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Your translations are great, Hiwot!  Thank you for all you are doing.  :)
 

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She certainly brightens my day up  :)!
 

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Selam Salpy,Voulnutt, thank you both for being so kind :)
 

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Selam Hiwot! I am loving your translations of the Tewahedo mezmur. Thank you so much for them! The Ethiopian Orthodox mezmur is very special to me, but I do not know the language so it is good to finally learn a little. :)

If it is not too much trouble, could I ask for a translation of this mezmur by Mirtinesh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg4zbiXkdF4

It has been a favorite of mine for a long time now. Somewhere in the comments for the video it says that the text is based on the book of Ruth, but it would be so wonderful to know the actual words. Ameseginalehu.
 

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Christ is Risen!
Selam everyone :)

Dear dzheremi selam, it is truly the least I can do, but thank you for your kind words; keep me in your prayers.This mezmur is indeed based on the book of Ruth, and from the story, it draws parallels with the historical and present situation in Ethiopia (Naomi the faithful one) and the suffering of the people and their hope for deliverance by God. Their prayer for righteous leadership like David (a leader after God’s own heart)  was born from the line of Boaz( to indicate ,from the line of Christians ).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg4zbiXkdF4

Introduction is a paraphrase of Ruth 1:1-2 Bebetelehem rehab behonebet zemen arat nefsat wede moabawiyan mender tesededu yesetitum sim nuhamin neber./When there was  famine in the land of Bethlehem four souls sojourned to the land of the Moabites ,the name of the woman was Naomi.


Nuhamin deguwa set zares min honeshal/ Good woman Naomi, what troubles you today?
Dessta  kanchi  reqo  hazen  tsentobishal/ for joy has left you and sorrow has engulfed you
Bemoab  kagegnesh  zeyet  ena  sinde/ if you found oil and wheat in the land of Moab
Ebakish  anchi  set  atitsnagnim  ende/ please woman why aren’t you comforted?

Sidetegna negne lageru engeda/ I am a sojourner in a foreign land
Lemoab sewoch  yehonekugne bada/ a stranger to the people of Moab
Enbaye yefesal bayenoche moleto/ my eyes over flow with tears
Besew hager laye wedajun ato/ for the loss of my kinsmen in a foreign land

Ketagesut hulum yalefal/2// with patience all shall pass
Gin eskiyalef yalefal/ though great is the toil until it does

Ayezosh enatachin ejig atikefi/ be consoled our mother do not despair
Yihen yechinqun qen betsenat elefi/ pass this day of suffering with perseverance
Dineget endezebet tarik yilewetal/ history changes sudden and fickle
Yemayetewish neguss liredash yimetal/ and your faithful King will come to your aide.

Ebakachihu tewugne Ruth ena orpah/ please turn back Ruth and Orpah
Edilebis honeku nuroyem kefa/ for misfortune plagues me and my life is a misery
Lijochem raqugne mot wesedachew/ my children are far from me taken away by death
Nafeqewalena wede abatachew/  As they have longed for the countenance of their Father.

Ketagesut hulum yalefal/2/ with patience all shall pass
Gin eskiyalef yalefal/ though great is the toil until it does

Nuhamin Ethiopia talaqitua midir/Naomi Ethiopia O land of greatness
Silemin temolash huket ena shibir/ why are you filled with chaos and strife
Yemekera meret honesh akeldama/  a land of suffering , a field of blood
Eskemeche dires endezih emama/ O Momma, how long will you be this way!?

Merarawin weyen asegonchitognal/  He has made me drink the bitter wine
Mengeden hulu beshoh atirobignal/ He has blocked my ways with thorns
Fiqir ena selam requwal kebete/Love and peace have deserted my home
Yasecheneqegnal bichegnenete/ desolation torment me.

Ketagesut hulum yalefal/2/with patience all shall pass
Gin eskiyalef yalefal/ though great is the toil until it does

Begizew yihonall ersu yefeqedew/ all will be in good time according to His will
Besimu lemiyamenu neger lebego new/ to those who believe in His Name, all things work together for good
Yeahizabin selif keqitrish yagedal/ He will guard your gates from the army of the heathen
Beboaz azmera Dawit yiweledal/ from the lot of Boaz David will be born.

Yaregelegne be eweneet litsenana be’ersu/ let it be done to me, may He comfort me thus
Liben yabertaw qidus menfesu/ let His Holy Spirit strengthen my heart
Beselam yider miskin wegene/ and my lowly countrymen May they dwell in peace
Yageren tifat aleyew beayene/ may my eyes never see the destruction of my country!

Ketagesut hulum yalefal/2/ with patience all shall pass
Gin eskiyalef yalefal/ though great is the toil until it does

........//.......

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages amen!

blessed day  :)
 

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Wow...that is so beautiful. Amazing. Thank you, thank you, Hiwot. Egziabher yibarkih.
 

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Amen! antenim Egziabher yibarekih/God bless you too!
 

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Christ is Risen!

Selam everyone  :)
It’s the eve of the feast of the Transfiguration in the Ethiopian Calendar, for those that share a similar calendar, I wish a blessed feast of Transfiguration! and I wanted to share a bit of the tradition one would see in Ethiopia on this day along what is more of a traditional way of celebratory song . I have tried to paraphrase some of the information I got from the book ‘the History of the Ethiopian Church’ by By the His Grace the late Archbishop of Showa Abune Gorgoriyos (M.A) of Eternal Memory.
This is the day our Lord reveled the Light of His Divinity and the Glory of His Majesty. This feast day is celebrated every August 13 E.C. this feast day also has another name among the faithful: it is called ‘Buhe’.  The name Buhe (uncovered, bared, bold) might have come from the fact that this is a time when the gloominess of the winter starts to give way to the light of the spring. As the Ethiopian  saying goes ‘ after buhe there is no winter, and after the rooster crows there is no more night’. However in Palestine this time of the year is a time of summer where hardly any clouds are seen. In our country the children before the approach of this feast day start to weave ropes into whips and crack those making loud thunderous sounds usually in unexpected moments which can be scary to unsuspecting people. They do this to symbolize how like thunder the voice of God is and how the three apostles were terrified and fell on the ground. The mothers in preparation for this feast day’s traditional meal (the traditional Ethiopian wheat bread) they take special care in preparing the wheat for the bread. On the eve of the feast day (August 12) the neighborhood children will go from house to house singing ‘buhe, buhe,’ and with different traditional creative lyrics they will sing about the day. The household they went to the mothers will give them the bread prepared for that purpose and the children will sing the thanks giving and blessing part of the traditional songs and will go to the next house. On the eve night most neighborhoods light campfires to remember the Light of Tabor.
This feast is very special to the traditional Students of the Church, they go around villages collecting what they need for the preparation of the feast and since the villagers know the tradition they give them in abundance. The students then will prepare a feast from what they have gathered and serve it after the Divine Liturgy for the faithful who came to attend the Liturgy. And within the church this is the day where we get to pick our drums and cymbals we have put away for the fast and celebrate with joy then we will put them away again after this day until the feast of the Assumption of the Most Pure Theotokos. Well this might perhaps help a little bit to understand what one is seeing if ever one finds oneself in Ethiopia on this day  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd3ol0PJNDU&feature=related


O come o come our God on a Pillar of Clouds  /  amlakachin na na beameede demena
O come o come Immanuel for You are The Light!/   Ammanuel  na na birehan nehena
Blessed land of Tabor and Hermon / tabor harmonem yetadelech mekan
On it is revealed the Divine Light/ yetegeletebat yemelekot birehan

From within the clouds the Father testified/  Abim mesekere bedemena sale
Saying this is My Beloved Son/  yemiwedew lije yihe new iyale
He said hear Him to the whole world./   ersun simut bilo le alem tenagere

Mosses from those who knew death and Elijah from those that did not/  kemotut muse eliyas ke heyawan
They stood on his sides and gave witness/  qomew mesekeru beqegn begiraw
For Peter John and James /  petros,yohanis, yakob hulachew
God revealed His Glorious Majesty/ amlak getinetun geleto yasayachew
Blessed are their eyes that saw Him/ yekeberu nachew yayut ayenochachew

