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"Do this in remembrance of me."

The Last Supper: Luke 22.14-23. 

Icon: The Prophet Elijah. 130x67cm. Icon - Christ Pantocrator. 6th cent. 84x45.5cm. Bread baked in the Monastery oven. Used in the Eucharist. 600x553. 216kb. Chalice: silver and gold. Gift of Charles VI, King of France. 1411ce. View of the Monastery Church through the 6th cent doorway.

Illustrations: "Sinai and the Monastery of St Catherine," by John Galey. Massada Publishing Ltd,1980. Excellent book... Click your mouse over each illustration to find out more.

Play .............................. LISTEN to the choir of Winchester Cathedral sing the Cherubic Hymn "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence." Music details HERE.

The Cherubic Hymn from the Liturgy of St James.

σιγησάτω πᾶσα σάρξ
σιγησάτω πᾶσα σάρξ βρουεία
καὶ στήτω μετὰ φόβου καὶ τρόμου,
καὶ μηδὲν γήῖωον ἐν ἑαυτῃ λογιζέσθω·
ὁ γὰρ βασιλεὺς τῶν βασιλευόντων καὶ
Κύριος τῶν κυριευόντων, Χριστὸς ό
Θεὸς ἑμων προέρχεται σφαγιασθῆναι
καὶ δοθοηναι εἰς βρῶσιν τοῖς πιστοῖς·

προηγοῦνται δὲ τούτου οἱ χοροὶ
τῶν ἀγγέλων μετὰ πάσης ἀρχῆς
καὶ ἐξουσίας, τὰ πολυόμματα
Χερουβίμ, καὶ τὰ ἑξαπτέρυγα
σεραφὶμ τὰς ὄψεις καλύπτοντα,
καὶ βοῶντα τὸν ὕμνον,
ἀλληλούïα, ἀλληλούïα, ἀλληλούïα.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of Kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth he stood,
Lord of Lords, in human vesture -
In the Body and the Blood -
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of Lights descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At his feet the six-winged seraphs,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the Presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia! Lord most high.

Trans: Gerard Moultrie, 'Lyra Eucharistica', 1864.