Every second Saturday of the month, 4 pm - Divine Liturgy in English of Sunday - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, Duke Street, London W1K 5BQ. Followed by refreshments.
Next Liturgy: Saturday 14th July - 3pm Great Vespers, 4pm Divine Liturgy for Sunday

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The new catechism in English, Christ our Pascha, is available from the Eparchy of the Holy Family and the Society. Please email johnchrysostom@btinternet.com for details.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Good Friday Arabic Catholic Hymn - Wa Habibi

English Catholics will recognise the melody of this hymn, to which we sing the poignant penitential and Passiontide hymn, God of Mercy and Compassion. It is a French traditional tune (Au sang qu'un Dieu), associated with the 18th century composer Pergolesi.

Here, in a moving example of 'spiritual ecumenism', in which the Christian East embraces something of the culture of the Western Catholic musical tradition, the famous Lebanese singer, Fairouz, sings the Good Friday lament, Wa Habibi.

My Love, My Love
What has befallen you?
Who saw you and grieved for you,
You who are righteous?
My Love, what is the sin of our times and our children?
These wounds have no cure.

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