Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Saint Maryam the Virgin, the Ark of the Covenant

Maryam is Zion, she is the Ark of the Covenant, the dwelling place of the Most High. "the Logos pitched His tent and dwelt among us..." - John 1.14. This is a traditional and mystical understanding of the Mother of God in the Eastern Church, as the Incarnation was accomplished through Maryam. The Ethiopian Church, in her prayers, confesses that "the Virgin Maryam...is Zion for ever and ever. Amen."

The reading from Hebrew 9, as assigned in the Greek Church for the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, refers to the Ark of the Covenant: 

Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance...

- Hebrews 9.7 NKJV

Saint Maryam, the Virgin, the Ark of the Covenant

Maryam is Zion, she is the Ark of the Covenant, the dwelling place of the Most High. "the Logos pitched His tent and dwelt among us..." - John 1.14. This is a traditional and mystical understanding of the Mother of God in the Eastern Church, as the Incarnation was accomplished through Maryam. The Ethiopian Church, in her prayers, confesses that "the Virgin Maryam...is Zion for ever and ever. Amen."

The reading from Hebrew 9, as assigned in the Greek Church for the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, refers to the Ark of the Covenant: 

Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance...

- Hebrews 9.7 NKJV

Monday, October 26, 2015

Christianity's Eastern history has been forgotten- and today’s Eastern Christians are in Danger


Below is a link to an article by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, about the forgotten history of Eastern Christianity, and the current peril of Christians in Western Asia.

Eastern Christianity (Assyrian, Armenian, Syrian, Coptic, East African, Indian) at one time was just as populous and influential as Western Christianity (both Roman Catholic & Byzantine Orthodox). Many Christians spoke in Arabic. There were Christian communities as far East as China. Many of these Christians were wiped out by war lords like Tamerlane. And now, Christians in Western Asia are threatened with extinction by ISIL.

Read the article here:
How Christianity's Eastern history has been forgotten

Christianity's Eastern history has been forgotten- and today’s Eastern Christians are in Danger


Below is a link to an article by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, about the forgotten history of Eastern Christianity, and the current peril of Christians in Western Asia.

Eastern Christianity (Assyrian, Armenian, Syrian, Coptic, East African, Indian) at one time was just as populous and influential as Western Christianity (both Roman Catholic & Byzantine Orthodox). Many Christians spoke in Arabic. There were Christian communities as far East as China. Many of these Christians were wiped out by war lords like Tamerlane. And now, Christians in Western Asia are threatened with extinction by ISIL.

Read the article here:
How Christianity's Eastern history has been forgotten

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Agpeya - Opening Prayers

I have been using the Coptic Agpeya for the Divine Office the last week. The same beginning prayers are used for each hour. Below I have posted a portion of those prayers. Notice the rich devotional character and trust in God in the prayers. There is also the language of spiritual warfare.

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Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto Him, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Almighty, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.

O Master, Lord, God the Almighty, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, we thank You for every condition, concerning every condition, and in every condition, for You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto You, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour.
Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of mankind, to grant us to complete this holy day, and all the days of our life, in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men, and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us, and from all Your people, and from this holy place that is Yours.

But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us; for it is You Who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy.

  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, by the grace, compassion and love of mankind, of Your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, through Whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the adoration are due unto You, with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Life-Giver, Who is of one essence with You, now and at all times, and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

The Agpeya - Opening Prayers

I have been using the Coptic Agpeya for the Divine Office the last week. The same beginning prayers are used for each hour. Below I have posted a portion of those prayers. Notice the rich devotional character and trust in God in the prayers. There is also the language of spiritual warfare.

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Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto Him, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Almighty, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.

O Master, Lord, God the Almighty, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, we thank You for every condition, concerning every condition, and in every condition, for You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto You, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour.
Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of mankind, to grant us to complete this holy day, and all the days of our life, in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men, and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us, and from all Your people, and from this holy place that is Yours.

But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us; for it is You Who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy.

  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, by the grace, compassion and love of mankind, of Your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, through Whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the adoration are due unto You, with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Life-Giver, Who is of one essence with You, now and at all times, and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

The Agpeya- Opening Prayers

I have been using the Coptic Agpeya for the Divine Office the last week. The same beginning prayers are used for each hour. Below I have posted a portion of those prayers. Notice the rich devotional character and trust in God in the prayers. There is also the language of spiritual warfare.

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Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto Him, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Almighty, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.

