In honor of the forefeast of the Dormition of our Blessed Lady the Theotokos (Θεοτόκος, literally “birth-giver of God”), I wanted to share this beautiful chant of the Great Supplicatory Canon (Μέγας Παρακλητικός Κανόνας) by the choir of nuns at the Convent of the Annunciation in Ormylia, Chalkidiki, Greece.
For those Anglophones seeking to practice their Greek (or those Greek-speakers looking to improve their English reading abilities) this video has artful subtitles in both languages.
Here is another beautiful video of the Canon by the renowned Byzantine chanter Καβαρνός Νικόδημος (Kabarnos Nikodimos). The poetic and majestic rhythm of Kabarnos’ chanting of the Paraklesis inspires a sense of adoration toward the Blessed Mother in the listener.
Most Holy Theotokos, save us! Υπεραγία Θεοτόκε, σώσον ημάς!