Word of the day

Troparion – a short hymn in rhythmic prose sung or chanted liturgically in the Eastern Orthodox Church, specifically a stanza of an ode.

3 Responses to Word of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    Where did you discover that word?

    Do you recognize this Troparion? It is the Troparion for the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross but you may well have heard it in another context

  2. homepaddock says:

    I came across it while researching another word I was going to use today and thought it was better to use troparion today and the other word tomorrow. That troparion sounds familiar but I don’t know where I’ve heard it before.

  3. Andrei says:

    Tchaikovsky is used it for the opening theme for the 1812 Overture and again towards the end

    It is sung in Church on September the 14th

    This is an English translation of the Troparion

    O Lord, save Thy people,
    And bless Thine inheritance.
    Grant victory to Orthodox Christians
    Over their enemies
    And by the power of Thy Cross
    Preserve Thy commonwealth”

    It was used in Tsarist times as a patriotic song with the third line modified

    Победы борющимся за веру правую и святую Русь

    Roughly
    “Grant Victory to those fighting for Orthodox and Holy Russia ” which appears in Choral versions of the 1812 Overture

    Which also might explain why Orchestral versions of the theme are more familiarly heard outside Russia

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