A while ago, one of my Orthodox e-friends (riverdaughter) talked about a couple of CDs she had purchased from the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of St. Paisius in Arizona (Women’s Monastery). They contain both folk song tunes and composed music based on Serbian melodies with the words praising saints and the Theotokos (Mother of God).
Well, I have to say, not only do they live up to all the good things riverdaughter had to say about them, they are even better than I anticipated! One of my very close relatives who is under the patronage of the Archangel Michael is having many difficulties – and one of the songs composed (text and music) by St. Nikolai Velimirovich on one of the CDs is:
St. Archangel Michael
Holy Archangel of God, Michael the Commander,
The sword-bearing servant of the Lord Most-high
He stands before the Lord with the heavenly hosts,
With the mighty angels and the holy souls.
The supreme commander of the Highest King.
Where he goes he conquers and works miracles.
He’s the one whom satan fears like fire
The commander of our God stands for truth.
He stands for justice and upholds truth.
Fast as sight, he can be anywhere swiftly.
The commander of light, he drives the impure away
And with his mighty wings guards the faithful
How beautiful! And the music is just gorgeous! The nuns’ voices are ethereal. As soon as I can get it to him, I’m going to send a copy of the CD to him. How I pray that St. Michael the Archangel will pray for him!