Boldog Karácsonyt!

Earlier in December, I attended a service at St. Columba’s Scottish Presbyterian Church called the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. It’s a wonderful service, starting with prayer and music, and then readings from the Bible telling the story of Jesus in nine lessons, with a hymn that corresponds to the reading. The first starts with the temptation of Adam and Eve, then moves to the blessing of Abraham, the prophecies of the coming Messiah, and then the stories of birth of Jesus. The music was performed by the Gabrieli Choir, an amateur choir specializing in Anglican cathedral music, and the Exsultate Boys’ Choir, formed from students of the Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir School in Budapest. 

The program was performed entirely in English, with one exception: the Lord’s Prayer, which was recited both in English and Hungarian. I thought some of you might be interested to see what it looks like in Hungarian, and luckily the program booklet had it written down for me so I didn’t have to attempt to transcribe it 🙂

Mi Atyánk, aki a mennyekben vagy, szenteltessék meg a te neved, jöjjön el a te országod; legyen meg a te akaratod, aminit a mennyben, úgy a földoön is;

mindennapi kenyerünket add meg nékünk ma, és bocsásd meg vétkeinket, miképpen mi is megbocsátnk az ellenünk vétkezőknek;

és ne vigy minket kísértésbe, de szabadíts meg a gonosztól; mert tied az ország, a hatalom és a dicsőség mindörökké.

Ámen.

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