story of Joseph of Arimathea. I first learned about it when I was soaking up the local history and culture while Debi was rolling out training manuals in Anchorage and I visited a museum dedicated to the Russian Orthodox missionaries who converted so many of the Alaska Natives. Link here if interested in the background:

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in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

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