The Insatiable Apostate – A New Commandment

Masked Ball is, for me, one of most hypnotic songs I ever listened too, composed by Jocelyn Pook, and first released in her album Flood, was used in Stanley Kubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut.

The piece Masked Ball, which incorporates a fragment of an Orthodox Liturgy played backwards and lyrics chanted in Romanian.

In the ritual, the incantations in the background are part of a Romanian Orthodox Divine Liturgy recorded in a church in Baia Mare, played backwards. The piece, named “Masked Ball”, is an adaptation by Jocelyn Pook of her “Backwards Priests.” When contacting Pook in regard to providing music for the film, Kubrick asked if she had anything else like Backwards Priests – “you know, weird.

This is the lyrics as sound in the film:

Auov uad auon acnurop ias iicinecu ertac iulunmod asiz. Aiutseca iulusacal iulutnafs ia irotacafenib is irotiulim irotanihcni. Uezenmud iul rolibor roletacap aeratrei is aerasal aeratecrec aer.

But if you reverse it, you can listen a cite of Bible, (Jn 13, 34) in Romanian language:

Zisa Domnului catre ucenicii sai, porunca noua dau voua. Domnului sa ne rugam pentru mila, viata, pacea, sanatatea, mantuirea, cercetarea, lasarea si iertarea pacatelor robilor lui Dumnezeu. Inchinatori, miluitori si binefacatori ai sfantului lacasului acestuia.

And translated says:

And God told to his apprentices…I gave you a command…to pray to the Lord for the mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, the search, the leave and the forgiveness of the sins of God’s children. The ones that pray, they have mercy and they take good care of this holy place.

It is curious and especially controversial, just “The new commandment” was sung in the orgy scene, claiming the maximum should love each other in a way never called by the Church, focusing solely on sexual love or eros, ignoring the transcendent and pure love for Christians.

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