Monday, April 10, 2017

Holy Pascha Week

"He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." Romans 4:25
The CopticChurch.net & Tasbeha.org team would like to wish you all a blessed Holy Week. May the Lord grant us all the grace to gather for ourselves a spiritual treasure during this holiest time of the year. We would like to share with you the latest on our websites relating to Holy Week.

Live Broadcasts We will be broadcasting Holy Week Services live in both video and audio. This includes Palm Sunday, weekday services, Good Thursday, Good Friday, Bright Saturday, and Resurrection Liturgy.

Holy Pascha and Bright Saturday Books
Holy Pascha Book: Order now to get in time for pascha week. E-book available for purchase as well.
Bright Saturday Book: Newly released. Order now. E-book available as well.

Holy Week Hymns
We would also like to remind you of the huge amount of hymns that are available for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Bright Saturday and the Feast of Resurrection.

Sermons

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Blessed Advent Fast


"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:1, 14, NKJV). 

As we approach the blessed period of the Coptic month of Kiahk, we would like to wish you a blessed and true fast as we prepare ourselves to receive the Logos of God incarnate. Since this period of our liturgical year is known for its many praises and hymns unlike any other period as we approach the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, we would like to remind you of some related resources:
We have also found that a committee was developed by the holy Synod, led by H.G. Bishop Makari, General Bishop of South Shobra, and the involvement of many well-known priests and cantors in the Church for the main goal of unifying the sources of Kiahk hymns. This committee has already met twice (on October 31 and November 3) and has chosen the sources for the following:
  • Nie;noc Tyrou
    • C. Mikhail El-Batanouni and C. Farag Abdel-Maseih
  • “Alli El-‘asr” - Alleluia of Vespers, Allylouia Pi`wou Va
    • C. Mikhail El-Batanouni and C. Farag Abdel-Maseih
  • `Areten;wn], 8th Part of the Saturday Theotokia
    • HICS (Higher Institute of Coptic Studies)
  • Kiahk Sherat, Saturday Theotokia Lobsh
    • C. Farag Abdel-Maseih
  • The Great Watos Commentary, Saturday Vespers Praise
    • C. Farag Abdel-Maseih for the Introduction
    • Constructing (tarkeep) the commentary parts according to Archdeacon Fahim Girgis
  • Psali Watos for Saturday Vespers Praise `Amwini Tyrou
    • Archdeacon Fahim Girgis
  • Saturday Theotokia in Kiahk Tune
    • C. Farag Abdel-Maseih and Archdeacon Fahim Girgis
  • Explanations of the Saturday Theotokia
    • Archdeacon Fahim Girgis in which the paragraph before last be elevated in pitch
    • All explanations may be constructed as it was agreed upon by C. Ibrahim Ayad and C. Gad Lewis
  • “Alli Nos El-lil” - Alleluia of Midnight
    • C. Mikhail El-Batanouni and C. Farag Abdel-Maseih
  • The Great Kiahk Hoos and its Alleluia
    • C. Mikhail El-Batanouni
  • Great Teoi `nhikanoc, 10th part of the Sunday Theotokia
    • C. Mikhail El-Batanouni
  • Tenen & Euhwc
    • C. Farag Abdel-Maseih and other cantors with the consideration of the set of ornaments (hazzat) on the first word repeat twice and not three times
  • Great `Ebolhiten
    • C. Tawfik Youssef
  • Conclusion of the Commentary for the Saintly Laborers, P=,=c Pencwtyr
    • C. Tawfik Youssef
  • Tenoueh `ncwk
    • Archdeacon Fahim Girgis
  • Sunday Theotokia Explanations
    • To be chanted in the annual theotokia tune or according to C. Tawfik Youssef recordings
  • Kiahk Psalies
    • Adam Psalies are to be chanted in the tune of Amen Alleluia (Adam Hymn after the Hoos - Agios O Theo’s)
    • Watos Psalies are to be chanted in the tune of The Burning Bush (Watos Hymn (Psali) for Thursday)
  • The Kiahk Psalm, Cwtem Taseri
    • C. Farag Abdel-Maseih and Archdeacon Fahim Girgis
  •  “Alli El-tawzi’” – Alleluia of the Distribution, and Psalm 150
    • Archdeacon Fahim Girgis
  • Je `F`cmarwout in Kiahk Tune and `Fem`psa Gar for Sundays
    • HICS (Higher Institute of Coptic Studies)
  • Kiahk Aspasmoses
    •  Adam - C. Ibrahim Ayad
    • Watos - C. Gad Lewis
  • Je `F`cmarwout in Kiahk Tune and }par;enoc for Weekdays
    • C. Tawfik Youssef
    • Comment: It is a traditional hymn that should be kept and chanted during prayers and hymns competitions

