Hymns of St. Basilius Mass

Ten oo oasht: 

“We worship the Father of Light, His-Only Begotten Son and the Holy Spirit, the One Essence Trinity”. It is called “Hymn of the Holy Trinity” or “Hymn of the blessing”. Chanted at the end of the offering of morning incense as a preparation for the Lamb Offering.

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Shere Mareia ti oaroa:  
“Hail to Mary the Queen…” Chanted before the Lamb Offering at the royal door “altar”. The Lamb is the King and Virgin Mary is the Queen who sat at His right hand in her gown interwoven with gold (Psalm: 45).

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Kerie eleison:  
A Greek word meaning “Lord have mercy”. It is repeated 41 times as if begging the mercy of God with insistence. The number 41 indicates the 39 lashes that the Savior has suffered + the beat with the reed + the stab with the lance.

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Alli al korban:  
Ancient hymn mentioned in the law 40 of Pope Athanasius the apostolic. The hymn has no words except “a”, the first letter of “Alleluia”. It acts as a long introduction to the short hymn “Alleluia fai pe pi”, drawing with tones only the tour of Jesus’ life from the baptism up to the resurrection.

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Alleluia fai pe pi:  
“This is the day that the Lord has made. Set us rejoice and be glad in it…”. (Psalm 118: 24-26). Chanted in the procession of the Lamb in Sundays, feasts and the Holy Pentecost.

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Doxa Patri ke Eioa:       
“Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Chanted after the Lamb procession. This gospel faith has different melodies in several occasions.

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Nee savev teero:     
All the wise men who craft threads of gold, make a garment of Aaron according to the honour of the priesthood of our honored father, the Pope, Abba Shenouda, as the Lord has ordered Mosios (Exit 28: 3). Chanted after the prayer of thanksgiving in the presence of the Pope or the Bishop.

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Soatees amen:     
“Saved, Amen, and with your spirit”. Chanted when the priest covers the oblations with the Prosferin (altar cloth) to hide it from being seen as a sign of Jesus’ disappearance and escape to Egypt.

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Tai shoari:      
(Song of the Virgin) “This is the censer of pure gold…” The censer reminds us with the Virgin Mary who bore the blessed embers of divinity in her viscera and the bush that Moses saw in the desert which, though was on fire, it did not burn up. During chanting this hymn, the priest turns around the altar 3 times and then around the congregation while carrying the censer.

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Hiten ni:    
(The hymn of the intercessions): A number of verses having nearly the same repeated melody, where the congregation, through the intercessions of His saints, beg with a constant response: “O Lord, grant us the forgiveness of our sins”.

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Ee aghapi:     
The love of God the Father, the grace of the Only-Begotten Son, our Lord and the communion and gift of the Holy Spirit, be with our most righteous father Papa Abba Shenouda…” The greatness of the melody expresses the meaning where it is chanted in the presence of the Pope after reading a chapter from the Epistle of St. Paul.

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A pet jeek evol:    
Called “The Catholic Epistle Response” The hymn establishes the concept of “Perfection and Blessing” through 2 different repeated musical phrases, the first with several tunes and the second with many words.

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Shere ne Maria:      
“Hail to you, Mary, the fair dove, who bore to us God the Logos (Word)”. The hymn is characterized by the style of “Melisma” i.e. “musical elongation”. Called: The Response of the Praxis”, a Greek word meaning “a doing or acting”. Chanted before reading a chapter of “Acts of the Apostles”.

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