Blessed land of Tabor and Hermon / tabor harmonem yetadelech mekan
On it is revealed the Divine Light/ yetegeletebat yemelekot birehan
O come o come our God on a Pillar of Clouds  /  amlakachin na na beameede demena
O come o come Immanuel for You are The Light!/   Ammanuel  na na birehan nehena


And I too desire as Peter did/  enem emegnalehu yepetrosin mignot
To live with Him in His heavenly dwelling/ abero lemenor besemayu bet
And  desire to be fed the milk of His Word./ degemom lememegeb yeqalun wetet

The blessing part…

Year after year – may it be renewed/ amet awedamet- degemina amet
Grace and blessing—year after year -may it be renewed/  tsega bereket-- amet degemina amet
Truly He has given us - year after year – may it be renewed/  setonal be ewenet- amet degemina amet
With the Ray of His Light—year after year- may it be renewed/ beberehanu tsedal - amet degemina amet
He has illumined our lives – year after year- may it be renewed/ hiwotachin bera - amet degemina amet
For all time in History—year after year – may it be renewed/ hulum bezemenu tarik iyesera- amet degemina- amet
His Church will remember—year after year- may it be renewed/ bebetechristian yinoral sizeker- amet degemina amet
The wonder our Lord –year after year- may it be renewed/  dinq yetederegew yegetachin sira - amet degemina amet
Revealed on Mt Tabor—year after year- may it be renewed/  be tabor terara- amet degemina amet
May He grant us see this day next year—year after year—may it be renewed/  le ametu yaderesen -amet degemina amet
May He keep us well—year after year—may it be renewed/ hulachin bedehena- amet degemina amet
May our Lord grant us to meet in peace—year after year—may it be renewed/ selam yagenagnen-amet degemina amet
May He grant us health—year after year—may it be renewed./ getachin betena - amet degemina amet


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages amen!

Blessed day :)









 

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Christ is risen!
Selam:)
Come dear friends! Let us sing the Glory of Zion the City of Our Lord!

Reading From the daily prayer book "Behold the praise of Our Lady Mary Virgin Mother of God read on Monday !/ wudaseha le egzietine maryam dingil weladite amlak  zeyitenebeb be’elete  senuy!"

The Lord willed to return Adam who was downcast and sad to his earlier dwelling. O Pure One intercede for us!/ feqede egzie yageezo le adam hizune wetikuze lib  weyagebewo habe zetikat menberu. Seali lene Qidist.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL9z8TlqZ30&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlVLA1YKPaA

( two videos of the same mezmur)

Hold the lyre and the harp, bring abundant praise and shout with joy/  mesenqon begenan yazu , eliletan wudasen abezu
Let the heavens and the earth hear it, as you bring your praise to Mary!/ semayat midrim yademitu lemaryam missganan ametu!
It’s a glorious Hymn of the mystery, of the grace given to men/ etsub new   qinew yesew lijoch tsega
 to those who praise him, the choir of his singers./   amesegaagnochu ye zemegnoch menga
Awakening the Harp the heart of God called on her being captive of her Glory./libe amlak terat begenan ansito lekibruwa tereto!

Hold the lyre and the harp, bring abundant praise and shout with joy/  mesenqon begenan yazu , eliletan wudasen abezu
Let the heavens and the earth hear it, as you bring your praise to Mary!/ semayat midrim yademitu lemaryam missganan ametu!

Pouring forth praise with the sweetest tune, / betium lissan beminqoreqorew
with the melody of the heavens we inherited from the fathers/ besemayu silt ke abew beweresenew
We enter her dwelling place and prostrate ourselves saying peace be upon you/ selam leki ej enenesalen kemeqedesuwa gebeten
Hold the lyre and the harp, bring abundant praise and shout with joy/  mesenqon begenan yazu , eliletan wudasen abezu
Let the heavens and the earth hear it, as you bring your praise to Mary!/ semayat midrim yademitu lemaryam missganan ametu!



We grew up within her tent, in a land entrusted to Her,/ be asrat hageruwa be dinkuwanua adegenal
what have we lacked while taking refuge in  her,/ kersuwa gar noren min godelobin yaweqal?
however much we sing  and cry out  with joy, we won’t get satisfied No  not even for a moment!/ yetun binezemir anerekaam lafeta binawered eleleta

Hold the lyre and the harp, bring abundant praise and shout with joy/  mesenqon begenan yazu , eliletan wudasen abezu
Let the heavens and the earth hear it, as you bring your praise to Mary!/ semayat midrim yademitu lemaryam missganan ametu!



While we are in the land of our inheritance and not in a foreign land / be baed ayedelem be erstachin laye nen
Take the hanging lyre down,/ mesenqon aweredu yeteseqelewin
And in the land of our exile in a foreign land  she precedes our tears and fills us with hymn. Be engidenet bet enbachinin qedema molachin bezema

Hold the lyre and the harp, bring abundant praise and shout with joy/  mesenqon begenan yazu , eliletan wudasen abezu
Let the heavens and the earth hear it, as you bring your praise to Mary!/ semayat midrim yademitu lemaryam missganan ametu!


..........//............

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages Amen!

Blessed Feast of the Dormition/Assumption :)
Selam:)
 

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Selam everyone:)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSFySVfV1pQ&feature=related


In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit One God Amen! /  Besime  Ab weWeled Wemenfes Qidus  Ahadu Amlak Amen!

Give Thanks to the Lord of Lords Hallelujah/ Gineyu le Egzi Agaezet Hallelujah
For His mercy endures forever./ Esme le alem miheretu
(Prayer of the hours ‘seatat’ of Abba Giyorgis the Gassicha)



Hallelujah /3x/ Praise in Heaven and Earth /  Hallelujah /3x/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God the Creator of Man/ sewin lefetere le Egziabher
Praise in Heaven and Earth/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God who loves us / egnan lewedede le Egziabher

Look and see this incomparable love/  yihin liyu Fiqir eyu temeleketu
For the Heavenly Father calls us His Children/  lijoche yilenal yesemay abatu
He loved us freely even giving His only son to us/  wedonal  benetsa  And lijun seto
So let us open our mouth and praise the Father./ Abin enamesegen afachin tekefeto

Hallelujah /3x/ Praise in Heaven and Earth /  Hallelujah /3x/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God the Creator of Man/ sewin lefetere le Egziabher
Praise in Heaven and Earth/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God who loves us / egnan lewedede le Egziabher

Revealed in flesh we saw Him and we touched Him/  besiga tegeleto ayenew dassesenew
Even unto the Cross He obeyed with love./  eske  meseqel dires be fiqir yetazezew
We have seen the Son, and we believe in His Name/ Weldin ayetenewal aminenal besimu
And on us is the Seal of His Blood./ ale belayachin Deme mahitemu

Hallelujah /3x/ Praise in Heaven and Earth /  Hallelujah /3x/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God the Creator of Man/ sewin lefetere le Egziabher
Praise in Heaven and Earth/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God who loves us / egnan lewedede le Egziabher

When rage against us was unleashed from the assembly of kings /  benegestat mender binesabin quta
To speak on our behalf the Holy Spirit came/ sile egna linager Menfes Qidus meta
With fire He anointed The Church/ BeteChristianin  beEsat akebere
So we are afraid no more! And our weakness is gone!/ endanefera  honin  dikamachin qere !

