Coptic Hymn for St. Mary – Atai Parthenos / “Today, this virgin…”


CHORUS
: Today, this virgin received honor. Today, this virgin received glory. Her clothing is woven with gold and adorned with many colors.

David moved the 1st string of his harp crying out and saying: At your right hand stands the queen O king (Ps. 45:9).

And he moved the second string from his harp crying out and saying: Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your own people also, and your father’s house (Ps. 45:10).

And he moved the third string from his harp crying out and saying: The royal daughter is all glorious within; her clothing is woven with gold (Ps. 45:13).

And he moved the forth string from his harp crying out and saying: Virgins shall enter to the king after her (Ps. 45:14).

And he moved the fifth string from his harp crying out and saying: Great is our Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain (Ps. 48:1).

And he moved the sixth string from his harp crying out and saying: The wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold (Ps. 68:13).

And he moved the seventh string from his harp crying out and saying: The mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan (Ps. 68:15)

And he moved the eighth string from his harp crying out and saying: His foundation is in the holy mountains. The Lord loves the gates of Zion (Ps. 87:1, 2)

And he moved the ninth string from his harp crying out and saying: Glorious things are spoken of you O city of God (Ps. 87:3).

And he moved the tenth string from his harp crying out and saying: For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation (Ps. 122:13)

– Rare Coptic hymn and not very well known

– The verses are made of prophecies by King David in the Psalms about the Virgin St. Mary the Theotokos

– It can be sung during St. Mary’s fast and feast days, and even during Kiahk (Nativity fast)

– Listen to it in Coptic by Cantor Ibrahim Ayad: http://tasbeha.org/media/index.php?st=Hymns/Other_Occasions/Glorification_for_Saint_Mary/Higher_Institute_of_Studies/Part2/16.Atai_Parthenos.1370.mp3

– Listen to it in Arabic and Coptic by HICS (Higher Institute of Coptic Studies) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd_JawWwrCc&feature=related

Have a blessed fast of the Virgin Mary the Theotokos! +

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2 thoughts on “Coptic Hymn for St. Mary – Atai Parthenos / “Today, this virgin…”

  1. I like the poems of the hymn it is very biblical and spritual.let God bless you.how can I get the hymn?

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