As a classically trained musician, thanks to my Grandad and the former Choirmaster, Peter Richards who trained us, I have decided to record a choral Kievan chant called "Russian Contakion Of The Departed" in memory of him.
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This is in memory of my Grandad and I know right now, he's chilling with Jesus and the rest of the saints and I think the words fit pretty well with the occasion - it's hard, but, I know he's home - chilling with Jesus with the victory Jesus' blood won for us.
Here are the lyrics:
Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints:
where sorrow and pain are no more;
neither sighing but life everlasting.
Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of man:
and we are mortal formed from the dust of the earth,
and unto earth shall we return:
for so thou didst ordain,
when thou created me saying:
“Dust thou art und unto dust shalt thou return.”
All we go down to the dust;
and weeping o’er the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
It was a toss between this or "And Did Those Feet" (Jerusalem) which is my favourite hymn and was my Grandad's favorite too however Jerusalem was very difficult to even try and record as this hymn was sang at his funeral.
In memory of Grandad. Thank you for being the only male in my life since I was born, thank you for being there and teaching me how to build stuff when you would take me to work when I was a child.