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The psalm is here sung by Matthew Heyse-Moore, based on and inspired by a recording with Assyrian Eastern Orthodox Father Seraphim (Bit-Haribi) during Pope Francis' visit to Georgia in 2016. Matthew says, ' I am fascinated with the connections the Aramaic uncovers with other words and prayers - "Rahemli" (have mercy in the King James version) comes from the word for womb and for me evokes a womb-like outpouring of giving love far away from images of a bearded cold judge God. "Bisha" (evil in KJV) evokes unripeness and unreadiness with the possibility of becoming ripe. "khtahay" (also sin/ iniquities) evokes 'tangled threads' - words which Jesus directly quoted in the "Lord's Prayer"'. I'm grateful for the work of Neil Douglas-Klotz for enriching my understanding of these words.'


Rakhemli Alaha aakh taibutakh
Uakh sogha drakhmaikh eti khathai
Asga atshigani meen euli umen khathai dakani


released September 24, 2020


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Matthew Heyse-Moore

Matthew Heyse-Moore is a musician, composer, and teacher based in Stroud, UK. His music is inspired by the beauty and power of mountains, rivers, and other natural landscapes, combining chant with acoustic instruments and natural sounds. Matthew plays piano and clarinet and seeks to share a love of music through a thriving teaching practice as well as through his own compositions. ... more

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