The Catholic Church, i.e. Church of Christ, has always held abortion at all stages to be the destruction of an innocent life. Long before science had “proven” it, the Church saw that life truly began at the moment of conception. Because it is a full person, he/she is to be protected from conception. I used various authorities of Scripture, Tradition and Canon Law to reaffirm that ALL CHRISTIANS MUST REJECT ABORTION. To support it, to have one, or to perform one is a heinous abomination.
The song in the background is the Illatio from the Mozarabic Rite Liturgy.
This is a tropar sung on good Friday (and in part by the priest during the Liturgy). The hymn at the sepulcher is one of the most touching moments of the year, in my opinion, as all sing together and prostrate themselves thrice before the Epitaphios. I have tried to make it with all possible solemnity. I have not included lyrics or translation because the lyrics could not be located; several translations to English are easily found on the web.
The Hymn of the Cherubim is one of the most beautiful hymns of all the Catholic Liturgies. The hymn was added to the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by the Emperor Justinian. The images are an assorted group from the ages. The lyrics are as follows:
We, who mystically represent the Cherubim,
And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity,
Let us set aside the cares of life
That we may receive the King of all,
Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts.
This version of Psalm 130 is very simplified from the first to lines of the psalm. It is chanted with all possible solemnity, but the second line sounds obscure (perhaps using another translation with ‘ora’ or ‘orandi’). The background image is “King David in Prayer” by Pieter de Grebber. The usual lyrics and translation follow:
De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine;
Domine, exaudi vocem meam.
De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
A tribute to Fr. Liam Cary honoring his 12 years of service at Sacred Heart Parish in Medford, Oregon.