The following were mentioned to be present at the meetings: 
  • H.G. Bishop Makari, General Bishop of South Shobra (Committee Head)
  • Hegumen Isaiah El-Muharraqi, St. Mary’s Monastery of El-Muharraq
  • Fr. Youannis Halim, Youth Bishopric Hymn Board
  • Fr. Angelos Ishaak, HICS Hymns & Music Department
  • Mr. Michelle Badee Abdel-Malik, Head of HICS, Hymns & Music Department
  • Cantor Ibrahim Ayad, Teacher at Didymus Institute for Chanters and the Clerical School
  • Cantor Gad Lewis, Teacher at Didymus Institute for Chanters and HICS
  • Cantor Todari Anwar, Teacher at Didymus Institute for Chanters
  • Cantor Milad Nadi, Teacher at Didymus Institute for Chanters
  • Cantor Magdy Bekhit, Teacher at Didymus Institute for Chanters
  • Cantor Youssef Ayoub, Association (Rabetat) of Chanters in Cairo
  • Cantor Rida Barsoum, Teacher at HICS Hymns & Music Department and the Clerical School
  • Deacon Beshara Nader Attia, Secretary of Youth Bishopric Hymn Board

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Blessed Great Lent


And we too let us fast with purity and righteousness and let us also pray proclaiming and saying. I have sinned, I have sinned, My Lord Jesus forgive me, for there is no servant without sin nor a master without forgiveness. Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name, Thy kingdom come, for Thine is the glory forever. 


We'd like wish you a blessed Lent and wish to remind you of the multitude of resources available on Tasbeha.org relating to Great Lent:



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Blessed Feast of Epiphany

We'd like wish you a blessed Feast of Epiphany and would like to remind you that we will be broadcasting live the Feast of Epiphany Liturgy. For more information please visit CopticChurch.net/live/

Epiphany Hymns:
Cantor Farag Abdelmessih, 
Higher Institute of Coptic Studies, and 
Ibrahim Ayad

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nativity Greetings and Live Broadcast

"The LORD has said to Me, You are My Son, Today I have begotten You." (Psalm 2:7-8) The CopticChurch.net & Tasbeha.org sites would like to extend our most sincere greetings during the Feast of the Glorious Nativity. As we have grown accustomed, we will be broadcasting this year's Nativity Liturgy in video on January 6th starting at 7pm (EST). Related Links: We would also like to remind you of the wealth of information on both of our sites celebrating this glorious feast.

Christmas Papal Message

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Decision by Hymns Committee of the Holy Synod Regarding the Pronunciation of Hymns


Decision of the Coptic and Greek Language Committee
Formed from the Hymns Committee of
The Rites Committee of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Regarding the used pronunciation of Coptic texts and
Greek words and texts in hymns, praises, and liturgies

The committee headed by H.G. Bishop Demetrios of the Coptic language, formed of the Committee of Rites at the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and head of the Division of Coptic Language at the Institute of Coptic Studies along with:

a) For the Coptic Language
1. Fr. Gabriel Bernaba, Teacher of Coptic Language at the Institute of Coptic Studies and Didymus Institute for Cantors in Cairo.
2. Fr. Zakka Fayez, Teacher of Coptic Language at the Coptic Seminary of Cairo

b) For the Greek Language
1. Fr. Basilious Sobhy, Head of the Division of Languages ate the Coptic Seminary of Cairo
2. Dr. Mishil Badae Abdelmalek, Head of the Hymns Division and Coptic Music at the Institute of Coptic Studies, and teach of Greek Language (Ancient, Koine, the pronunciation used for the Holy Bible and liturgical texts) at the seminary schools and Institute of Coptic Studies.

For the studying of the pronunciation of liturgical texts used in the prayers and hymns of the Coptic Orthodox Church which have been circulated through the recordings of the Institute of Coptic Studies of Cairo and were recorded by the Late Dr. Ragheb Moftah, head and founder of the Music and Hymns Division of the Institute of Coptic Studies starting in 1927 from the most renowned cantor of the Coptic Church, the late teacher Mikhail Girgis El Batanouny, and the first direct generation of his disciples, Cantor Tawfik Youssef Elnaikhili Elmuharrai, Cantor Farag Abdelmaseih, and Cantor Sadek Atallah.

