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« Reply #855 on: June 15, 2013, 02:51:30 PM »

Made me want to link a hymn about the Mother of God.  So here goes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldc5gWL1xN0

Another: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eOePzjT6Pc
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« Reply #856 on: June 17, 2013, 04:52:50 PM »

Another Hymn to the Mother of God. I don't know for sure if this is a Syriac Orthodox Hymm (Maybe Maronite?) but it is amazing.


"O Mother of God" by Mayada Basilis (Basilies?) & St. Efrem Patriarchal Choir

http://youtu.be/KxAyEVvEwC4


Such a voice, such a voice!
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« Reply #857 on: June 17, 2013, 06:29:09 PM »

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« Reply #858 on: June 17, 2013, 09:40:07 PM »

Another Hymn to the Mother of God. I don't know for sure if this is a Syriac Orthodox Hymm (Maybe Maronite?) but it is amazing.


"O Mother of God" by Mayada Basilis (Basilies?) & St. Efrem Patriarchal Choir

http://youtu.be/KxAyEVvEwC4


Such a voice, such a voice!

Indeed a beautiful voice.  I first heard this chant from Fairuz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N-N7xghgWo
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« Reply #859 on: June 21, 2013, 10:41:50 AM »

If you like Coptic hymns, and you want some good quality, accurate recordings, then HCOC is the way to go.

There's only two days left for the sale on all HCOC productions sold digitally on CDBaby.com.

All albums will be sold for $9.99 only!

GET YOUR COPIES NOW!

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheHeritageoftheCopticOrthodox
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« Reply #860 on: June 21, 2013, 12:12:40 PM »

yes, there are some good songs by your group  Smiley
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« Reply #861 on: June 21, 2013, 01:30:46 PM »

"O, Mother of God" in Syriac by Carla Ramia. I'm pretty sure its Maronite from this version, very beautiful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ6aWKAepU8


And the original link I posted is no longer working. Here is the new one for Mayada Basilis (Basilies?) & St. Efrem Patriarchal Choir. They also added some others with her, all very good.

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

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« Reply #862 on: July 08, 2013, 06:35:00 PM »

This is a very special addition to our collection. We already know of the martyrdom of Fr. Mina Aboud Sherween in North Sinai just three days ago.  There is now circulating an audio liturgical recording of him with a slide show of him on YouTube: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8IWkZ74oHU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

As someone shared on facebook, it begins appropriately with the chanted part of the Creed "We look for the ressurection of the dead and the life of the coming age.  Amen!"
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« Reply #863 on: July 21, 2013, 01:22:08 PM »

"English" translation of the Syriac sHimo Prayers - a hymn from the Tuesday Compline.
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O You the slain,
who by Your slaying, slew both death and satan
slay the sin which,
dwels in me and makes me its
slave by my will.

O Good Shepherd,
Who went in search of
sheep that strayed from
the flock and was lost.

O seek for me , who am lost like the one coin
out of ten which the woman lost and it is,
because You are He who finds, those who are lost.

Haleluiah ; Praise..
be to You ; Barekmor.
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« Reply #864 on: July 22, 2013, 11:17:37 PM »

Mezmur by liqemezemeran yilma hayilu

roughly translated into English..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBq-680wNp4

Peace be with you!

Crying out, peace be with you!/2x/
As she weaves the silk with the gold
The voice of Gabriel was heard ,……. it was heard
The voice of the Angel was heard,……… it was heard
The voice of Gabriel was heard

While you were fetching water,Clapping his wings in his great joy
The one sent to you with the good news seeing the greatness of your glory
Stood before you in humility and gave you his salutation of honor

Bearing the good news of the Mystery
Gabriel was sent with tidings of comfort
Calmly and with caution
She pondered the herald of the angel

My spirit rejoices in My God
Ever vigilant in His praise
Keeping pure of every other thought
So how is it possible for me to bear a child?

He that shall be born from you is the Great and Mighty One
Who is glorified in heaven and earth
Indescribable is the height and depth of this mystery
And you alone shall contain the uncontainable

Great and glorified is He who created you
 Through his love for you He deified mankind
The world is blessed by the fruit of your womb
And I cannot recount the multitude of your glory.

Selam Le’ki eyale
Selam leki eyale/2x/
Har ena werqun sitasmama
Yegebrel dimts tesema…..Tesema!
Yemelaku dimts tesema…..Tesema!
Yegebrel dimts tesema.

