FANFARE TO ALL THE BLESSED GODS
FANFARE TO ALL THE BLESSED GODS
All praise to all the Blessed Gods, who reign from deepest deep to the highest height! I offer you fine frankincense; bend your ears and grant your blessing.
The Fanfare to All the Blessed Gods is very short hymn meant to be sung a capella and somewhat freely. The music is available below. No time signature or bar measures have been added because it does not quite fit so well in a defined meter. The hymn was written by James Van Kollenburg, who is known by the religious name Kallímakhos.
To download printable music: Fanfare to All the Blessed Gods music sheet
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Links to more religious hymns: Contemporary Hymns for Hellenismos
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For the technically curious: The recording of the Fanfare to All the Blessed Gods was made at Pekin Inn Recording, performance and recording by Kallímakhos. One microphone (Microtech Gefel UM70S) was used for the entire recording of both the vocal and the lyre. One channel of an API 3124M+ served as the pre-amp for the microphone. The mixer was a Neotek-1E. Reverb: TC Electronic REVERB 4000. Some compression was applied using a Pendulum Audio ES-8. The microphone went through a custom built compressor based on the schematic of an LA2A with Jensen input and output transformers. The mix-down deck is a Marantz CDR640.
The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Petelia; Gr. Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara; Gr. κιθάρα), the lyre of Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus; Gr. Ὀρφεύς).
PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the pages of this website, you will find fascinating stories about our Gods. These narratives are known as mythology , the traditional stories of the Gods and Heroes. While these tales are great mystical vehicles containing transcendent truth, they are symbolic and should not be taken literally. A literal reading will frequently yield an erroneous result. The meaning of the myths is concealed in code. To understand them requires a key. For instance, when a God kills someone, this usually means a transformation of the soul to a higher level. Similarly, sexual union with a God is a transformation.
The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology.
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.
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