Monday, September 13, 2010

Music of the Early Christian Church

On Haven Today this morning I learned about the Odes of Solomon, the hymns of the early Christian church.  Discovered in 1909, they were written by the Odist, in the tradition of Solomon, and were the songs of worship and praise used when followers of Jesus gathered.  Based on the 42 Odes, John Andrew Shriener has recently set the Odes to music for believers today.  I'm including a video of Ode 3, sung by Lily Cruz, who sings in both English and Spanish and is backed up by an English choir.  The beautiful song brings together believers across cultures as well as centuries.

You can learn more about the Odes Project here, including the words to the Odes, as translated by James H Charlesworth of Princeton University.

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