Wuha siteqeji kinfun iyamata
Liyabesresh yemetaw betalaq desita
Kemogesish bizat/2/ sitateq sifeta
Aqrebolish neber yekibir selamta

Yemiserachun qal mistir teshekemo
Gabriel telake liyaregagat qedemo
Beregata temoleta/2x/ negerun mermira
Yemelakun bisrat semachiw betera


Yidesetal inji menfese be amlake
Bemisgana sadir zewetir tenberekeke
Hasabe leqitsebet/2x/ lela mech yasibal
Lene lijin meweled indet yichalegnal?

Kanchi yemiweledew ne’ud new kibur
Yetemesegene besemay bemidir
Mistiru hayal new/2x/ yireqal yisefal
Kanchi beqer yihin man yishekemewal?

Etsub new dinq new anchin yefetere
Anchin bemewededu sewen akebere
Alem yibarekal/2x/ bemahetsenish fere
Kibrishin alezeleqim zerzere zerzere.


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we sibehat le Egziabher./ Glory be to God.
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« Reply #865 on: September 02, 2013, 09:12:35 AM »

Beautitudes chanted by Malankara Orthodox in Sanskrit Grin
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« Reply #866 on: September 07, 2013, 09:14:01 AM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXyXXzASPIM - I don't know if lyrics of the song (hymn?) presented in the video is about the Nativity of the Theotokos (that according to the new calendar we celebrate tomorrow), but the pictures are for sure from the celebrations of the feast and they're very interesting as they're taken in Bramhavar Church which is (in some way autonomous) part of the Malankara Orthodox Church.
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« Reply #867 on: September 07, 2013, 03:24:13 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXyXXzASPIM - I don't know if lyrics of the song (hymn?) presented in the video is about the Nativity of the Theotokos (that according to the new calendar we celebrate tomorrow), but the pictures are for sure from the celebrations of the feast and they're very interesting as they're taken in Bramhavar Church which is (in some way autonomous) part of the Malankara Orthodox Church.

It's not a liturgical hymn, more of a devotional song (I hesitate to call it paraliturgical), serving as a soundtrack for the photos.  Smiley
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« Reply #868 on: September 15, 2013, 10:51:52 PM »

This is from the Coptic midnight praises:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RqMYbJ2y-0&list=PL0sU6mrf5w-pMJg7busj79bprph4Ohf7-

I think the above link is part of a new Coptic youtube channel.  It should be nice to look into.  :-)
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« Reply #869 on: September 16, 2013, 04:46:49 AM »

great link, i know at least one person in the photo! (uk church; i think i know someone else but not sure as the angle is not good)
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here is the audio to an all english version:
http://tasbeha.org/mp3/Praises/Midnight_Praises/St_Anthony_Monastery,_English_Midnight_Praises/Part_1.html
scroll down to 'second hoos (means little song) lobsh (means explaination)'.

and the words are here:
http://tasbeha.org/media/index.php?st=Praises%2FMidnight_Praises%2FFr._David_Bebawy%2C_Coptic_Midnight_Praises%2FPart_1%2Ftrack06.414.mp3

the night time praises are great!
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« Reply #870 on: September 16, 2013, 07:15:10 AM »

Coptic Hymn for Virgin Mary in Arabic with English subtitles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGJSpb33z-Q&list=PLL4MYnJHu0Y0g_ht4I5bfOecrnkux_Bw_&index=4


Also some of my Favorites

Syriac Orthodox Hymn for the Apostles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRjxpxH0RE8


The Lords Prayer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_nJg3N3p9I
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« Reply #871 on: December 04, 2013, 01:00:15 AM »

Beautiful mezmur:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGPqBzMwiWs
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« Reply #872 on: December 05, 2013, 02:50:41 PM »

A poem by HH Pope Shenouda of blessed memory set to music.