The committee has found that the pronunciation used in the recordings of the Institute of Coptic Studies is the primary source for using in all hymns and prayers of the Coptic Orthodox Church and it must be kept from tampering and distortion of pronunciation which our Coptic Church has settled on. The recordings of the Coptic Institute is the primary and only source for all hymns of the Coptic Orthodox Church whether in the pronunciation of Coptic text or in words and texts of the Greek Language which are in according to the old pronunciation of the Greek language (Attic, Koine) and not according to the modern Greek pronunciation which has no relation to the Greek words and texts used in the prayers and hymns of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

The committee calls on all cantors of the See of St. Mark, those who teach hymns and praises at the Seminary Schools in Cairo, Alexandria, and all branches, teachers at the Didymus Institute for Cantors in Cairo and the Elmuharraq Monastery, cantors of the Coptic Church inside Egypt and in the land of immigration, choirs of deacons and those responsible for teaching  hymns in churches, and those responsible for organizing hymns competitions at the Youth Bishopric, to adhere to the correct pronunciation of the Coptic and Greek languages for all hymns and praises of the Coptic Church, that which the church has settled on and documented and is recorded audibly through the recordings of the hymns by Musical Division of the the Higher Institute of Coptic Studies, which is considered the official primary and only source for all the hymns of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Signed,
Fr. Gabriel Bernaba
Fr. Basilious Sobhy
Fr. Zakka Fayez
Dr. Mishil Badae Abdelmalek
H.G. Bishop Demetrios, Bishop of Malawi and Ashmonin
Monday, 2nd of Nasie, 1720 A.M, September 8th, 2014

H.H. Pope Tawadros II
March 16th, 2015






To the revered fathers, teachers, cantors that teach hymns, praises, and liturgies at the Coptic Seminary of Egypt and its official branches inside and outside of Egypt and other hymns institutes:

First, please adhere completely to the decision of the Coptic and Greek Language Committee formed from the Hymns Committee of the Rites Committee of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The decision was confirmed and signed by H.H. Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexanderia and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark and the dean of the Coptic Seminary. The decision states the "utter importance of the correct pronunciation of the Coptic and Green languages for all hymns and praises of the Coptic Church, that which the church has settled on and documented and is recorded audibly through the recordings of the hymns by Musical Division of the the Higher Institute of Coptic Studies, which is considered the official primary and only source for all the hymns of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Second, anyone who disobeys this decision risks questioning before board of the seminary and possible leave from teaching at the institute.

Dr. Roshdy Wassef Behman Doss
Teacher and Head of the Division of Worship and Liturgical Studies
Archdeacon at the Cathedral of St. Mark



Monday, February 16, 2015

Statement by the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mark of Jersey City On the Murder of 21 Coptic Egyptian Citizens in Libya


For Immediate Release

The Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mark of Jersey City condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Coptic Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIS terrorists.  We offer our condolences to His Holiness Pope Tawadrous II and to the families of the Martyrs. We also offer our support to the Egyptian government, led by President El-Sisi in taking all necessary measures of adequate response and remedy.  We grieve with all Egyptian people for our fellow citizens and children.
This deliberate killing of innocent people is the most recent of many atrocities perpetrated by extremist -affiliated terrorists against the Christians of the region and fills the cup of the cruel and evil actions being taken today by ISIS and the rest of their likes as a direct result of the wrong and misleading view of God and religion.

This heinous act underscores the urgent need for the peaceful teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Christian faith to be welcomed, considered and promoted in Egypt and all Arab Countries. Christians must have their freedom to worship, build their churches and preach the gospel with liberty and without persecution. 

Although this recent act of cowardice and evil resulting in the deaths of 21 young men left the church with a heavy heart, the church will never be shaken by such evil acts. Our church is a church of martyrs with a longstanding history of overcoming persecution in a peaceful manner, namely by fasting and prayer. So once again as we begin the Fast of Great Lent, we fast and pray for the 21 young men, their families, for all Egyptian citizens, for all victims of evil acts, for peace and we entreat our God to protect His people.  And as our Lord Jesus Christ taught us, we also pray for those perpetrators of evil “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”(Matthew 5:44,NKJV)

May the Lord protect all of us against all evil. 

For donations to help the families of the victims, please donate through our website and under the Description/Memo, enter "Martyrs of Libya".

For comments and words of comfort, please visit our In Memorial page.

For press comments, please contact Mr. Joseph M. Ghabour, Esq., the Deacon of Public Relations at 201-333-0004. You can find more information about St. Mark’s at: http://SaintMark.com