Friday, March 7, 2014

Gospel Friday Countdown

Sometimes it is good to stand still and be quiet.

Let the silence fill you with peace.

God can speak to us in the storm or in the earthquake.

But I think His voice is the strongest in the silence.

And our hearts are more open to listen to Him.
11The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
1 Kings 19:11 (NIV)


This Friday I wanted to share with you something beautiful I found out about when I was in High School.

Chanting is a very old practice, not only among Christian, but it can be found in many cultures around the globe.

For me Gregorian Chant and other forms of mediaval Chant, like Cisternian Chant, have always been an eerily beautiful and majestic form of worship.
12After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19:12 (NIV)
I think it is a way, we humans, can use to describe the huricane and gentle winds of God's speech to us.

Human voice has power and in chant it is not hidden or silenced by the musical instruments.

We are left only with the voice and the words.

Very stoic and still so rich.

Personally, for me, it is easier to calm down and be able to listen to God with the help of chanting.

I hope you will find these chants as beautiful as I have found them and will be able to enjoy them.

5. Byzantine chant - Δεύτε λαοί (Come folks)





4. Gregorian Chant - Te Deum (You God)



3. Chants Gregoriens Moines Abbaye de Solesmes (Gregorians monks singing in the Abbey of Solesmes)







2. Russian chant - На реках Вавилонских(By the rivers of Babylon)




1. Cistercian chant – Testamentum Eternum (Eternal Covenant)







And a bonus of 2+ hours of Greek Orthodox Christian Chanting with geourgeous backgrounds.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

And I hope God will bless you and fill your heart with peace.

27 comments:

  1. All of your photos are so beautiful. What an inspirational post!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the beautiful images and videos with nice messages.

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  3. beautiful images, I haven't heard of any of these songs!

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  4. Great pictures and scriptures!! It is always nice to stop and think about how truly blessed we are!!

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  5. Wonderful...this was a beautiful post. I love the idea of "be still and know that I am God." But also love that music/chanting/sounds can also bring us focus and allow us to come closer to Him!

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  6. I have only heard of the Gregorian chants but will have to come back when I get the chance to listen to other styles. I'm sure they are beautiful.

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  7. I love number 3. These were all new to me though, I found them really great - it made me want to chant praises from my rooftop!

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  8. Wonderful music! I do love chants!

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  9. What a wonderful post.. I just love coming here and hearing about the fun adventures you are experiencing.. thanks for sharing with all of us.. your pic's are awesome

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  10. I do not know much about chants but these seem like worship songs to me and they are lovely.

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  11. Beautiful photos! Chants are so soothing.

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  12. I have always been interested in chants. They sound so smooth and soothing. They're such a unique form of worship.

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  13. I haven't heard any of these chants or songs before. they are very soothing to listen to!

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  14. These are beautiful pictures!

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  15. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. The Gregorian chants definitely have a mystique all their own don't they?

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  16. great photos, thanks for sharing!

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  17. I can't say I like chants, but I totally enjoy the silence. I totally get what you were saying there.

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  18. The best way to hear answers to your prayers is just to be quite and still. To pause and listen, not add in more of your own input.

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  19. This is such an inspiration post. Thanks for sharing the chants!

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  20. Wow, what a countdown. Also, such beautiful pictures. :D

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  21. Love your photos and your words of inspiration! So sweet and beautiful!

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  22. We used to listen to different types of chants in Art History class in college

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  23. Gorgeous photos! I'm not into chants, but I listened to a little and it was soothing. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Beautiful photos! I really enjoy reading your posts each day! So inspiring and uplifting.

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  25. I have always loved beautiful chants. Thank you for sharing these!

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