I just got back from my third ever divine liturgy at my local Syriac Orthodox church. It was beautiful as usual, but I have a problem. I have trouble following along with the Aramaic hymns. There is the transliteration, but since the hymns are sung it can be difficult to tell when one word ends and another begins. I finally mastered my recitation of Abun dBashmayo from listening to a clip of it over and over while reading the transliteration and I was able to sing it today with everyone else in church
Anyways, I need to know some of the other major hymns. They are so beautiful that I want to sing along with everyone, but I can't
So pleaseeee help me with knowing the names of the following hymns and preferably a website to where I can hear it sung:
1) What is the hymn sung at the beginning of the liturgy. After I walk in, the deacons are singing a hymn and then later the other people stand and sing a hymn. When I look in the liturgy book I see a place where there is a hymn listed but the transliteration looks nothing like what I am hearing!
2) What is the hymn that is sung during communion? I really want to know this one, it's so beautiful!
3) What are some of the others that I have forgotten to mention?
If anyone could help me out with this I would be so grateful!