Hallelujah /3x/ Praise in Heaven and Earth /  Hallelujah /3x/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God the Creator of Man/ sewin lefetere le Egziabher
Praise in Heaven and Earth/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God who loves us / egnan lewedede le Egziabher

In Trinity and Oneness our protector Lives / Andim Sostim hono ale sitebiqen
He does not will that we perish eternally / lezelalem tifat ayefeqidim liseten
The abundance of His Love, and what He for our sakes has endured/  legna yalefewin yefiqirun bizat
Beholding this we grew up with no fear of death/ iyayen adegenal sanifera  mot

Hallelujah /3x/ Praise in Heaven and Earth /  Hallelujah /3x/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God the Creator of Man/ sewin lefetere le Egziabher
Praise in Heaven and Earth/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God who loves us / egnan lewedede le Egziabher


Though the infinite Glory of His Kingdom is beyond contemplation/  Girmawi  Mengistu mituq bitehonim
His Praise and Hymn of adoration will not cease from our mouth/  misganana qi’ne  keafachin ayegodelim
He is without blemish and faithful He remains/ taminuwal befitachin enken sayenoribet
Let us shout with joy to God our helper./ leredan Egziabher  elel  enbelilet

Hallelujah /3x/ Praise in Heaven and Earth /  Hallelujah /3x/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God the Creator of Man/ sewin lefetere le Egziabher
Praise in Heaven and Earth/ Misgana besemay bemidr
Be to God who loves us / egnan lewedede le Egziabher

.............//................

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages Amen!

Blessed Day :)
 

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Christ is Risen!
Selam everyone :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEQkIe6yPpU&feature=related


Gabriel from heaven and Elisabeth from earth /2x/ / Gebriel  besemay Elsabeth bemidr/2x/
Give witness to your glory O Virgin/2x/ / yimesekeralu dingil yanchin kibr/2x/

Bearing glorious news when he told you that you shall conceive/ tistenisee silish bekebere zena
You said let it be done to me so generations shall be comforted/ yihuniligne aleshiw tiwelid enditsinana
And all the angels hearing it from Gabriel/ ke Gebriel semtew melaektu hulu
They give glory to the tabernacle of the lamb / lebegu maderiya kibrin yisetalu
Bowing down we also cry out Blessed!/ Bits’et enilalen  egnam adegedegen
Following the example of the lord of Rama (heaven of angels)/ ye Ramawin leul abenet adregen

Gabriel from heaven and Elisabeth from earth /2x// Gebriel  besemay Elsabeth bemidr/2x/
Give witness to your glory O Virgin/2x// yimesekeralu dingil yanchin kibr/2x/

Your root is on earth and your vine in heaven/ sirish bemidir new haregish besemay
You are the purest golden pot filled with our sustenance/ nitsuh mesobewerq yetmolash sisay
We ate and drank the fruit of your womb/ yemahitsenish firen belanew tetanew
Hearing of it in Ephrata and finding it in the fields of the wood/ be Ephrata semten bedur agignetenew
We have ate the hidden manna/ yetesewerewin menna beltenewal
And along with the elect we cry out blessed!/ ketemeretut gar Bits’et belenal!

Gabriel from heaven and Elisabeth from earth /2x// Gebriel  besemay Elsabeth bemidr/2x/
Give witness to your glory O Virgin/2x/// yimesekeralu dingil yanchin kibr/2x/



The one that made the babe in womb to jump for joy in defiance of nature/ ketefetro belayi tsinsin yazelele
In you is established the Pillar of Fire/ ye essat miseso banchi tetekele
O city of God house of our food/ ye Egziabher hageru  ye enjera betachin
How wondrous is your glory our mother/ minigna dinq new kibrish enatachin
Bowing down we also cry out blessed!/ Bits’et enelalen egnam adegdegen
Following the example of St. Elisabeth/ Qidist Elisabethin abenet aderegen

Gabriel from heaven and Elisabeth from earth /2x/ Gebriel  besemay Elsabeth bemidr/2x/
Give witness to your glory O Virgin/2x/// yimesekeralu dingil yanchin kibr/2x/


Seeing him asleep born in a manger/ teweldo begirgim tegneto silayut
Men and Angels together glorified him/ sew ena melakit aberew akeberut
The wall of separation is broken down by your Son/ yetilu gidgida belijish ferese
With the new Eve the race of Adam got recompensed/ be dagemit hewan yadam lij tekasse
With humility we prostrate ourselves / ij enenesalen honen be tihitina
For testifying of your glory is our glory!/ kibrishin memesker kibrachin newina!

Gabriel from heaven and Elisabeth from earth /2x/ Gebriel  besemay Elsabeth bemidr/2x/
Give witness to your glory O Virgin/2x/// yimesekeralu dingil yanchin kibr/2x/


Seeing him asleep born in a manger / teweldo begergim tegneto silayut
Men and angels together glorified him/ sew ena melakit abrew akeberut
The wall of separation is broken by your Son/ yetilu gidgida be lijish feresse
With the new Eve the race of Adam got recompensed/ bedagimit hewan ye adam lij tekasse
Bowing down we also cry out Blessed!/ Bits’et enelalen egnam adegedegen!
Following the example of St. Gabriel / Qidus Gabrielin abinet aderegen!

Gabriel from heaven and Elisabeth from earth /2x/ Gebriel  besemay Elsabeth bemidr/2x/
Give witness to your glory O Virgin/2x// yimesekeralu dingil yanchin kibr/2x/


Glory be to the Father to the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages Amen!

Blessed day  :)

 

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Selam everyone :)


Mezmur Ze Tewahedo by Zemarit Mirtnesh Tilahun

Title : endemin chalshiw?/ How did you contain Him?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STscBUQt7Lo&feature=related


How did you contain that Fire?! /Endemin  chaleshiw yanin essat
How did you contain that Divinity?!/ Endemin chaleshiw yanin melekot
Whom the heavens and earth cannot contain/ Semayna midir mayechiletun
We saw him conceived in your womb!/ Tetsenso ayenew banchi mahetsen...........repeat the last two lines

Fire is his garment and He is girded with fire and lightening/  Qemisu esat kidanu esat new mebreq
His eyes shine like flames of fire and His voice is like many waters/ ayenu miyabera dimtsu ende awelo minetiq
You are the censor holding the true burning coal/ ewenetegna fim yetemolabish maetent
You are the mother that gave birth to the fire that destroyed the abyss./  le siol gibaet esat yeweledesh enat

How did you contain that Fire?! /Endemin  chaleshiw yanin essat
How did you contain that Divinity?!/ Endemin chaleshiw yanin melekot
Whom the heavens and earth cannot contain/ Semayna midir mayechiletun
We saw him conceived in your womb!/ Tetsenso ayenew banchi mahetsen........repeat the last two lines

The seven curtains of the fire of His Glory/  sebatu  ye esat megarejawoch yekibru
The four living creatures that hold His Throne/ Aratu ensisat yemishekemut menberu
In your womb was it on the right? In Your womb was it on the left?/ behodish beqegne, weyes behodish begira?
Where was it established O Bride of the King!?/ yet tetekele anchi yenegus mushira!?

How did you contain that Fire?! /Endemin  chaleshiw yanin essat
How did you contain that Divinity?!/ Endemin chaleshiw yanin melekot
Whom the heavens and earth cannot contain/ Semayna midir mayechiletun
We saw him conceived in your womb!/ Tetsenso ayenew banchi mahetsen......repeat the last two lines

Virginity unalterable by motherhood/ beEnatinet  yemayiferis dingilina
High honor uncoverable by servitude / beGeredinet yemayeshefen li’elina
It is beyond contemplation O Virgin/ kehilina belay yanchis liyu new dingil
The depth of your mystery / mistrish telquwal tilq endelelew gedel

How did you contain that Fire?! /Endemin  chaleshiw yanin essat
How did you contain that Divinity?!/ Endemin chaleshiw yanin melekot
Whom the heavens and earth cannot contain/ Semayna midir mayechiletun
We saw him conceived in your womb!/ Tetsenso ayenew banchi mahetsen........repeat the last two lines

The sign of Horeb the hope and longing of mosses / yeKoreb kistet yemusse tesefa nafeqot
The burning bush unburnt by the fire/ lemlemuwa tekil yalaqatelat esat
The fire is your Son and you are the unburnt bush/ esatu lijish qitelu anchi nesh Maryam
From the mountain (the church) shine today for the world./Zarem dimeqi beteraraw layi leAlem.

How did you contain that Fire?! /Endemin  chaleshiw yanin essat
How did you contain that Divinity?!/ Endemin chaleshiw yanin melekot
Whom the heavens and earth cannot contain/ Semayna midir mayechiletun
We saw him conceived in your womb!/ Tetsenso ayenew banchi mahetsen........repeat the last two lines


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Glory  be to the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages Amen!



