Sunday Music & Nektaria Karantzi & Vassilis Tsabropoulos

“You are with me” by Vassilis Tsabropoulos (piano) with Nektaria Karantzi (vocals), from the album Eleison (2016), available at Amazon. The text is the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” sung in Greek.

The Lord of glory is my shepherd; I shall lack nothing
In lush pastures He makes me lie
Besides tranquil waters He leads me
My soul He restores
Through I walk to the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil
For You are with me
(May) I shall dwell in the House of The Lord, for all the days of my true life

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Sunday Trailer [ The Island

The Island (2007) was introduced to me a few months ago, and is probably the best Christian/religious movie I’ve ever seen. From the IMDB summary:

Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.

Trailer here:

Directed by Pavel Lungin, screenplay by Dmitry Sobolev, lead character played by Pyotr Mamonov. The full movie with English subtitles is available on the T’Oobs and can be found pretty easily. (I won’t link directly to it because the movie is so recent.)

Sunday Music & Jimi Hendix & Gary Moore & RIP Zippy

This is not part of my normal routine here as a default music blogger, but I’d like to dedicate this post to the memory of blogger Zippy Catholic (real name Matthew), who was lost in a traffic accident. He’s had an immense influence on me, though I didn’t know him in real life. He was frighteningly smart and spiritually hard-core.

Prayers for Matthew, who has been in my daily Rosary, and condolences to his family.

There is a musical connection. Zippy actually visited this blog once, and we had an exchange on, of all things, moral theology and Jimi Hendrix. (Apparently Zippy loved him some rock guitar, especially metal.)

Oddly, days before I heard the terrible news, I had dug up my Hendrix CD Electric Ladyland (which I hadn’t listened to it in a very long time) and I had chosen it for my commuting music. I was grooving pretty intensely on both versions of “Voodoo Chile” for two days.

To honor Zippy’s theological proposition about rock-n-roll, I revisit the T’Oob that he contributed to WDYDFAE on the thread above, “Red House,” a Hendrix tribute performed by Gary Moore.

Rock on, Zippy.

This post has been lightly edited for grammar and content. This addendum is in the spirit of Zippy, who never edited without indicating so — and it was always something about content, because I never saw him make a grammatical or spelling mistake.

Addendum re-edited for errors. Sheesh. Zippean standards are exacting even for these trivial things.

Palm Sunday Music & Hosanna Filio David


Recorded and produced by Graduale Project.

Hosanna filio David
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Rex Israel: Hosanna, Hosanna in Excelsis.
Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus,
quoniam in saeculum misericordia eius.
Deus meus es tu, et confitebor tibi,
Deus meus, et exaltabo te.

Hosanna son of David:
Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord,
King of Israel:
Hosanna in the highest.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good:
His mercy endures for ever.
Thou art my God and I will praise thee; thou art my God,
I will exalt thee.