O Master, Lord, God the Almighty, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, we thank You for every condition, concerning every condition, and in every condition, for You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto You, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour.
Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of mankind, to grant us to complete this holy day, and all the days of our life, in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men, and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us, and from all Your people, and from this holy place that is Yours.

But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us; for it is You Who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy.

  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, by the grace, compassion and love of mankind, of Your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, through Whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the adoration are due unto You, with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Life-Giver, Who is of one essence with You, now and at all times, and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

Saint James of Jerusalem October 23 (St. James, the Brother of God)

Today is the commemoration of Saint James the Just, the brother of Jesus, the first bishop of Jerusalem. In the Eastern Church, he is called the Brother of God. Because the early Church fathers believed that Mary maintained her virginity after Jesus was born, James was considered either a step brother of Jesus (Eastern Church), or a cousin (Western Church). However, most Protestant scholars and even many Catholic Bible scholars today consider that James is the sibling of Jesus, also a son of Mary  (see today's Gospel, Matthew 13.54-58).

Ancient Christian writers say that James was not only Bishop of Jerusalem, but that he functioned as a high priest, and that he entered the Holy of Holies in the Temple. That he was a holy, prayerful man, and leader in the Church of Jerusalem, is attested to by Jerome (citing the ancient Church historian Heggesipius):

“After the apostles, James the brother of the Lord surnamed the Just was made head of the Church at Jerusalem. Many indeed are called James. This one was holy from his mother's womb. He drank neither wine nor strong drink, ate no flesh, never shaved or anointed himself with ointment or bathed. He alone had the privilege of entering the Holy of Holies, since indeed he did not use woolen vestments but linen and went alone into the temple and prayed in behalf of the people, insomuch that his knees were reputed to have acquired the hardness of camels' knees.”

Ancient Christian writers and Josephus witness to Jame’s martyrdom:

[The scribes and Pharisees]... threw down the just man... [and] began to stone him: for he was not killed by the fall; but he turned, and kneeled down, and said: "I beseech thee, Lord God our Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."And, while they were there, stoning him to death, one of the priests, the sons of Rechab, the son of Rechabim, to whom testimony is borne by Jeremiah the prophet, began to cry aloud, saying: “Cease, what do ye? The just man is praying for us." But one among them, one of the fullers, took the staff with which he was accustomed to wring out the garments he dyed, and hurled it at the head of the just man. And so he suffered martyrdom; and they buried him on the spot, and the pillar erected to his memory still remains, close by the temple. This man was a true witness to both Jews and Greeks that Jesus is the Christ.

Fragments from the Acts of the Church; Concerning the Martyrdom of James, the Brother of the Lord, from Book 5


The Epistle of James is traditionally attributed to James, and contains the famous passage "So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead (James 2.17, NRSV)."

The Epistle of James enjoins good works, and calls for social justice. James teaches in his epistle to treat the poor with respect (2.1-7), and condemns oppression by the rich (5.1-6). The style of the letter is reminiscent of Jewish wisdom literature.


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Collect and Readings for St. James


Collect for Saint James of Jerusalem    October 23
Grant, we beseech thee, O God, that after the example of thy
 servant James the Just, brother of our Lord, thy Church may
 give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of
 all who are at variance and enmity; through the same our
 Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the
 Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 1 The Two Ways
 Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers;
 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night.
 They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.

 The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish.

Acts 15.13-22a
After they finished speaking, James replied, ‘My brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first looked favourably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name. This agrees with the words of the prophets, as it is written,
 “After this I will return,
and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen;
   from its ruins I will rebuild it,
     and I will set it up,
 so that all other peoples may seek the Lord—
   even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called.
     Thus says the Lord, who has been making these things known from long ago.”
Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God, but we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood. For in every city, for generations past, Moses has had those who proclaim him, for he has been read aloud every Sabbath in the synagogues.’
 Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.

1 Corinthians 15.1-11 The Resurrection of Christ
Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.
 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to someone untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

Matthew 13.54-58 The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
 He came to his home town and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?’ And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour except in their own country and in their own house.’ And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Daily Prayers from the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church




In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, One God.

+ Lord pity us, Lord spare us, Lord have Mercy on us, Amen.

+ Glory to the Father, Glory to the Son and the Holy Spirit now and forever and ever, world without end, Amen.

I believe and offer my supplications unto the Holy Trinity.

