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sheenj said:
The Southwest-American Diocese of the MOSC has just put out mp3 files of English Nativity hymns, without any keyboards or other instruments. ;D
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) ;)
 

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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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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!
 

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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 …


from http://e.copticbook.net/index.php?b=20101101001&f=0518&h=0
 

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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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minasoliman said:
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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Antonious Nikolas said:
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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minasoliman said:
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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Joyous Light

http://youtu.be/XzefvF3BAK8
 

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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.


http://youtu.be/Dj1snQPCOpA
 

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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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Psalm 116

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xkf0yFrvyQ
 

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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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Salpy said:
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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Mor Ephrem said:
Salpy said:
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.  :p
Yeah, that would be nice.  :D
 

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minasoliman said:
Salpy said:
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
It's a beautiful instrument. 
 

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Radio Beth Gazo, even has iOS & Google apps!

http://www.radiobethgazo.com/
 

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It really is cool, I love it. Salpy, should we start an OO mobile app thread  ;D
 

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I think that's a great idea.  I know other apps have been mentioned in various threads.  It would be nice to have the info in one place.  Feel free to be the one to start the thread.  :) 
 

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Ethiopian Orthodox Mezmur:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Xdqx1VZsk3o
 

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A beautiful hymn by St. Nerses Shnorhali, Nayats Sirov:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs_aBptkKzA&list=PLFD9DA8FAD71634D4



It's sung so well by the children.   :)  I'm pretty sure this is from the Arevagal in Geghart CD I mentioned a while back in this thread.

The lyrics for the hymn can be found translated here:

http://www.stnersess.edu/daily-hours-peace-hour.html
 

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minasoliman said:
Salpy said:
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
This is for you, Mina.  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=UUm03-iV0O8sSMpOyQK3Qjcg&v=eEq3GXy5Clc

Anual kanun concert at Etchmiadzin.  There are some talented kids there.  :eek:
 

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I'm pretty sure this is about the raising of Lazarus:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnqnNBW9SEI
 

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Salpy said:
minasoliman said:
Salpy said:
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
This is for you, Mina.  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=UUm03-iV0O8sSMpOyQK3Qjcg&v=eEq3GXy5Clc

Anual kanun concert at Etchmiadzin.  There are some talented kids there.   :eek:
If I have a daughter, I will have her admitted into this!  ;D
 

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Audio recording of an Armenian liturgy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DFfqj757JI&list=UULnmf0o-6lCEO7fKdi_7cgg
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq91RDVYfFg

Mezmur in our Ethiopian Orthodox Parish in Sweden about two months ago.
 

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From the Armenian Church:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZqWqxLqBIs
 

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Gebre Egziabeher said:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq91RDVYfFg

Mezmur in our Ethiopian Orthodox Parish in Sweden about two months ago.
Really beautiful!  I've just started to listen to Ethiopian hymns and I really love them.  I am not sure if it has been posted before but here is one I found which I really love.  I wish I understood the words. 

http://youtu.be/li39EUQw3w8
 

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This is from one of the prayers of St. Nareg.  It is sung during the Husgoom (Rest) Service at night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNAonCbuxXw&list=UULnmf0o-6lCEO7fKdi_7cgg


Accept with sweetness almighty Lord my bitter prayers.
Look with pity upon my mournful face.
Dispel, all-bestowing God, my shameful sadness.
Lift, merciful God, my unbearable burden....
Read the rest of the prayer here:

http://www.stgregoryofnarek.am/book.php?parent_id=13&type=2&type_1=none

It starts part way through section C of Prayer 12

 

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Dear mother of light, pray for us!!!

http://youtu.be/ehR2D4PCKgw
 

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Not music, but videos.  These Liturgies were celebrated in the context of the Eight World Syriac Conference, held at St Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute (SEERI), Kottayam, India, from 8-13 September 2014.

West Syriac Rite:

http://youtu.be/wGqgp4vqQe4 (celebrant, HE Mor Ostatheos Isaac)
http://youtu.be/SAqJjWlCpeo (celebrant, the Rev Dr MP George)

East Syriac Rite:

http://youtu.be/sWpAeUIC_cU (celebrant, HG Mar Aprem)
 

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Two comments/questions, Mor:

1. Thank you for these!  The West Syriac Rite is so heavenly without the organs/keyboards.  It's a real treat for me.  If you can tell me where any parishes which chant unaccompanied might be located here in the NY/NJ/PA area, I'd love to visit.

2. I'd be thrilled to find out that the East Syriac rite was preserved somewhere in our communion, but these guys are under the ACoE, right?
 
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