АπϵηϬοιϲ – The Coptic Lenten Hymn of Apenchois

Something of the “Desert flavour” of the Coptic Lent can be experienced through this beautiful hymn.
coptic hymn
This hymn is sung in the Coptic Orthodox Church during the Fast of the Great Lent. It is sung solely in Coptic. The “Apenshois” translated is “Our Lord Jesus Christ fasted on our behalf for forty days and forty nights until He saved us from our sins. And we, too, let us fast with purity and righteousness, and let us pray, proclaiming “I have sinned, I have sinned. O my Lord Jesus, forgive me; for there is no slave without sin, nor mast without forgiveness.” Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy Kingdom come, for Thine is the glory forever.” then the concluding “Agios”.
Members of the Egyptian Coptic Choir stand near the chair of the late Pope Shenouda during mass at Abassaiya cathedral in Cairo
A traditional version sung by a Coptic choir is found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roFJ0wz0-ko
A modern, accompanied version by the David Ensemble [http://www.davidensemble.com/] is found at http://www.youtube.com
heavenly harp
Another version by the modern Heaven Harp Choir at St. Mary and St. John Coptic Church at Janaklise, Alexandria, is found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOZw4Sy8cXA


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