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http://youtu.be/eoYqSvcCZQY

I found this great recording of the last portion of the Shubkono (Forgiveness?) Service done during the beginning of Lent. This was recorded a couple years ago at the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam, India.
 

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sheenj said:
http://youtu.be/eoYqSvcCZQY

I found this great recording of the last portion of the Shubkono (Forgiveness?) Service done during the beginning of Lent. This was recorded a couple years ago at the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam, India.
^^Great :angel: It's very similar to the rite of the forgiveness done in EO churches also for the beginning of the Great Lent.

With prayers for the official Orthodox unity
 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiGS7b-Sp5w - I think it hasn't been posted. One of Malankara Orthodox hymns for Palm Sunday in an arragment that reminds me Bollywood ;)
 

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Dominika said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiGS7b-Sp5w - I think it hasn't been posted. One of Malankara Orthodox hymns for Palm Sunday in an arragment that reminds me Bollywood ;)
Actually in the above youtube video, it is sung by a Bollywood singer.  The proper arrangement of this hymn sounds more like the following:
http://tinyurl.com/c6memy2
 

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Dominika said:
Salpy said:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPn4nCKTBec

Syriac Orthodox Christmas Hymns "Haw Dmalakhai"
As far I know, the hymn varies dependind on the feast, becasue it's a part of an ritual called "Zuhuyo" - lifting of the thing typical for the particular feast e.g a palm for Palm Sunday, water for Epiphany etc.

So I wonder if the hymn you've posted is exactly for Christmas?...
Here's a video of the actual Zuyoho service done in Malayalam. This was the Holy Friday Zuyoho, where the cross is clothed in white to represent the Lord's burial shrouds.
 

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This is an English Coptic spiritual song taken from the Arabic Coptic Spiritual song.  The music is the same, the words however are completely different.  Someone very recently created a very different group of lyrics with the same music and same resurrection theme.  In English, the chorus starts with "Resurrection is my song, Resurrection gives me life" but in Arabic, the chorus starts "Inta dost el mawta wahdack, ya Yasou el Nasiree" (You trampled death alone, oh Jesus of Nazereth)

Here's a Coptacapella "remix" of the English:
http://coptacapella.com/?p=356#t=00:00

Here's the original Arabic version (and the way we chant it in Church, even in Liturgy):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruOJIUko6Ss

This is an interesting Arabic "remix" that I stumbled upon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QFjSpHh_qA

 

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aah, i love this one so much...
we didn't sing it yet this year, will have to make a special request in church
:)

and i agree the translation doesn't quite do it justice, but as i can't come up with a better translation, i should not comment!
 

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Actually this melody is very well known from Middle East to Balkans (including Serbia ;)). And every nation claims its own original melody ;) There is even a movie about it "Whose is this melody?" (I don't know if it's the exact name of this film in English). For example:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sLwoG6QQXg#t=1h52m">Jordi Savall</a> or <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSwzF8Oz06U#t=1m34s">something Muslim</a>

Anyway, I really like this Coptic song about Resurrection, and the last version (although I'm quite traditional regarding Church music) is so great! :D True spirit of paschal happiness
 

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Hmm. And the same melody reappears for other English texts of the Church, like "Very Early Sunday Morning", which shares the same chorus as the English version posted by Mina (which I'd never heard before; very interesting), but has obviously different verses. I've also heard the same melody sung in very different contexts by both Syriac and Arab Iraqis...

Anyway...paging Hiwot, Ergib, or any other Tewahedo members we might have left: Gurage Muslim superstar Mahmoud Ahmed apparently sings Tewahedo mezmur now? Just what is going on here? :eek: Is it common for Muslims to sing Orthodox mezmur? I wouldn't think so...the closest I've ever seen from Egypt is when Abdel Halim Hafez sang "El Masih", which is obviously much more of a political song than a religious one. And I seem to remember when the film "Hassan w Marqos" came out a few years ago, there was controversy and some people accused its star Adel Imam of converting to Christianity (and/or promoting conversion to it) just for acting in the role of a Coptic priest in a movie that was meant to reduce tensions between Copts and Muslims. So when I see/hear things like the above videos...wow...Ethiopia is blessed! :)
 

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Dominika said:
Actually this melody is very well known from Middle East to Balkans (including Serbia ;)). And every nation claims its own original melody ;) There is even a movie about it "Whose is this melody?" (I don't know if it's the exact name of this film in English). For example:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sLwoG6QQXg#t=1h52m">Jordi Savall</a> or <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSwzF8Oz06U#t=1m34s">something Muslim</a>

Anyway, I really like this Coptic song about Resurrection, and the last version (although I'm quite traditional regarding Church music) is so great! :D True spirit of paschal happiness
Wow...very interesting!  Curious now to think the origins of the melody...hmmmm
 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJpNiHAKonU - this year Paschal (Easter) Liturgy with the Coptic pope Tawadrous II. Very nice chanting. Especially these hitenis (~27 min) I find very powerful (expressive).
 

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Some Ethiopian hymns for Pascha (Easter) :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c5nvXzjudI (that's something that I almost do during the Paschal service, however in European culture it would considered as strange behaviour ;))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux-ztnRewEM
 

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This is an Armenian hymn asking God to grant long life to the Catholicos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v23H5n9ditU
 

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Christ is Risen!

Dzheremi,

He converted to Christianity a few years ago. A sensation at the time. God willing when I get the time I will try to translate that mezmur he is singing.

Beautiful hymns everyone. Thank you for sharing. :)



 
 

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This post:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,51958.msg938735.html#msg938735

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

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

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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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CoptoGeek said:
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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