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