 

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Another mezmur by mirthnesh

Title : where is the dwelling place of Wisdom?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkCu3lg-w_I&NR=1

Prayer: Lord Truly You are the source of Wisdom , in Your greatness You have made everything beautiful in its time! / getaye hoy be ewenet yetibeb hageruwa ante neh negerin hulu begizew wub aderegeh sertehewalina talaq neh!

O my Lord ! O my God! Who dwells in the Heavens ./ getaye hoye amelake hoy besemay yalehew/2x/
In Your creation I see You and the Splendor of Your Beauty./ ayehalehu befitretih getegna honeh/2x/

What is the depth You have prepared for the ocean and what is its limit?/ yazegajehelet yewuqiyanos tilequ yet yihon metenu?
What is the measurement of the heavens their depth and their width?/ yesemay darecha tileqtu sifatu min yihon metenu?
No one can tell the works of your hand even with thousand tongues!/ sheih quwanquwa  biweled tenegero tenegero ayaleq yante sira!
With Your thoughts of Wisdom You did not need a helper or counselor friend./  silasebkew tibeb eredat atisham mekar balienjera /2x/

O my Lord ! O my God! Who dwells in the Heavens ./ getaye hoye amelake hoy besemay yalehew/2x/
In Your creation I see You and the Splendor of Your Beauty./ ayehalehu befitretih getegna honeh/2x/


all that You have created by speaking in silence, obeys Your laws of creation./ dimtsih sayisema befeterekew sira fitret yitazezal
And to the One Lord, to the One King, all serve with Love./ hulum land geta hulu land nigus befiqir yigezal
The birds singing in one accord with the psalmists/ Aewafe mezmur kezemegnoch gara und wegen honewal
They have revealed to us the wonder of Your Wisdom and Holiness. / dinq tibebihin qidusenetihin legna asayitewal/2x/

O my Lord ! O my God! Who dwells in the Heavens ./ getaye hoye amelake hoy besemay yalehew/2x/
In Your creation I see You and the Splendor of Your Beauty./ ayehalehu befitretih getegna honeh/2x/


You have made the firmament of water and its walls of fire. / wuhawinim tefer gidgidawin esat adrigeh sertehal
You hold the four winds sealed  at the four corners of the earth. / aratun nefasat be maezen alem weseneh zegetehal
When You command them the clouds ascend from the end of the earth./  bemitazew gize yiwetal demena kemidir darecha
Within Your palms you hold the lot of a man which unlocks the mystery of his life./ be ejih chebitehal yesewin lij eidil yehiwotun meficha /2x/
O my Lord ! O my God! Who dwells in the Heavens ./ getaye hoye amelake hoy besemay yalehew/2x/
In Your creation I see You and the Splendor of Your Beauty./ ayehalehu befitretih getegna honeh/2x/


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Glory be to the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages amen!
 

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Selam :)
Here is another mezmur by Mirtnesh

Title Selam libelish / let me say hail!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=562c8BTIKzk&feature=related

With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of Gabriel/ be Gabriel selamta
With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of John/ be Yohanis selamta
Let me say Hail /2x/to your purity  / selam libelish/2x/ le Qidisenash
Hail! to your beauty / 2x/ to your humility/selam lemelkish/2x/ le tihitinash

With the victorious and the vigilant/ ke dil neshiwoch bota ke tiguhanu bota
You are their legacy O Virgin among mankind/2x/ r’est  nesh dingil besew lijoch mehal/2x/

Beyond compare is your beauty , the purity of your soul/ liyu new dem gibatish yenefesish nitsehena
From the heavens the Father saw you adorned with humility/ Ab ayesh kesemay agitesh betihitina
With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of Gabriel/ be Gabriel selamta
With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of John/ be Yohanis selamta
Let me say Hail /2x/to your purity  / selam libelish/2x/ le Qidisenash
Hail to your beauty / 2x/ to your humility/selam lemelkish/2x/ le tihitinash

O Intercessor who gave birth to the Sun/ amalajitu hoy yeweledeshiw tsehay
The virgins love you and call you ‘our boast’/2x/./ denagil yiwedushal memekiyachin yilushal/2x/

Beyond compare is your beauty , the purity of your soul/ liyu new dem gibatish yenefesish nitsehena
From the heavens the Father saw you adorned with humility/ Ab ayesh kesemay agitesh betihitina
With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of Gabriel/ be Gabriel selamta
With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of John/ be Yohanis selamta
Let me say Hail /2x/to your purity  / selam libelish/2x/ le Qidisenash
Hail to your beauty / 2x/ to your humility/selam lemelkish/2x/ le tihitinash



With a mystery that is limitless and beyond contemplation/ memeten memermer yelelebet mistir
When the Divine became Man you became His Mother/2x/ sew sihon melekot enatu honeshelet/2x/

Beyond compare is your beauty , the purity of your soul/ liyu new dem gibatish yenefesish nitsehena
From the heavens the Father saw you adorned with humility/ Ab ayesh kesemay agitesh betihitina
With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of Gabriel/ be Gabriel selamta
With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of John/ be Yohanis selamta
Let me say Hail /2x/to your purity  / selam libelish/2x/ le Qidisenash
Hail to your beauty / 2x/ to your humility/selam lemelkish/2x/  le tihitinash

The pure field of Ephrata where we found the Savior/ Ephrata nitsuh ersha yedihenet medaresha
Adorned with apparel interwoven with gold you sit at His right hand./2x/  werq new qemisesh beqegnu teqemitesh/2x/

Beyond compare is your beauty , the purity of your soul/ liyu new dem gibatish yenefesish nitsehena
From the heavens the Father saw you adorned with humility/ Ab ayesh kesemay agitesh betihitina
With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of Gabriel/ be Gabriel selamta
With the salutation of Elisabeth/ be Elisabeth selamta
With the salutation of John/ be Yohanis selamta
Let me say Hail /2x/to your purity  / selam libelish/2x/ le Qidisenash
Hail to your beauty / 2x/ to your humility/ selam lemelkish/2x/ le tihitinash

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Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages Amen!

Thats it for today, God willing may we meet in peace, blessed day  :)
 

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Doxologies: St Severus (Patriarch of Antioch)

The confirmed leaders, the great defenders, the winners of the fight, the bright lamps.

+ The pillar of Orthodoxy, is Abba Severus the patriarch, the teacher of the rational, flock of Christ.

Your upright teaching, defeated the heretics, like the two edged sword, through the power of Christ.

+ Likewise we magnify You, with David the psalmist, You are the priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.

Every knee bows to the Lord, every tongue blesses Him, the glory of God has spread, and filled the whole world.

+ Pray to the Lord on our behalf, O teachers of the Orthodoxy, Severus and Dioscorus, that He may forgive us our sins.

Source: http://tasbeha.org/hymn_library/view/1902
 
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A modern Arabic rendition of the Sunday Vigil service hymn known as, 'The Psali for Jesus Christ': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUhKdg90NJo&

The on-screen translation is rather poor. A better translation of the hymn can be read here: http://tasbeha.org/hymn_library/view/1246
 

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Selam lekulekemu :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aSa1GfE13c&feature=related


Be qidusu terara kersu gar nen  /  on the Holy Mountain we are with Him
Letebezen lebegu iyezemern/  singing for our Redeemer the Lamb
Min liyaqomew yihinin wub misgana/  what can stop this beautiful praise
Yemayishar yenigus qal newina/  for it is unbreakable word of the King

Karyam  yefeleqew zema/  melody that springs from the heaven of angels
’ kesemay kebegu ketema./  from Heaven the City of the Lamb
Atebat  alemin bemulu/  engulfed the whole world
lijochu hale luya silu /when His children cry out hallelujah

Be qidusu terara kersu gar nen  /  on the Holy Mountain we are with Him
Letebezen lebegu iyezemern/  singing for our Redeemer the Lamb
Min liyaqomew yihinin wub misgana/  what can stop this beautiful praise
Yemayishar yenigus qal newina/  for it is unbreakable word of the King