I denounce Satan in the sight of the Holy Mother Orthodox Church. And in the presence of the Virgin Maryam, who is Zion for ever and ever. Amen


THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us and rescue us from all evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and forever. Amen


PRAYER OF ST. MARIAM
O Holy Virgin Maryam in the peace of the Angel Gabriel, peace be unto thee. Thou are Virgin in Spirit as well as in body O thou Mother of Perfect God, peace be unto thee, Blessed are thou amongst women and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Rejoice, O thou who are full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Ask and pray for us to thy Beloved Son, Eyesus Kristos, that he may have mercy upon our souls and forgive us our sins. Amen









PRAYER OF FAITH
We believe in one God, The Father Almighty maker of Heaven of Earth and all things visible and invisible. And we believe in the Lord Eyesus Kristos, the only begotten Son of the Father who was with the Father before the creation of the world. Light from Light, True God from True God,
begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father by whom all things are made, and without Him was not anything in Heaven or Earth made. Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from Heaven was made man and was incarnated from the Holy Spirit and from the Holy Virgin Maryam. He was crucified for our sake in the days of Pontius Pilate, suffered, died, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day, as was written in the Holy Scriptures.
He ascended into Heaven into Glory. He sat at the right hand of the Father and will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. And there is no end of His kingdom. We believe in the Holy Spirit the Lord, the giver of life who proceeded from the Father. We worship and glorify Him with the Father and the Son who spoke by the Prophets. And we believe in one Holy Universal Apostolic Church. And we believe in one baptism for the remission of sins and wait for the resurrection from the dead, Life to come. World without end. Amen. 


PRAISES
Holy, Holy, Holy, perfect Lord of Hosts, Heaven and Earth are Full of the Holiness of thy glory.
We worship thee, Eyesus Kristos, with thy merciful and Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, the Life giver, for thou did come and Save us.

I offer one worship to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. (repeat 3x)

Being one, He is three and being three He is one. They are three in persons and one in Godhead.

I worship before our Lady Maryam, Virgin and Mother of God, who is pure in flesh and in her soul.

I worship before the cross of our Lord Eyesus Kristos, which was sanctified by his precious blood.

The Cross is our Might,
The Cross is our Strength.
The Cross is our Ransom,
and the Cross is the Medicine of our Soul.

We who have believed in Him are saved by the power of His cross

Glory be to the Father, Glory be to the Son, Glory be to the Holy Spirit (3x)

It is due to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (3x)

Glory be to our Lady Maryam, Virgin and Mother of God. It is due to our Lady Maryam, Virgin and
Mother of God.

Glory be to the cross of our Lord, Eyesus Kristos. It is due to the cross of our Lord,
Eyesus Kristos.

Let Christ remember us in his mercy. Amen.
And not neglect us in his second coming. Amen.
Let Him awaken us in order that we may thank His name. Amen.
Let Him make us firm in His worship. Amen.
Our Lady Mariam, lift our prayers. Amen.
Ask forgiveness for all our sins. Amen.
Before the throne of our Lord. Amen.

To Him who gave us this bread.
For his mercy endures forever.
And to Him who gave us this cup.
For his mercy endures forever.
And to Him who have given us our food
and clothing.
For His mercy endures forever.
And to Him who endures all our sins.
For His mercy endures forever.
And to Him who gave us His Holy flesh
and His precious blood
For His mercy endures forever.
To Him who saved us from death.
For His mercy endures forever.
And to Him who preserves us to this
very moment.

‡ ALL PEOPLE SHALL SAY ‡
To Him let us give glory, giving thanks to God the Most High, and let us give thanks
to His mother and His Honorable Cross.

‡ ALL PEOPLE SAY THE LORD’S PRAYER
AND THE VIRGIN MARYAM PRAYER
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Peace be unto you, while honoring you our mother Maryam, we beseech you. We trust you to save us from evil beasts. For the sake of Hanna, thy mother and father Iyakem. O Virgin Maryam, today bless our congregation.
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TSELOTE EGZITENA MARIAM
(Prayer of Virgin Maryam)
Saint Luke Chapter 1 verses 46-55

And the Virgin Maryam said, my soul
Does magnify the Lord.
My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he has regarded the low estate of his
handmaiden; for behold from henceforth
all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty has done to me
great things; and Holy is His name.
And mercy is on them that fear Him from
generation to generation. He has showed
strength with His arm; He has scattered
the proud in the imagination of their
hearts. He has put down the mighty from
their seats, and exalted them of low
degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, in
remembrance of His mercy.
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham,
and to his seed forever and ever. Amen

source: Saint Mary's Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church in Ottawa

Daily Prayers of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church



In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, One God.