My Throbbing Heart
قلبي الخفاق (qalbi el khafaqul)
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http://youtu.be/FGRPto1jD5c

English lyics I found online:

My Throbbing Heart

Throbbing heart of mine has Your resting place become
In the inner recesses Your place have I concealed
I have left the world in all of its tumults
And withdrawn from all, that I may with You live

No thought have I, nor opinion
Nor other desire save to follow You
And Jacob my father's secret I perceive
Now I know how he with You wrestled

O heart's Companion, how sweet You are!
High and Awesome, how splendid You are!
O Mighty One, in whose palm a whip
Whilst love does Your tear-ducts bleed

The world cannot contain You, oh, how narrow it is!
How, then, can the heart suffice to hold You in?
I have left the world in all of its tumults
And withdrawn from all, that I may with You live

I have left all, my Lord, but You
None have I in life's estrangement but You
And the mind have I checked from its wandering
Wherever You are, there shall my thoughts be

Family and friends have I forgotten
Nay, even the self, in the love of You
I have forgotten all in Your love
O heart's Delight, forget not then Your son

Not distant are You from my spirit which in
The stillness of silence does Your call await
In heaven You are indeed, yet every heart
Living in love is, for You, a heaven

Behold, the eye have I shut from beholding
That perhaps You I may behold
And the ear, too, have I emptied
That perhaps to You I may listen

Throbbing heart of mine has Your resting place become
In the inner recesses Your place have I concealed

Throbbing heart of mine has Your resting place become
In the inner receses Your place have I concealed
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« Reply #873 on: December 07, 2013, 07:08:42 PM »

Are there examples of Syriac music without electronic instruments? What would a pre-modern era Syriac liturgy sound/look like?
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« Reply #874 on: December 07, 2013, 08:08:37 PM »

Are there examples of Syriac music without electronic instruments? What would a pre-modern era Syriac liturgy sound/look like?

If "pre-modern era" means "no electronic instruments", try this: http://youtu.be/2w-m_moJMPk?t=1h8m31s

It is the Liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday (so there are some minor variations from the standard ritual) from my jurisdiction's main seminary in India.  Taking into account that this is a seminary and not a parish, and so the quality of the singing is better, this is basically what it would've been like in India before the popularisation of weapons of Mass destruction electronic instruments.  

Edited: the person who edited the video cuts from one thing to the next randomly and annoyingly, but it's enough to give you a sense of what you asked about. 
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« Reply #875 on: December 08, 2013, 03:23:26 AM »

Are there examples of Syriac music without electronic instruments? What would a pre-modern era Syriac liturgy sound/look like?

If "pre-modern era" means "no electronic instruments", try this: http://youtu.be/2w-m_moJMPk?t=1h8m31s

It is the Liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday (so there are some minor variations from the standard ritual) from my jurisdiction's main seminary in India.  Taking into account that this is a seminary and not a parish, and so the quality of the singing is better, this is basically what it would've been like in India before the popularisation of weapons of Mass destruction electronic instruments.  

Edited: the person who edited the video cuts from one thing to the next randomly and annoyingly, but it's enough to give you a sense of what you asked about. 
No keyboards or artificial echo-y  microphones! Even the candles have actual flames!  Shocked

Thank you so much, try as hard as I could I could never find one without all the electronics. This is so superior, I don't know how one could trade.
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« Reply #876 on: December 08, 2013, 03:08:08 PM »

Thank you so much, try as hard as I could I could never find one without all the electronics.

It's a struggle for me too.  Tongue

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This is so superior, I don't know how one could trade.

I don't understand it, either.  My home parish is more like the video I recommended and not like the videos you've no doubt encountered, but, at least in America, that seems rare.   

I blame it, for the most part, on an ignorance of what we're doing when worshiping.  Some have the idea that these things add dignity to the celebration and so should be used, but never think about it beyond that.  If the person doesn't know how to play well, it's distracting, but that never registers.  If the music dominates, it takes away from the prayer, but that doesn't register.  Use of instruments and "fancy" choirs rarely encourages congregational participation, but fosters a "liturgy as entertainment" mentality.  If the choir is unplugged, the people will sing: I've seen it.  Nothing is more powerful than a few hundred people chanting in unison during the Liturgy, and nothing is more depressing than a keyboardist and his/her choir robbing that from the worshiping community.  Let me stop ranting before someone has to restrain me.  Tongue
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« Reply #877 on: December 09, 2013, 01:25:49 AM »

You know, I have nothing against instruments when tastefully done.  It's the sound effects that I heard once in a parish that I seem find unsettling.
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« Reply #878 on: December 09, 2013, 10:15:09 AM »

I agree with Antonis and Mor.  I love the Qurbana as celebrated in the Keralite churches, but the key boards, echoes and sound effects can really be over the top sometimes.  I'm hoping it will pass away with time, as organs have from so many EO churches.  Here's an interesting article on the use of the organ in Syriac churches:

http://returntoorthodoxy.com/instruments-god-man-michael-wingert/
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« Reply #879 on: December 10, 2013, 12:19:34 PM »

Nicely written Mor. In Sweden usually only the keyboard is played (the only other instrument I've ever heard is the flute) and (almost) only when the deaconesses sing. A few weeks ago the guy playing the keyboard was away and the liturgy was awesome.