Seyefina  biret  yemayechilew/  undefeatable by the sword or the gun
Senselet  ginb  yemayaqomew/  unstoppable by chains or walls
Yamliko maebel newina /  because it is the flood of His worship
Ayeqomim yegeta misgana/  the praise of the Lord is unceasing

Be qidusu terara kersu gar nen  /  on the Holy Mountain we are with Him
Letebezen lebegu iyezemern/  singing for our Redeemer the Lamb
Min liyaqomew yihinin wub misgana/  what can stop this beautiful praise
Yemayishar yenigus qal newina/  for it is unbreakable word of the King



Teseberew yamoab mederekoch/  the courts of Moab became destroyed
Rist honu lenegus selefegnoch/  and given inheritance to the army of The King
Admasun midrin yeshefenew/  we covered the whole world and the horizon
Beqine bezimareyachin new/  by the hymn of our praise

Be qidusu terara kersu gar nen  /  on the Holy Mountain we are with Him
Letebezen lebegu iyezemern/  singing for our Redeemer the Lamb
Min liyaqomew yihinin wub misgana/  what can stop this beautiful praise
Yemayishar yenigus qal newina/  for it is unbreakable word of the King

Yaqoyen ye iyerusalem /  He helped us to remain in Jerusalem
alebeson hayelin kearyam/  filling us with Power from above
Wetenal simun teshekemen /  we have ventured out bearing His Name
Torina qestu layaqomen/  will not be stopped by the lance and the arrow

Be qidusu terara kersu gar nen  /  on the Holy Mountain we are with Him
Letebezen lebegu iyezemern/  singing for our Redeemer the Lamb
Min liyaqomew yihinin wub misgana/  what can stop this beautiful praise
Yemayishar yenigus qal newina/  for it is unbreakable word of the King

the reading 'For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased .And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.' 2 peter 1:17-18

ending prayer 'We thank You O Lord because through Your Son You made us your Children .To You  be all Glory, and Praise, Worship and Adoration from earth unto the heavens both now and ever and unto the ages of ages amen.'
 
selam  :)
 

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selam lekulekemu  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQs7GovUcqw&feature=autoplay&list=ULKTIKiLWJUts&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=12


Have you ever sung and danced from a roof top or hanging from a fence or a tree? I mean the spiritual kind of song ;); you might like to see some do it. ;D It might remind you of what  Zacchaeus did to  see Christ among the crowd of people, it does that to me. well there is somekind of  order to the chaos you see :-\  ;D and I always loved the crowd’s unrehearsed spontaneous selection of hymns and coordination on these processions. Because of the editing they switch the hymns quickly with each I cannot translate it all, but the feast is that of epiphany the day before, the feast of canna, and St. Michael on this day that you see. As you can see they attempt to sing about all those feasts. The ark on this procession is that of St. Michael. You might see the icon of St Michael as it is raised high the youth chanting ‘ersu new Michael! Ersu new Michael!’/ ‘it is him St. Michael! it is him St. Michael!’ they also chant,’ look at him shining like the sun ‘ / eyut siyabera ende jember’ they switch and start to sing egziabher yimesegen lezih yaderesen’ Thanks be to God for letting us see this day’ then it switches again and they say ‘ anchi yordanos minigna tadelesh ye egziabher menfes kelay werdobish yealem medihanit tetemeqebish/ and you Jordan how lucky you are for the Spirit of God descended from heaven and the Savior of the world got baptized in you!.’ At some point they say, be ede yohanis tetemqe Iyesus nazrawi semayawi be ede midrawi/ by the hand of John, Jesus the Nazarene got baptized lo the heavenly by the hand of the earthly/ there is a lot of halleluiahs going on … well  that was just a snapshot of what goes on during this feast. Hope you enjoyed it somehow  ;D

selam to u all
 

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Biruk awede amet! Melkam addis amet! Enqutatash! Enkuan le Qidus Yohannis beal beselam aderessachihu!  Happy New Year! ;D

As part of the celebration of the New Year, this time being spring time in Ethiopia young girls and children go around form house to house bringing flowers and singing. Little boys draw New Year well-wishing paintings, and go around giving it to people. On the eve of the New Year, the celebratory torches are lit campfires made and people sing around them in thanksgiving for the ending of the winter and the coming of the spring and the New Year. I thought I would share one of the songs of the young girls with you; the tune is traditional so it’s a public melody,  I used to enjoy hearing the high pitched voice of the girls singing here and there as I passed through neighborhoods.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyZDfGOS2b8&feature=related

Esey des des yibelen/2x/  addisu amet metalin des des yibelen/2x/ yea let us be joyful and rejoice, for the new year has come for us let us rejoice
Ho beln metan ho bilen /2x/ getoch alu bilen/ together we come rejoicing and trusting we will meet the lord of this house
Ho belen metan ho bilen/2x/ emete alu bilen/  together we come rejoicing and trusting we will meet the lady of this house
Ho bilen metan ho bilen/2x/ zemen metual bilen/, together we come rejoicing because the New Year is here
Abebayehosh/2x/- lemlem/2x/ / we have seen the flowers/  fresh and green
Balenjeroche- lemlem gibu betera-lemlem / enter my dear friends one by one
ke egziabher meqedes-lemlem / in to the Temple of God
keza terara- lemlem/ on to that Mountain
enditadenqu-lemlem / so you may marvel
yamlakin sira-lemlem / at what God has done
hiwot yagegnal-lemlem/ for  Life is given
ersun yetera- lemlem/ to  those who call His Name
abeba abeba feka zemen siteka/2x/ the flower!  the flower has bloomed when the new year arrived
abebayehosh-lemlem/2x/ / we have seen the flower –fresh and green
kiremt alefe- lemlem/ the winter has passed
chelemaw tefa- lemlem/ the darkness is no more
yemeseqelu qal-lemlem / the word of the Cross
honelin tesefa-lemlem/ has become our hope
enagelgelew-lemlem/ let us serve Him
betu gebten-lemlem/ entering into His dwelling place
tinish tiliqum-lemlem/ young and old alike
teselefen-lemlem/ enter together
abeba abeba feka zemen siteka / the flower , the flower has bloomed when the new year arrived
abebayehosh lemlem/ we have seen the flower-fresh and green/2x/
yanin Kunene- lemlem/ that  exile
zemene fida-lemlem/ the years of our slavery
yemotu werat- lemlem/ the reign of death
yamidre beda-lemlem/ and desolation
lik ende kiremit-lemlem / just like the winter
hede tegefo-lemlem/ it passed cast away
tsehay wetalin-lemlem/ the sun has risen for us
chelemaw alefo-lemlem/ the darkness has passed
abeba abebaw feka zemen siteka/ the flower , the flower has bloomed when the new year arrived

abebayehosh –lemlem/ we have seen the flower-fresh and green/2x/
yihew mesekerem-lemlem/ behold September
yihew tsehayi-lemlem/ behold the Sun
nigusu werdo-lemlem/ the king has descended
kelay seamy-lemlem/ from the heavens above
awede amet hone-lemlem/  the herald of the new year
desta selam-lemlem/ joy and peace
fiqir sigelet-lemlem / when love is reveled
kearyam-lemlem/  from the heavens
abeba abeba feka zemen siteka/ the flower , the flower has bloomed when the new year arrived
abebayehosh-lemlem/ we have seen the flower-fresh and green/2x/
yihew abeba-lemlem/  behold the flowers
lemlem qetema-lemlem/ the green and lush grass
addisu zemen-lemlem/ the new year
amitutalina-lemlem/ has brought with it
berun kifetu-lemlem/ lift up  the gates
mekuwanintochu -lemlem/ You rulers
yekibir nigus-lemlem / the King of Glory
yigeba betachihu-lemlem/ let Him enter into your house
abeba abeba feka zemen siteka/ the flower , the flower has bloomed when the new year arrived
abebayehosh-lemlem/ we have seen the flower-fresh and green/2x/
betachihu yimula-lemlem / may your home be filled
selam desita-lemlem/ with peace and joy
tesefachihu ersu-lemlem/ and may your Hope be Him
yehulu geta-lemlem/ the Lord of All
kezemen zemen-lemlem/ from year to year
yashegagerachihu-lemlem/ may He let us pass
yeshibetin zewed -lemlem/ the crown of grey hair
yishelimachihu-lemlem/ may He give to you
abeba abeba feka zemen siteka/ the flower , the flower has bloomed when the new year arrived
yishetal doro doro yemamiye guwaro/2/from your kitchen comes the delightful smell of your chicken stew my dear mother
yishetal tej tej yababeye dej/2/ and my dear father, your court smells of the sweet honey wine
abeye ehe! degemom emameye metahu beselamta kebet alu biye enkuan le addisu amet aderesot biye/
O my dear father, and o my dear mother, I come in peace hoping to find you home and to say, thank the Lord for granting you to see the new year.
keberew yiqoyun keberew yekibrin wenegel semetew yebegun siga beletew yamlakin fitun ayetew kebrew/ in glory may you await us yea in glory, having heard the Gospel of Glory, having ate the Flesh of the Lamb, having seen the face of God yea in such glory may you await us next year too.

