Traditional Byzantine Christmas Hymn in Arabic

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Fr. Stephen is a retired Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, and Face to Face: Knowing God Beyond Our Shame, as well as the Glory to God podcast series on Ancient Faith Radio.



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18 responses to “Traditional Byzantine Christmas Hymn in Arabic”

  1. fatherstephen Avatar

    I met many wonderful Arab Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land, particularly in Bethlehem, in Beit Shahour (the City of the Shepherds), and in Nazareth. This hymn reminds me of my time with them and of our need to pray for them and the peace of Jerusalem.

  2. Robert Avatar
    Robert

    Yes I can relate to this Father, as a member of the Antiochian Orthodox Church. Beautiful people. Beautiful hymn. Amazing lyrics.

  3. Wes Ellis Avatar

    Truly Beautiful

  4. Allen Long Avatar
    Allen Long

    Beauty transcends limitations of culture!

    Thank you for sharing this!

  5. fatherstephen Avatar

    I particularly think it is good for Americans to hear the praises of Christ in Arabic. It is a language that offered praise to Christ our God, long before it was the language of Islam. People need to know that there are many Arab Christians – and pray for them!

  6. Moses Avatar

    Thank you Father, finally a very clear audio Christmas chant in Arabic!

  7. Steve Avatar
    Steve

    The world can hear so much more!

  8. polemarchos Avatar

    http://s375.photobucket.com/albums/oo197/zpap2004/?action=view&current=_0002.flv

    A small offer. Greek byzantine Christmas Hymn from Mt Athos Vatopedi Monastery.

    MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS BROTHERS
    From Greece

  9. Robert Avatar
    Robert

    “I particularly think it is good for Americans to hear the praises of Christ in Arabic. It is a language that offered praise to Christ our God, long before it was the language of Islam. People need to know that there are many Arab Christians – and pray for them!”

    So true Fr. Stephen. And one doesn’t have to travel to Palestine to experience this. Visit your local Antiochian Orthodox parish.

  10. Moses Avatar

    This is sung by all Arab/English speaking Antiochian parishes in North America!

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  12. Andrew Avatar

    Arabic is a powerful and beautiful language for chanting.

  13. fatherstephen Avatar

    Andrew,

    There are over a billion people in the word who agree with you. And some of us are Christians!

  14. Mary Avatar
    Mary

    This chant is very beautiful! This is what Arabic chants were and are meant to be, before the Muslims made it their own. Growing up I’ve heard many Islamic chants in Arabic, but none of that is comparable to the Arabic chanting of Christians.

  15. Minerva Estephan Avatar

    Dear father Stephen,
    it is a beutiful voice & I would like to send to many people & friends to hear it. I am Melkite Catholic & I am an Arabic teacher & i like the idea & how it is made so I can show it to my students.
    God bless you & thank you very much. Merry Christmas & All the Best.

  16. Circuit Breaker Avatar

    i would always love to hear those christmas music with a very happy tune .*~

  17. اليسا…

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