Nothing beats Syriac chanting without instruments...

Typical: http://youtu.be/5r9_9DR30d0?t=50m22s

Straight from the Mountain: http://youtu.be/33A8oBrNXWc?t=38s
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« Reply #880 on: December 20, 2013, 09:41:29 AM »

The Southwest-American Diocese of the MOSC has just put out mp3 files of English Nativity hymns, without any keyboards or other instruments. Grin
http://ds-wa.org/nativity-service-resources.html
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« Reply #881 on: December 21, 2013, 05:59:30 PM »

The Southwest-American Diocese of the MOSC has just put out mp3 files of English Nativity hymns, without any keyboards or other instruments. Grin
http://ds-wa.org/nativity-service-resources.html

Great chanting, thank you for sharing this. I appreaciate it really much as there are also given the translations; I like a lot Malankara Orthodox chant, but in most cases, I have no clue what these hymns are about, as they're in Malayalam (and google translator does not translate this language) Wink
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« Reply #882 on: December 22, 2013, 02:03:32 PM »

it's Christmas!
time to sing about the burning bush:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T07ORf3Rq_E
(this clip includes a link to the lyrics:
http://tasbeha.org/hymn_library/index.php?a=view&id=2283)

it's lovely how the bush that was not consumed by fire is a symbol of the virgin mary who carried the Lord in her womb.
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« Reply #883 on: December 23, 2013, 06:05:36 PM »

The Southwest-American Diocese of the MOSC has just put out mp3 files of English Nativity hymns, without any keyboards or other instruments. Grin
http://ds-wa.org/nativity-service-resources.html

Thank you sheenj, beautiful hymns!
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« Reply #884 on: December 28, 2013, 03:12:35 PM »

I stumbled upon a recording of one of our fraction prayers by a Coptic priest in Massachusetts, Fr. Mousa El-Gohary.  It's a fraction of contrition to the Son, who confesses to the "Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world" his own wretched, wicked, and evil ways and asks not for His justice against him, but for His never-ending mercy and compassion and healing:

http://tasbeha.org/hymn_library/view/2387

I think Abouna Mousa does a good job capturing the emotional aspect of this in his prayer, and he has a good powerful voice:

https://soundcloud.com/georgemikh/lambofgod

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« Reply #885 on: December 29, 2013, 02:00:34 AM »

I'm going to introduce you to the legendary Fr. Stephanous Rizk, legendary because he stands out as the only priest who was recorded to have prayed the now extinct Coptic liturgy of St. John the Apostle, which can be referenced here from the Ethiopian liturgy pdf on page 64:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0sMVN64GCA3d0oxUVJlaDg2Zmc/edit?usp=sharing

The reason why it's not prayed anymore is due to synodal restrictions, wishing to standardize all liturgies to be done in any of the three allowed, the Basilian, the Gregorian, and the Cyrillian liturgies (probably restricted because of its peculiar way in oscillating back and forth between praying to the Father and praying to the Son, which may cause confusion).  Nevertheless, the Johannine is still chanted in the Ethiopian/Eritrean Orthodox churches.  It's depth of theological language is evident, along with its Trinitarian, Christological, and Soteriological implications with language of deification (as water is mixed with wine, the priest asks the Son to unite His divinity with our humanity, His greatness with our humility):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpf3cxe6g-4

The same priest also has a recording of one of my favorite fractions, the Fraction to the Son from the Cyrillian Liturgy, which is also rich with very evocative language of theosis:

https://soundcloud.com/fady-nassif/a9pmbpb5fqiv

I think it's worthwhile actually quoting the whole fraction for you, as a very important part of Coptic tradition and theology:

O Lamb of God who carried the sins of the world through Thy suffering; with Thy tenderness, erase our sins.
O Only-Begotten Son of God, Who with Thy pain purified the world; with Thy mercy, purify our souls.
O Christ, Who through Thy death conquered death; Raise our souls from death.
O Thou Who accepted the oblations, Who for the sinners, offered Thyself. Accept repentance from us sinners.
For we came forth to Thee without justifications, knocking on the door of Thy kindness. Grant us, O Treasure of mercies, healing with Thy precious remedies.
Heal, Merciful One, our miserable souls by the ointments of Thy life-giving sacraments.
Purify our bodies, cleanse us from our iniquities, make us worthy for the descent of Thine pure Spirit upon our souls.
Enlighten our minds so we can see Thy praise, purify our thoughts and blend us with Thy glory.
Thy love lowered Thyself down to our level and Thy grace raises us to Thine height.
Thy kindness obliged Thee to incarnate in our flesh. Thou revealed Thy mystery to us.
Reveal in the souls of Thy servants the glory of Thine hidden sacraments.
And when this sacrament is raised on Thine altar, sin will vanish from our bodies by Thy grace.
When Thy glory descends on Thy sacrament, our minds are lifted up to see Thy majesty.
On the change of the bread and wine to the Body and Blood, our souls will change to share in Thy glory, and unite with Thy Divinity.
Create in us, O Lord our God, a pure heart, let Thy Spirit dwell inside us.
Renew our senses with Thy power and make us worthy of Thy gift.
From the Cup of Thy Blood, we drink, give us the spiritual taste to enjoy Thy life-giving sacraments.
We come forward to Thee sure of Thy mercy and Thou dwell in us through Thy love.
Fill us with Thy feat and inflame our hearts with the eagerness of Thee.
Pour into us Thy grace and purify our sense by Thy mercy.
Give us sincere tears and cleanse us from the defilement of sin.
Make us sanctified temples for Thy presence and purified vessels to accept Thee.
So that by tasting Thy Flesh, we become worthy of tasting Thy grace; and by drinking Thy Blood, we become worthy of the sweetness of Thy love.
Thou granted us to eat of Thy Flesh openly, make us worthy to unite with Thee secretly.
Thou granted us to drink Thy Blood openly, grant us to blend with Thy purity secretly.
And as Thou art One with Thy Father and Thine Holy Spirit, we become united with Thee, and Thou with us to fulfill Thy saying, “And that we all may be one in us.”
So with that intimacy, we call on God, Thy Father, our Father, and say with loud voices:
Our Father …


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« Reply #886 on: December 29, 2013, 01:37:56 PM »

It's a shame that the fullness of our liturgical tradition is denied to us, that full deacons can't cense, et cetera.  This sort of thing makes absolutely no sense to me.  I hope that in the future the fullness of our tradition is restored to us.
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« Reply #887 on: December 29, 2013, 02:40:36 PM »

I stumbled upon a recording of one of our fraction prayers by a Coptic priest in Massachusetts, Fr. Mousa El-Gohary.  It's a fraction of contrition to the Son, who confesses to the "Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world" his own wretched, wicked, and evil ways and asks not for His justice against him, but for His never-ending mercy and compassion and healing:

http://tasbeha.org/hymn_library/view/2387

I think Abouna Mousa does a good job capturing the emotional aspect of this in his prayer, and he has a good powerful voice:

https://soundcloud.com/georgemikh/lambofgod

Enjoy!

you are right my dear mina, Abouna Mousa communicates the greatness of God's Love so beautifully in the way he prays this  prayer. thank you.
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« Reply #888 on: December 29, 2013, 03:15:15 PM »

It's a shame that the fullness of our liturgical tradition is denied to us, that full deacons can't cense, et cetera.  This sort of thing makes absolutely no sense to me.  I hope that in the future the fullness of our tradition is restored to us.

Some people have advocated that our liturgical tradition seems to be a way that needed an inner consistency.  Some have said that priests should not mix the Basilian and the Gregorian as some priests do at times, because one is prayed to the Father while the other is prayed to the Son, and the Fraction chosen should be done likewise.  That might be the main reason why St. John's liturgy was not synodally approved.  However, I do agree that we should pray those liturgies for the totality of our liturgical tradition.
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« Reply #889 on: December 29, 2013, 04:20:01 PM »

Some people have advocated that our liturgical tradition seems to be a way that needed an inner consistency.  Some have said that priests should not mix the Basilian and the Gregorian as some priests do at times, because one is prayed to the Father while the other is prayed to the Son, and the Fraction chosen should be done likewise.  That might be the main reason why St. John's liturgy was not synodally approved.  However, I do agree that we should pray those liturgies for the totality of our liturgical tradition.

