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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Irene Pappas Sings Inside Hagia Sophia to the Theotokos

Irene Pappas sings "The Champion" ("Τη Υπερμάχω") to the Theotokos, the protectress of Constantinople, inside Hagia Sophia in this news report of 1983. When asked what she felt when she entered Hagia Sophia, she responded: "It is a desert, it is naked. And you feel like it has lost all of the decorations of history, as if it has become simplified...You're saddened very much, but you take courage and move on...I sang 'The Champion' as if someone is conquering, but not with the situation. He conquers with his soul as the Greek people conquer."

Τη υπερμάχω στρατηγώ τα νικητήρια, ως λυτρωθείσα των δεινών, ευχαριστήρια, αναγράφω σοι η Πόλις σου, Θεοτόκε, αλλ' ως έχουσα το κράτος απροσμάχητον, εκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ελευθέρωσον ίνα κράζω σοι, Χαίρε, Νύμφη ανύμφευτε.

To thee the Champion Leader, we thy City ascribe thanksgiving as ones rescued out of sufferings, O Theotokos; but as thou keepest thy nation invincible, from all dangers do thou deliver us that we may cry to thee: Rejoice bride unwedded.
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