I learned to love Eastern orthodox choral music during this very season back in my early 20s when living in Eastern Europe. Alexander Grechaninov’s Passion Week op. 58 is a beautiful liturgical work for choir that opens with “Se Zhenih griadet (Behold, the Bridegroom)”. A translation of the Russian text reads:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight,
And blessed is the servant whom he shall find watching;
And again, unworthy is the servant whom he shall find heedless.
Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep,
Lest you be given up to death and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom.
But rouse yourself, crying: “Holy, holy, holy, art Thou, O our God.
Through the Theotokos, have mercy on us!