Mina, I understand and agree that mixing the liturgies as you describe should not be done.  That said, nothing would preclude us from praying all of the liturgies and anaphorae in their proper places and at their proper times as our Ethiopian and Eritrean brothers and sisters do.  I defer to the wisdom of our fathers, however.
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« Reply #890 on: February 22, 2014, 01:55:58 AM »

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« Reply #891 on: April 22, 2014, 02:45:37 PM »

Ya kol al sefoof (All You Heavenly Hosts)

All you heavenly orders, Sing to our God with the melody of praise, Rejoice with us today with gladness, In the Resurrection of the Lord Christ.

Today the prophecies are fulfilled, And the sayings of the forefathers are realized, By the Resurrection of the Lord from among the dead, He is the firstfruit of those who have fallen asleep.

The Lord arose as one who sleeps, And as one who is sated with wine, He has granted us the everlasting joy, And freed us from bitter bondage.

He led Hades captive, And crushed its doors of copper, He utterly broke the bars of iron, And for us, exchanged salvation for punishment.

He restored Adam to Paradise, With joy, gladness, and happiness, Him and his sons who were in captivity, To the place of joy once more.

Today the flags of salvation spread, And the bodies and spirits were renewed, And the believers won the clemency for retribution, And glorified God with praises and joy.

Today the daughter of David rejoiced, And the hearts of the righteous Apostles became glad, When the women announced to them the fulfillment of the promise, And what they heard from the pure angels.

That Jesus Christ is risen, "He is not here as you see," So the women went to His honored Disciples and announced to them, The Resurrection of the Creator of all things.

He appeared to His Disciples and gave them joy, With delight, they saw Him transfiguring, In the glory of His divinity and He made them happy, When they saw Him alive

We praise and increase His exaltation, And confess the glory of His Resurrection, We thank Him for His great grace, For His mercy endures forever.


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« Reply #892 on: April 24, 2014, 03:34:32 PM »

Komitas - Groong

http://youtu.be/0CIC55rSdds

From Isabel Bayrakdarian's FB page:

The first sighting of the crane symbolizes the return of spring and rebirth. Unless of course, the crane is coming back to the Armenia of 1915, where on the fateful night of April 24, Armenian leaders, intellectuals, politicians, and musicians were systematically deported en masse by the Ottoman Empire in what was to be the start of the first genocide of the 20th century, in which 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives.

The second verse of this song “Crane, go back, fly far away from this country” has come to symbolize the devastation of Armenia and the suffering of its people caused by the genocide.

99 years... We remember.

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« Reply #893 on: May 25, 2014, 02:21:40 AM »

Psalm 116

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xkf0yFrvyQ
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« Reply #894 on: May 30, 2014, 05:31:58 PM »

So all people are talking about now is the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, otherwise known as Kimye.

I've never been a huge fan (I don't understand reality TV,) and of course Kim and Kanye's wedding was not Armenian Orthodox, but I thought I would post a link to some traditional Armenian wedding folk music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LphsM6nABCw

Many years to the happy couple.  :-)
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« Reply #895 on: May 30, 2014, 06:10:32 PM »

So all people are talking about now is the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, otherwise known as Kimye.

...

Many years to the happy couple.  :-)

Even "many months" would be an improvement.  Tongue
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« Reply #896 on: May 30, 2014, 06:28:06 PM »

So all people are talking about now is the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, otherwise known as Kimye.

I've never been a huge fan (I don't understand reality TV,) and of course Kim and Kanye's wedding was not Armenian Orthodox, but I thought I would post a link to some traditional Armenian wedding folk music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LphsM6nABCw

Many years to the happy couple.  :-)

I love the qanoun
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« Reply #897 on: May 30, 2014, 10:36:15 PM »

So all people are talking about now is the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, otherwise known as Kimye.

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Many years to the happy couple.  :-)

Even "many months" would be an improvement.  Tongue

Yeah, that would be nice.   Cheesy
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« Reply #898 on: May 30, 2014, 10:37:54 PM »

So all people are talking about now is the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, otherwise known as Kimye.

I've never been a huge fan (I don't understand reality TV,) and of course Kim and Kanye's wedding was not Armenian Orthodox, but I thought I would post a link to some traditional Armenian wedding folk music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LphsM6nABCw

Many years to the happy couple.  :-)

I love the qanoun

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« Reply #899 on: June 04, 2014, 12:14:07 PM »

Syriac hymns from shimo (liturgy of hours during ordinary days)

From Monday Sapro (morning prayers)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UIyZlFfa8M

From Monday Sootoro (bedtime prayers)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK19Q_DYym8

From Tuesday Third hour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c604MG996q8
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