+ Lord pity us, Lord spare us, Lord have Mercy on us, Amen.

+ Glory to the Father, Glory to the Son and the Holy Spirit now and forever and ever, world without end, Amen.

I believe and offer my supplications unto the Holy Trinity.

I denounce Satan in the sight of the Holy Mother Orthodox Church. And in the presence of the Virgin Maryam, who is Zion for ever and ever. Amen


THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us and rescue us from all evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and forever. Amen


PRAYER OF ST. MARIAM
O Holy Virgin Mariam in the peace of the Angel Gabriel, peace be unto thee. Thou are Virgin in Spirit as well as in body O thou Mother of Perfect God, peace be unto thee, Blessed are thou amongst women and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Rejoice, O thou who are full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Ask and pray for us to thy Beloved Son, Eeyesus Kiristos, that he may have mercy upon our souls and forgive us our sins. Amen









PRAYER OF FAITH
We believe in one God, The Father Almighty maker of Heaven of Earth and all things visible and invisible. And we believe in the Lord Eyesus Kristos, the only begotten Son of the Father who was with the Father before the creation of the world. Light from Light, True God from True God,
begotten not made of one essence with the Father by whom all things are made, and without Him was not anything in Heaven or Earth made. Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from Heaven was made man and was incarnated from the Holy Spirit and from the Holy Virgin Mariam. Became man, was crucified for our sake in the days of Pontius Pilate, suffered, died, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day, as was written in the Holy Scriptures.
He ascended into Heaven into Glory. He sat at the right hand of the Father and will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. And there is no end of His kingdom. We believe in the Holy Spirit the Lord, the giver of life who proceeded from the Father. We worship and glorify Him with the Father and the Son who spoke by the Prophets. And we believe in one Holy Universal Apostolic Church. And we believe in one baptism for the remission of sins and wait for the resurrection from the dead, Life to come. World without end. Amen. 


PRAISES
Holy, Holy, Holy, perfect Lord of Hosts, Heaven and Earth are Full of the Holiness of thy glory.
We worship thee, Eyesus Kristos, with thy merciful and Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, the Life giver, for thou did come and Save us.

I offer one worship to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. (repeat 3x)

Being one, He is three and being three He is one. They are three in persons and one in Godhead.

I worship before our Lady Mariam, Virgin and Mother of God, who is pure in flesh and in her soul.

I worship before the cross of our Lord Eyesus Kristos, which was sanctified by his precious blood.

The Cross is our Might,
The Cross is our Strength.
The Cross is our Ransom,
and the Cross is the Medicine of our Soul.

We who have believed in Him are Saved by the power of His cross

Glory be to the Father, Glory be to the Son, Glory be to the Holy Spirit (3x)

It is due to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (3x)

Glory be to our Lady Mariam, Virgin and Mother of God. It is due to our Lady Mariam, Virgin and
Mother of God.

Glory be to the cross of our Lord, Eeyesus Kristos. It is due to the cross of our Lord,
Eyesus Kristos.

Let Christ remember us in his mercy. Amen.
And not neglect us in his second coming. Amen.
Let Him awaken us in order that we may thank His name. Amen.
Let Him make us firm in His worship. Amen.
Our Lady Mariam, lift our prayers. Amen.
Ask forgiveness for all our sins. Amen.
Before the throne of our Lord. Amen.

To Him who gave us this bread.
For his mercy endures forever.
And to Him who gave us this cup.
For his mercy endures forever.
And to Him who have given us our food
and clothing.
For His mercy endures forever.
And to Him who endures all our sins.
For His mercy endures forever.
And to Him who gave us His Holy flesh
and His precious blood
For His mercy endures forever.
To Him who saved us from death.
For His mercy endures forever.
And to Him who preserves us to this
very moment.

‡ ALL PEOPLE SHALL SAY ‡
To Him let us give glory, giving thanks to God the Most High, and let us give thanks
to His mother and His Honorable Cross.

