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Gabriel Stood Before Thee, O Maiden

Choir_e-1022At Sung Eucharist at 9.30am on Sunday 26 January, the women of All Saints Fulham Choir will sing the anthem Sovet Prevechnii by Russian composer Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944).

Chesnokov composed over 400 choral works throughout his life, these were mainly sacred works for church performance. After the Bolshevik revolution, his works became more secular to please the authorities.

He was the conductor of the Russian Choral Society Choir as well as heading a choral conducting program at the Moscow Conservatory. Chesnokov also conducted the choirs of the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow Academy and Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

Lyrics:
Sovet prevechnyi otkryvaya Tebe Otrokovice, Gavriil predsta, Tebe lobzaya i veshaya: raduisya, zemle nenaseyannaya: raduisya, kupino neopalimaya: raduisya, glubino neudobozrimaya: raduisya, moste k Nebesem privodyai, i lestvice vysokaya, yuzhe Iakov vide: raduisya, Bozhestvennaya stamno manny: raduisya, razreshenie klyatvy: raduisya, Adamovo vozzvanie, s Toboyu Gospod’

English translation:
Gabriel stood before thee, O Maiden, revealing the pre-eternal counsel, Saluting thee and exclaiming:
Rejoice, O earth unsown! Rejoice, O bush unburnt! Rejoice, O depth hard to fathom!
Rejoice, O bridge leading to the heavens and lofty ladder, which Jacob beheld!
Rejoice, O divine jar of Manna! Rejoice, annulment of the curse!
Rejoice, restoration of Adam: the Lord is with thee!

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About All Saints Fulham Choir

The All Saints Fulham Church is the home of three choirs. A traditional Parish Choir who sing wide-ranging repertoire which spans nine centuries and tours regularly at home and abroad; a Gospel Choir who sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel styles, and a junior choir for children from Year 3 upwards.

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