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« on: February 20, 2008, 07:40:02 PM »

Do you know where I can find written English translations of Ethiopian Epiphany (Timkat) hymns?  And, what scriptures are appointed to be read at the Epiphany Liturgy and at the Blessing of the Waters?  I was in Gondar for Timkat last month.  It was an incredible experience.  My guide translated several hymns, but it remains very difficult to find English translations.  I have a 1901 English translation of the Coptic Blessing of the Waters, but I don't know how closely that resembles what I witnessed in Gondar.  (I got to converse with Patriarch Paulos for about ten minutes, which was truly a blessing.)  Can anyone help with the translation issue.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008, 01:16:11 AM »

I split this thread off from the Oriental Orthodox Music thread:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,9840.new.html#new

I thought this topic should have its own thread, as that may increase its visibility and the likelihood of the original poster's question being answered.

If anyone has any leads, please offer them.  I think translations of these hymns would be interesting, as well as spiritually enriching.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008, 02:42:33 AM »

By the way, welcome to the forum.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2008, 02:48:00 AM »

Aren't there any English translations of the various blessing services in the Ethiopian Church?  I'm getting curious about this myself now.  One would think that at least something informal would have been printed up by an Ethiopian parish in the U.S. for the sake of the American born members.

PJB,

You may want to contact some parishes in the U.S.  They might have something, or know of something. 

Here is a directory, but I'm not sure how up to date it is:

http://www.prairienet.org/~dxmoges/dire.htm


Here are some other websites:

http://www.dskmariam.org/

http://www.eotcbooks.com/87.html

http://www.ethiopianorthodox.org/english/indexenglish.html
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2008, 06:27:12 PM »

Thank you.  I have tried some of these links.  So far no response.
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2009, 03:02:34 AM »

Unfortunately, it seems no one was able to find the translations that PJB wanted.   Sad

I did, however, just notice a video of a Timket celebration in Washington D.C. that was just posted on youtube.  I thought I'd share:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yqTKQwMX4&NR=1

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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2009, 03:24:16 AM »

Then there is this video, which shows the celebrations in Gondar, the city where PJB was:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCACIq4LYAw

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2011, 05:14:34 PM »

While I can't provide a translation myself, I do have experience as a historian and a translator that may come in handy. Finding good resources isn't too hard, though it may take some legwork. One obvious option is going to an Ethiopian Church parish that is accessible to you and asking some of the fathers there. A little good will, a coffee invitation and a genuine interest on what they want to say may prove enough to get them to sit with you and help you translate a bit.
Of course, finding ethiopian ministers may not be an easy task, so your next best thing is your local university. Browse through their langauge, literature, theology and history programs and you may just find a teacher who may be able to help you. Approach with good manners and showing interest, and you'll see most of them will be pleased to tell you as much as they know (heck, they make a living out of it).
Last but not least, search for language specific forums on the web. Local contributors may be more than willing to provide translations, and the forum's archives may have some on storage already.
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2011, 05:29:18 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The traditional prayers at Timket for the water blessings are absolutely identical to those chanted at Baptismal services, which are generally also verbatim of the first verses of the Preparatory Prayers of the Divine Liturgy and the Gospel reading the John 3 (Nicodemus)
http://www.ethiopianorthodox.org/amharic/yezemametsheft/zematarik/kidasse%20Dioscoros.pdf (here is a link)
The hymn chanted with choir and drum is the mahalet timket (Baptismal Praise) which both precedes and concludes the Timket service including the culmination of the Tabot procession.  I do not have the words at the moment but I can get some for you from my priest, I would enjoy a copy myself.
http://www.ethiopianorthodox.org/amharic/seasonal/timket.html (this site has some relevant media files, but the writings are all in Amharic)

Stay blessed,
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