This hymn, a march for the God Áris (Ares, Ἄρης) arose from ritual in the month of Scorpio, 2010. It is called Hymn to Struggle or Hymn to Áris and was composed by James Van Kollenburg, who is known as Kallímakhos. It seems to the author that the song came in answer to a prayer. The hymn is appropriate sung a cappella or with accompaniment (see below).

The words to the hymn speak of the role of Áris in bringing us the struggles we need in order to grow on our journey to great arætí (arete, ἀρετή), great virtue. The singer prays to Áris, asking him to fight beside him until, together, they reach victory. After victory is achieved, he prays that Aphrodítî (Aphrodite, Ἀφροδίτη) will come and harmonize his soul; she is called by her epithet Kythíria (Cytherea, Κυθήρια); this epithet refers to the island of Kýthîra (Cythera, Κύθηρα) where her worship is believed to be more ancient than any other place.

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Links to more religious hymns: Contemporary Hymns for Hellenismos

The Scottish songs for freedom: The Songs to The Boy and the Well of Memory


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I begin to sing of glorious Áris,

mighty warrior of the noble struggle.

I implore the king, tearfully amorous:

"Fight beside me, God, in my grievous trouble!

I desire to be

In your company

When the battle ends

In victory!"

And I begin to sing of lovely Kythíria,

that between us three will be found Harmony.

For the technically curious: The recording of the Hymn to Ares was made at Pekin Inn Recording, performance and recording by Kallimachus. The vocal microphone is a Microtech Gefel UM93.1S. The piano (Charles Walter upright) was recorded simultaneously with the vocal using a pair of Microtech Gefel M296 on a Jecklin disc. Three channels of an API 3124M+ served as the pre-amps for all the microphones. The mixer was a Neotek-1E. Reverb: TC Electronic REVERB 4000. Some compression was applied using a Pendulum Audio ES-8. The vocal went through a custom built compressor based on the schematic of an LA2A. The mix-down deck is a Marantz CDR640.

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