For your affirmative answer to the original question raised by Paromer: "Does it fit in with Eastern Church spirituality?"
Of course it does!!! All true spirituality is ours, supplied to us by the Holy Spirit.
Others are wandering in partial or complete darkness, and they need us --- to bring them the "Amazing Grace" we have received from the Lord.
Although our worship is the collective of the Church gathered together, each of us will be guided on our own spiritual path and will have to account for our own self at the final Judgement. originally posted by Chtec:
You can also sing "Izhe Cheruvimy" to the melody of "Amazing Grace." Comes in handy for all those Southern Baptist-Orthodox/Byzantine Catholic crossover services.
"Izhe Cheruvimy" also works with the melody of "What a friend I have in Jesus" and "Nearer my God to thee" and a slew of other Protestant hymns.
Originally posted by paromer:
Do you like the hymn Amazing Grace?
Does it have a place in Eastern Church spirituality?
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.
John Newton 1725-1807 (stanza 6 Anon)
I also happen to like singing "Amazing Grace". After all, it is amazing, that the Lord would grant any Grace to an unworthy sinner like myself.
Pilgrim and Odd Duck