‡ ALL PEOPLE SAY THE LORD’S PRAYER
AND THE VIRGIN MARIAM PRAYER
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Peace be unto you, while honoring you our mother Mariam, we beseech you. We trust you to save us from evil beasts. For the sake of Hanna, thy mother and father Iyakem. O Virgin Mariam, today bless our congregation.
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TSELOTE EGZITENA MARIAM
(Prayer of Virgin Mariam)
Saint Luke Chapter 1 verses 46-55

And the Virgin Mariam said, my soul
Does magnify the Lord.
My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he has regarded the low estate of his
handmaiden; for behold from henceforth
all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty has done to me
great things; and Holy is His name.
And mercy is on them that fear Him from
generation to generation. He has showed
strength with His arm; He has scattered
the proud in the imagination of their
hearts. He has put down the mighty from
their seats, and exalted them of low
degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, in
remembrance of His mercy.
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham,
and to his seed forever and ever. Amen

source: Saint Mary's Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church in Ottawa

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Coptic Book of Hours, the Horologion (Agpeya)

I recently obtained a copy of the Coptic Horologion, or Agpeya. This edition is in both Arabic and English, uses the Revised Standard Version Psalms, which is my favorite version of the Bible. It Contains all Seven Hours of Prayers.This is the edition edited by Prof. Fayek M. Ishak.

It is presents a robust but manageable daily office. I prayed the compline and the prime (1st hour in the Coptic Cycle), and it takes about 25 minutes.

Here is a description of the Horologion with a little history from the Amazon.com page:

"This is a bilingual edition of the Devotions, and Prayers of the Canonical Hours. Basically of monastic origin, the rich heritage of selected Psalms, Gospels, Epistles, Petitions and Absolutions that correspond to the life and Passion of our Lord, was actually incorporated into Christian worship at first by the Church of Alexandria. It was then adopted by many churches in the west particularly in France and Italy in the early decades of the 6th century A.D. Throughout the years it has become obvious that the origin of the Horologion which is deeply rooted in desert devotional supplications has kept this office of prayer and psalmody in its purest for in addition to the overall Officium of fasting, private prayer, night vigil, silence and contrition of heart."

Below is the prayer of Thanksgiving recited each hour in the Coptic Horologion. Notice the trust in God for everything, and the acknowledgement of spiritual warfare.

Pope Shenouda III, of blessed memory, recommends the Agpeya as being a perfect prayer book, because it uses the Psalms, which are inspired by the Holy Spirit, and provide appropriate words for intercession and prayer.

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Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto Him, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Almighty, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.

O Master, Lord, God the Almighty, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, we thank You for every condition, concerning every condition, and in every condition, for You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto You, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour.
Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of mankind, to grant us to complete this holy day, and all the days of our life, in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men, and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us, and from all Your people, and from this holy place that is Yours.

But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us; for it is You Who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy.

 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, by the grace, compassion and love of mankind, of Your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, through Whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the adoration are due unto You, with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Life-Giver, Who is of one essence with You, now and at all times, and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Horologion- The Coptic Book of Hours (Agpeya)

I recently obtained a copy of the Coptic Horologion, or Agpeya. This edition is in both Arabic and English, uses the Revised Standard Version Psalms, which is my favorite version of the Bible. It Contains all Seven Hours of Prayers.This is the edition edited by Prof. Fayek M. Ishak.

It is presents a robust but manageable daily office. I prayed the compline and the prime (1st hour in the Coptic Cycle), and it takes about 25 minutes.

Here is a description of the Horologion with a little history from the Amazon.com page:

"This is a bilingual edition of the Devotions, and Prayers of the Canonical Hours. Basically of monastic origin, the rich heritage of selected Psalms, Gospels, Epistles, Petitions and Absolutions that correspond to the life and Passion of our Lord, was actually incorporated into Christian worship at first by the Church of Alexandria. It was then adopted by many churches in the west particularly in France and Italy in the early decades of the 6th century A.D. Throughout the years it has become obvious that the origin of the Horologion which is deeply rooted in desert devotional supplications has kept this office of prayer and psalmody in its purest for in addition to the overall Officium of fasting, private prayer, night vigil, silence and contrition of heart."

Below is the prayer of Thanksgiving recited each hour in the Coptic Horologion. Notice the trust in God for everything, and the acknowledgement of spiritual warfare.

Pope Shenouda III, of blessed memory, recommends the Agpeya as being a perfect prayer book, because it uses the Psalms, which are inspired by the Holy Spirit, and provide appropriate words for intercession and prayer.

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Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto Him, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Almighty, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.

O Master, Lord, God the Almighty, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, we thank You for every condition, concerning every condition, and in every condition, for You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto You, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour.
Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of mankind, to grant us to complete this holy day, and all the days of our life, in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men, and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us, and from all Your people, and from this holy place that is Yours.

But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us; for it is You Who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy.

 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, by the grace, compassion and love of mankind, of Your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, through Whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the adoration are due unto You, with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Life-Giver, Who is of one essence with You, now and at all times, and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.