This beautiful hymn is the first troparia in a newly compiled supplication service for us as we continue the battle against the coronavirus. This service was compiled by Metropolitan Cyril of Rhodes and translated by Fr. Seraphim Dedes who founded the AGES initiative which is an excellent source of liturgical music and texts translations into English. This supplication service comes to us in as we plod forward in enduring the coronavirus and its widespread affects.
"Earnestly we pray, O our Savior very merciful: Straight away avert the spread of the disease, for we know no other God and Lord except for You. Holy Trinity, our God, have mercy on us and save us."
Throughout the service, amazing hymns are interspersed with an entreaty that the Holy Trinity, our God, may have mercy on us and save us from this despised illness.
"Fear of the pandemic has gripped the hearts of all of Your servants, O compassionate Lord and God. Quickly come and save us, we earnestly entreat You, invoking Your great mercy, Savior most merciful."
The service recognizes that not only are we afflicted by the direct body threat that COVID inflicts but also that fear is constantly attacking us. The very air and atmosphere of our lives have been polluted by fear from the disease and powerfully gives us petitions to plead to our Savior to deliver us from this constant anxiety, mental anguish, and spiritual leach.
"Having borne the Redeemer of humanity, Virgin most pure, ineffably, entreat Him to inhibit the spread of the pandemic that has plagued the entire world; and with your motherly grace, give us your calming comfort."
"Haralambos the Martyr is known for combating the plague. O Lord, by his prayers rescue us from it, and we shall sing, glorifying your mighty power, O God."
"Join the Theotokos, all you arrays of angelic powers, honored Forerunner of the Lord, holy Twelve Apostles and all the Saints together, and pray for our salvation, and intercede for us"
Hymns are dedicated to have the entire body of the Church, the Church triumphant prays for us the Church militant in during this dark time. For we are all one the body of Christ, His Church, and we as a spiritual community throughout the ages all support each other through our oneness in our Savior.
"O compassionate Lord and God, as an inexhaustible sea of tender love, please do not allow humanity to languish and perish from contagious disease"
And most of all, we cast ourselves at the feet of our Lord's 'inexhaustible sea of tender love'. The Lord our God, who is fully human like us, who underwent horrid sufferings throughout his life, can relate and knows the pain and sorrow each and everyone one of us feels. Jesus weeps at the suffering we experience and has true empathetic compassion. His compassion isn't theoretical or distant, but it is so close to us because He experienced the human condition of suffering yet without sin. It is through His love, true experienced self sacrificial love, that we can take comfort to rest in Him and find the peace which surpasses all our suffering, hardship, and fear.