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selam lekulekemu :)





 

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Selam lekulekemu :)
Let us remember St.John the Baptist, and his message with this mezmur

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiU615PeMqU&feature=related


Yohannes dingil /2x/nebiye leul/ Johannes Virgin Prophet of the King
Yohannes dingil /2x/memhere wengel/ Johannes Virgin teacher of the Gospel

Gena bemahitsen legeta yesegedek/ while still in the womb you bowed down to the Lord
Bemenfes qidus hayil bedesta yezelelk/ By the power of the Holy Spirit you leapt for joy
Nazrawi sebaki bebereha yadegek/ Nazarene preacher raised in a desert
Yersun adagninet le alem yesebek/ who preached to the world that He is the Savior
Hizbun yazegajeh tamagne  meleketegna/ a loyal messenger, who prepared the people
Yenesehan timqet yatemek eregna/ a shepherd who baptized the baptism of repentance
Tirgiyaw tedeledelual mengedum teqantual/  the way is prepared, and the path is made straight
Yohannes sibeketih kelibachin gebutual/ yohannis your message has entered our hearts

Yohannes dingil /2x/nebiye leul/ Johannes Virgin Prophet of the King
Yohannes dingil /2x/memhere wengel/ Johannes Virgin teacher of the Gospel


Kehuwalaye yimetal be esat yemiyatemeqew/ after me shall come One who baptizes with Fire
Ersu yekebere kene yelaqe new/ and He is Glorious and Mightier than me
Yechamawin  kiroch mefetat bayegebagne/ even though I am not worthy to untie the straps of His sandals
Ersu new getaye bemenfes yemolagne/ He is my Lord, the One who filled me with the Spirit
Libonachihu yiqena asegebut kefetahihu/ Lift up your repentant hearts and Let Him enter
Bemotu yikefetal  yemedan berachihu /  the gate of your salvation shall be opened by His death.
Ye alemin hatiyat yemiyaseteserey beg /The Lamb who takes away the sin of the world
Enanten yishomal lijochu bemadereg/ He will glorify you by making you His Children

Yohannes dingil /2x/nebiye leul/ Johannes Virgin Prophet of the King
Yohannes dingil /2x/memhere wengel/ Johannes Virgin teacher of the Gospel



Kefiteret akibiro geta amesegenohal/because the Lord has honored you among mankind
Fiqrina selamta kibir yigebahal/ you deserve to be loved, saluted, and honored
Bahitawi yegedam hiwotin yemitesebek ,/ a hermit, who is the example of  the desert life.
Yalenat yalabat bersu fiqir yadegek/ fatherless and motherless in there you grew up with His Love.
Yeteseteh tsega qalkidanih tsentual/the grace given to you and His covenant with you is steadfast
Yedekamoch birtat yeduyan fewes honuwal/ and it has become the strength of the weak and healing for the sick.
Letelat mercha neh kechinqet medagna/ you help us defeat the enemy and prevail over despondency
Yohannes redeteh yiderebin be egna/ Johannes may your help be with us always.

Yohannes dingil /2x/nebiye leul/ Johannes Virgin Prophet of the King
Yohannes dingil /2x/memhere wengel/ Johannes Virgin teacher of the Gospel

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Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages amen!
 

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My cousin is part of this new group called CoptAcapella.  They released a unique rendition of a Coptic spiritual song, "My Coptic Church":

http://ia700705.us.archive.org/21/items/MyCopticChurch/MyCopticChurch.mp3

Enjoy :)
 

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Selam Lekemu :)
O Mina! that was so beautiful!!! pls more! more! more! if you have some more of this groups mezmur pls. I cried listening to it, it was so moving.

Isaiah 19:19 "In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border."

Thank you for sharing Mina  :) , May God increase the grace of this group ten fold. may they hear the hymn of the celestial choir.
 

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minasoliman said:
My cousin is part of this new group called CoptAcapella.  They released a unique rendition of a Coptic spiritual song, "My Coptic Church":

http://ia700705.us.archive.org/21/items/MyCopticChurch/MyCopticChurch.mp3

Enjoy :)
This really is beautiful.  Do you know if they are going to put together a CD?
 

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Salpy said:
minasoliman said:
My cousin is part of this new group called CoptAcapella.  They released a unique rendition of a Coptic spiritual song, "My Coptic Church":

http://ia700705.us.archive.org/21/items/MyCopticChurch/MyCopticChurch.mp3

Enjoy :)
This really is beautiful.  Do you know if they are going to put together a CD?
They have a free podcast, and they update it every once in a while:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/coptacapella/id456677533

They just released another track, "Love, Love" in it.

 

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I really want to know where to get good CD's or high-quality downloads of this Mezmur stuff- it's awesome. I know you can get the MP3's from Youtube but the sound quality isn't as good.
 

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Alright, since writing about Ahmed Gragn and Ethiopia in this thread has kind of bummed me out a little, I did a little search for Oromo Orthodox mezmur, and with great joy found some really amazing stuff by Deacon Geremu Bayesa:

Haalle Luuyyaa
Kidane Mihret
Kulkulu Michael

The Oromo are a formerly majority-Christian people who were mostly converted to Islam in the 14th century. The Oromo are a Cushitic people, speaking a language related to Somali, Afar, etc. These recordings are very special because Protestants are active in converting Oromo such that most of what you'll find if you look for Oromo Christian hymns are Protestant gospel songs. If there exist more Orthodox hymns in Cushitic languages, I'd love to hear them... (Hiwot? Habte?  ;))
 

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yes its beautiful ! I know people who can speak Oromufa but they have gone back home, when they return I will ask them to help me to translate into Amharic so I can translate it into English. you can find the whole CD mezmur of Deacon Geremu on this website

http://www.tewahedo.org/g_m.html

I have not found mezmur  in any other language besides ,oromufa and tigrigna, and I have very limited understanding of tigrigna and I do not want to mess up the translation so I have asked my dear Eritrean friend to help me translate, so I will try to post some tigrigna mezmur both from Ethiopia and Eritrean zemariyans as I am able.

