On this day, Tute 1 of the Coptic calendar, we celebrate El-Nayrouz - the feast of the Martyrs - the Coptic New Year. For the first time, my Coptic Church in Sydney has gained council permission to close all four streets surrounding her, including the main road, for a short period in order that we may mark this feast with a procession on the streets around the Church, chanting whilst carrying the relics of St Athanasius the Apostolic, St Menas, St Philopateer Mercurius and other great Saints and Martyrs. May the Lord guide, bless and protect all Copts and non-Copts alike this blessed Coptic New Year, and may all the Saints and Martyrs intercede on your behalf.
Doxology for El-Nayrouz:
Audio (Coptic): http://tasbeha.org/media/index.php?s=Hymns%2FOther_Occasions%2FNayrouz_-_Coptic_New_Year%2FIbrahim_Ayad%2F04-Nayrouz_Doxology.mp3
Praise the Lord with a new praise, O all people who love Christ our God, for He has visited us with his salvation, as a Good and Lover of Mankind.
We send the hymn unto You, with voices of glorification, O our Good Savior, confirm us unto the end.
Grant us O lord, Your peace, save us from the hands of our enemies, humiliate their counsel, and heal our sicknesses.
Bless the crown of the year, through your goodness, O Lord, the rivers and the springs, and the seeds and the fruits.
Bless us in our works, with Your heavenly blessing, send us from Your highest, Your grace and Your goodness.
The afflicted save them, the travelers return them, the bound loosen them, those who slept repose them.
Take away Your anger from us, deliver us from famine, and from the wiles of the demons, O Giver of good things.
We praise and glorify Him, and exalt him above all, as a Good one and Lover of man, have mercy upon according to Your great mercy.