Happy Pesach to Jews!
Happy Easter to Catholics and Protestants!
Happy Palm Sunday to Orthodox, Armenian, Syrian, and Coptic Christians!
Lots of celebrating going on.
But it is also PsalmChallenge day, like every Sunday, hosted by Robert at Daily Athens Photo and today we are on Psalm 57.
As a treat I offer you Psalm 57 chanted in the Coptic Orthodox way, but in English!
1. To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.
Be merdiful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in thee my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of thy wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
2. I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfils his purpose for me.
3. He will send from heaven and save me, he will put to shame those who trample upon me. [Selah] God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness!
4. I lie in the midst of lions that greedily devour the sons of men; their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp swords.
5. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let thy glory be over all the earth!
6. They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. [Selah]
7. My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!
8. Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
9. I will give thanks to thee, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to thee among the nations.
10. For thy steadfast love is great to the heavens, thy faithfulness to the clouds.
11. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let thy glory be over all the earth!
UPDATE: Today's Jerusalem Post has a very interesting article about Egyptian Copts who are now here on Holy Week pilgrimage.
Apparently many of them now feel freer to come to Jerusalem since their pope died last month.
The leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt for four decades, Shenouda III was the spiritual leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian community (about 10% of the Egyptian population).
The late pope had issued an edict banning pilgrimages to Israel as long as Jerusalem is “occupied” by Israel.
Most of the hundreds of Coptic Orthodox pilgrims are elderly peasants who for the most part live impoverished lives back in Egypt and their pilgrimage costs a lifetime of savings.
I also learn from the article that the ancient Coptic liturgy is in the language that was the language of Egypt before the Arab conquest of the Nile Delta.