I know there are quite a few oromufa mezmurs out there, mahebere kidusan had published one album in oromufa that i know of, but apparently they have not found their way on line yet. there is a need though to use all the major languages of the south to make mezmurs for exactly the reasons you mentioned.

blessed day  :)
 

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Selam lekemu :)

The finding of the Holy Cross is celebrated in Ethiopia on September 26/27on leap year or in Ethiopian calendar September 17 starting from the eve on the 16th. This day marks the first  day of the 6 month it took to excavate the Holy Cross, St. Helena found the Holy Cross on Megabit 10 ( March 19). It is commemorated on both Months with  the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and the singing of Hymns. However in addition to all of these on September 16 evening there is a great procession to the Holy Cross square, in Addis Ababa, and in remembrance of St. Helena’s using the smoke of the incense from the bonfire as an indicator of where the Holy Cross was buried there is a bonfire lit with a sign of the cross made with ‘meskel daises’ a bright yellow daisy that blooms at that time and covers the fields everywhere you see with golden hue. Sunday School Choirs from all over the city come to the Square singing the message of the Cross, the Exultation of the Cross, re enacting the search of the Holy Cross by St. Helena, carrying the flags of all sovereign nations of the world as part of the message of the cross being the brotherhood of mankind and as a reminder of the message of peace and love it brings the world. This day is one of the National Holidays so people gather in thousands to celebrate it, the day of the demera/ lighting of the fire is the eve of meskel, The celebration is in every Orthodox Christian home and parish churches also where bonfires with the sign of the cross are prepared and after being blessed by priests they are lit and the celebratory singing ensues , and after the fire burns down and people go to their homes only to return in the morning to get the ash and mark themselves on their foreheads with a sign of the cross, so when you go into town on meskel day you see people with the sign of the Cross marked with ash on their foreheads everywhere. Here is one mezmur  about the Finding of the True Cross.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YWGEf5im8c


Eseye elele belu tegegne meseqelu/2x/ Yeah rejoice and ululate joyfully for the Cross has been found

Yetil gidgeda-- yeferesebet /with it is broken down the wall of enmity
Sew ke egziabher gar--yetareqebet/ with it man is reconciled with God
Ye egziabher lij--yenegesebet/ on it the Son of God was enthroned Victorious King
Yemot abegaz -- yewedeqebet/with it death is abolished

Eseye elele belu tegegne meseqelu/2x/ Yeah rejoice and ululate joyfully for the Cross has been found

Ayehud beqinat --mesqelun qeberew/  In envy the Jews buried the Cross
Biqeberut enkuan --be qoshashachew/ although they buried it with their refuse
Getan meqawem-- silemayechilu /because they cannot stop the Lord
Yihew tegegne --weta meseqelu/ behold the Cross is found and is exulted

Eseye elele belu tegegne meseqelu/2x/ Yeah rejoice and ululate joyfully for the Cross has been found

Degu kirakos-- shimagelew/ blessed kirakos the old man
Elenin merat --bedemeraaw/ Lead Helena with the burning incense
Geta bersu laye --bemeseqelu/ for the Lord was Crucified on it
Tisu segede --wede meseqelu/ the smoke bowed towards the Cross.

Eseye elele belu tegegne meseqelu/2x/ Yeah rejoice and ululate joyfully for the Cross has been found

Ye emenet milikit --meseqel newena/ because the Cross is the Sign of Faith
Teraraw meda --hone ende egena/ once again the mountain became leveled
Endetenesa --geta endeqalu/ as the Lord is risen according to His word
Kegudguwad weta-- etse meseqelu/ His Cross came out of the pit and is exalted

Eseye elele belu tegegne meseqelu/2x/ Yeah rejoice and ululate joyfully for the Cross has been found


Egnam bemeseqel enemekalen/ and we boast because of the Cross
Be egziabher tibeb --mech enaferalen/ we are not ashamed of the Wisdom of God
Mognenet enkuwan --bihon le alem/ although it is foolishness to the World
Hayil tsewen new-- lezelealem/ it is forever our strength and our refuge

Eseye elele belu tegegne meseqelu/2x/ Yeah rejoice and ululate joyfully for the Cross has been found

Gidgidaw fersual --yeliyunetu/ the wall of separation is broken down
Midrina semay --honu endeteintu/ the heaven and the earth have become one as before
Nefsena siga --bersu tarqewal/ the soul and the flesh have reconciled by the Cross.
Hizb ena ahizab -- wandem honewal/ people and the nations have become brothers!

Eseye elele belu tegegne meseqelu/2x/ Yeah rejoice and ululate joyfully for the Cross has been found

.........//..........

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages Amen!
Sebhat le Ab weWeld weMenfes Qidus ye'ezeni we'zelfeni leAleme alem amen!
 

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Thank you for the link to Deacon Geremu's album, Hiwot. I'm in heaven now!

Hiwot said:
I have not found mezmur  in any other language besides ,oromufa and tigrigna, and I have very limited understanding of tigrigna and I do not want to mess up the translation so I have asked my dear Eritrean friend to help me translate, so I will try to post some tigrigna mezmur both from Ethiopia and Eritrean zemariyans as I am able.
That would be wonderful!

I have always wondered, since first being exposed to Tewahedo mezmur several years ago, about mezmur in other languages in Ethiopia. I guess Afan Oromo, Amharic and Tigrinya are it, huh? That is too bad. What about the Southern people who are majority Christian, like the Dorze? It would be amazing to hear their polyphonic singing in mezmur...maybe someday... :)
 

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dzheremi,you are very welcome!
It would be beautiful if there would be mezmur albums released in those languages, it might be my lack of information but I will ask when I call back home if they do have Cd's on any other languages. if they do not I pray they do soon because it is absolutely imperative that the faithful be served in their own language. especially with mezmurs.
 

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Thanks for the links Hiwot- this is a jackpot!

Can someone more technically competent than I explain how I might download these songs instead of just playing them?
 

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you are very welcome Iconodule  :)
I am very technologicaly challenged  but I think if you can download it with real player then after you are done downloading you can convert it using the convert feature on realplayer to mp3 or whatever you wish. if that does not work i hope somebody tells us something that does  :-\
 

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Iconodule said:
Thanks for the links Hiwot- this is a jackpot!

Can someone more technically competent than I explain how I might download these songs instead of just playing them?
I like to use this sometimes:

http://www.video2mp3.net/

See if this works.
 

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Is there any good OO music in English? It seems like most of what's being posted in this thread is in the particular Church's respective liturgical language.
 

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One of my favorites is the English Midnight Praises by St. Antony Monastery in California. They have also recorded a few hours of the Agpeya (Coptic book of the hours) in English, but I haven't had a chance to listen to those yet. I bet they're great.

St. Mark's in D.C. has several CDs that are at least partially in English (I only own Kiahk vol. 3, but from what I remember the verses generally alternate: One in English, one in Arabic, one in Coptic). A lot of the churches in Canada and Australia seem to have English-language CDs recorded, too, though I don't have any. And if you go to a Coptic site like tasbeha.org you can find many liturgies recorded in English by Fr. Anthony Hanna, Fr. Antonious Tanios, etc. in their media section.
 

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A beautiful Coptic hymn, with transliteration and translation:

http://www.copticheritage.org/spiritual_songs/rashi_song
 

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selam lekulekemu  :)

On this day Meskerem/September 29 of Ethiopian Calendar, or October 10 of European Calendar, our most beloved, the glorious, Virgin Saint and Martyr Hripsime/Arsema of Armenia and her Companions are commemorated. As she remains quick to aid  the Christians in Ethiopia through her unfailing miraculous intercession and love, she is in turn highly honored, loved and  very dear to Ethiopians, along with the ancient  and new churches and monasteries built in her name, there continues youth and adult  associations forming in her name in Ethiopia. Here is one mezmur about her. May her intercession be with us. Amen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz83IG9wvU0&feature=related

Ye Iyesus arebegna ye emenet selefegna/ the warrior of Jesus, Charging with Faith
Honeshal Arsema  midir yihin yisma/ this is what you are Arsema so let the world hear of you.

Yedanshebet demu arefobish mahetemu/ sealed with the blood of salvation
Meseqel teshekemesh seyefin yeteqebelsh/ in carrying the cross you accepted the sword
Aberash arsema qeltesh endeshama/ like a candle you shined while melting
Lesemaetenetish zemachin yidresish/ and we sing of your martyrdom

Ye Iyesus arebegna ye emenet selefegna/ the warrior of Jesus, Charging with Faith
Honeshal Arsema  midir yihin yisma/ this is what you are Arsema so let the world hear of you.

Tansash Armenia tasebesh Ethiopia/ let Armenia remember you and Ethiopia commemorate you
Yimesekerew alem tsinatshin zelalem/ let the world witness of your zeal and steadfastness.
Lekefeleshiw waga geta ejun zerega/ for the price you paid, the Lord stretched His arm towards you.
Aklil berasish lay anurwal elshaday/ and the Almighty Crowned your head with the crown of Glory.

Ye Iyesus arebegna ye emenet selefegna/ the warrior of Jesus, Charging with Faith
Honeshal Arsema  midir yihin yisma/ this is what you are Arsema so let the world hear of you.

Gejzeim gejzi endalew timeketegnaaw ayew/ the proud saw that there is a Lord even over the lords
Tor endemayegeza kegeta meaza/ that the lance will not rule over the beauty of the fragrance of the Lord
Yihew tarik qomo Simshin teshekemo /  behold the pillar of witness stands baring your name
Weresenew zinashin Azemin gedleshin/ we sing of your good fight,as we remember your life.

Ye Iyesus arebegna ye emenet selefegna/ the warrior of Jesus, Charging with  Faith
Honeshal Arsema  midir yihin yisma/ this is what you are Arsema so let the world hear of you.

Kebizuwoch terta temertesh kegeta/ chosen by the Lord from among many
Letalaqu kibir seberesh yafiqir/ captive of that love that calls you for the great glory
Athanasia enatish meche tetsetseta/your mother Athanasia never regretted your fight
Yemoteshew lersu new motishin lemotew/ for she knows that you have died for the Him who died for you

Ye Iyesus arebegna ye emenet selefegna/ the warrior of Jesus, Charging with  Faith
Honeshal Arsema  midir yihin yisma/ this is what you are Arsema so let the world hear of you.


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Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages amen!

 

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^ Thank you for this.  I'm going to link it in the thread we have about her.
 

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Selam Lekulekemu :angel:

Mezmur by the secular singer Teddy afro( although most people  in Ethiopia do not like it when secular singers want to do both, that is the secular songs and the sacred mezmur,  and I agree for the most part however I also think this opens the chance for his fans who are christian and non christian alike to hear the message of the Gospel and who  knows...  ;D )  Anyway ,I was listening to this today and thought may be you guys might enjoy it as well.Here Teddy prays for himself and his country men, so bad translation all, here it goes.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzl8LWjZgsE&feature=related


Our Father who art in Heaven/ Abbatachin  basamayat yaleh

Above all others Hallowed be thy Glorious Name/ teleyeto yeemoges  kebur semeh

The Lord of Hosts descending from the heavens above/ ke samayat kelaye ke Tsebaot waredo

Born from my Lady the Virgin Mary/ Ke emebete ke dingil Maryam taweldo

For my sins my Redeemer died on the Cross/ bemesekel laye sile hatiyate beza hono

Emmanuel our God became Man and remained with us./Ammanuel  Egziabher  ke egna gar hono


Behold the Savior of the World, who is the gift of Mary/ ya medehane’alem ye Maryam tsega

For my redemption His side was pierced by a lance ./Beza leehon lane gonun tewega



You are the God whom Ezra with the lyre and David with the harp Glorified/ Ezra be masanqo Dawit bebegena

Let this thanks giving reaching you Amen. Yakebereh amlak yidresih misgana, Amen.


He set me free on Golgotha / Arenet awetagne qeraneyo la’yee

For my sake He endured suffering/silene bizu aye siqayee


You are the God whom Ezra with the lyre and David with the harp Glorified/ Ezra be masanqo Dawit bebegena

Let this thanks giving reaching you Amen./ yakebereh amlak yideresih misgana , Amen.

Ethiopia Stretches her hand towards God and She says Hallelujah (2x) Ethiopia tabetseh idewiha habe Egziabher Hallelujah!(2x)



May Glory be to His Name the Lord who saved me,/ wudasse leSimu ladanegne geta

How can I , return His favor?/ bemin limelesew ye’ersun wuleta?

Hale! Hallelujah! for the Lord who was slaughtered/ hale !hallelujah! leta’redew  geta

So how can I return His favor? Amen/ be min limelesew ene ye’ersun wuleta? Amen.

The Heavenly Glory, the Son of Mary / Samayawiw tsega , yemaryam lij

Unlocked the gates of Sheol by His Cross/ BeMeseqelu zega ye see’olin  dej


You are the God whom Ezra with the lyre and David with the harp Glorified/ Ezra be masanqo Dawit bebegena

Let this thanks giving reaching you Amen./ yakebereh amlak yideresih misgana , Amen.


Give peace Lord and well being to our country / Selam aman aregat hagerachinin

Compassionate Mary our Mother/ azagnitiwa Maryam enatachin

I entreat you Virgin the Mother of my Lord/ Aderashin dingil yegetaye enat

Intercede for us with your Son when we pray in faith. Amen. / astarqin kegeta sintselaye be ‘emenet, Amen.



Ethiopia Stretches her hand towards God and She says Hallelujah (2x) Ethiopia tabetseh idewiha habe Egziabher Hallelujah!(2x)



                                ................///................


Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages Amen!
 

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Hiwot said:
Selam Lekulekemu :angel:

Mezmur by the secular singer Teddy afro( although most people  in Ethiopia do not like it when secular singers want to do both, that is the secular songs and the sacred mezmur,  and I agree for the most part however I also think this opens the chance for his fans who are christian and non christian alike to hear the message of the Gospel and who  knows...  ;D )  Anyway ,I was listening to this today and thought may be you guys might enjoy it as well.Here Teddy prays for himself and his country men, so bad translation all, here it goes.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzl8LWjZgsE&feature=related


Our Father who art in Heaven/ Abbatachin  basamayat yaleh

Above all others Hallowed be thy Glorious Name/ teleyeto yeemoges  kebur semeh

The Lord of Hosts descending from the heavens above/ ke samayat kelaye ke Tsebaot waredo

Born from my Lady the Virgin Mary/ Ke emebete ke dingil Maryam taweldo

For my sins my Redeemer died on the Cross/ bemesekel laye sile hatiyate beza hono

Emmanuel our God became Man and remained with us./Ammanuel  Egziabher  ke egna gar hono


Behold the Savior of the World, who is the gift of Mary/ ya medehane’alem ye Maryam tsega

For my redemption His side was pierced by a lance ./Beza leehon lane gonun tewega



You are the God whom Ezra with the lyre and David with the harp Glorified/ Ezra be masanqo Dawit bebegena

Let this thanks giving reaching you Amen. Yakebereh amlak yidresih misgana, Amen.


He set me free on Golgotha / Arenet awetagne qeraneyo la’yee

For my sake He endured suffering/silene bizu aye siqayee


You are the God whom Ezra with the lyre and David with the harp Glorified/ Ezra be masanqo Dawit bebegena

Let this thanks giving reaching you Amen./ yakebereh amlak yideresih misgana , Amen.

Ethiopia Stretches her hand towards God and She says Hallelujah (2x) Ethiopia tabetseh idewiha habe Egziabher Hallelujah!(2x)



May Glory be to His Name the Lord who saved me,/ wudasse leSimu ladanegne geta

How can I , return His favor?/ bemin limelesew ye’ersun wuleta?

Hale! Hallelujah! for the Lord who was slaughtered/ hale !hallelujah! leta’redew  geta

So how can I return His favor? Amen/ be min limelesew ene ye’ersun wuleta? Amen.

The Heavenly Glory, the Son of Mary / Samayawiw tsega , yemaryam lij

Unlocked the gates of Sheol by His Cross/ BeMeseqelu zega ye see’olin  dej


You are the God whom Ezra with the lyre and David with the harp Glorified/ Ezra be masanqo Dawit bebegena

Let this thanks giving reaching you Amen./ yakebereh amlak yideresih misgana , Amen.


Give peace Lord and well being to our country / Selam aman aregat hagerachinin

Compassionate Mary our Mother/ azagnitiwa Maryam enatachin

I entreat you Virgin the Mother of my Lord/ Aderashin dingil yegetaye enat

Intercede for us with your Son when we pray in faith. Amen. / astarqin kegeta sintselaye be ‘emenet, Amen.



Ethiopia Stretches her hand towards God and She says Hallelujah (2x) Ethiopia tabetseh idewiha habe Egziabher Hallelujah!(2x)



                                 ................///................


Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto the ages of ages Amen!
This is beautiful, Hiwot!
 
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