Kiahk Praises 2013

This year we are excited to be celebrating Kiahk with all night praises ending with an early morning liturgy, on Friday nights. It's an amazing opportunity for kids, youth, and adults to get together in praising the incarnate Logos.

song-of-the-angelsThis year we are excited to be celebrating Kiahk with all night praises on Friday nights, ending with an early morning liturgy. This will be in addition to the usual kiahk praises, prayed on Saturday nights.

And what is Kiahk...? Kiahk is the name of the Coptic month, in which we celebrate Christmas, when "the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1: 14). As part of our celebration of this glorious feast, the Church instituted the Kiahk praises, sometimes known as sab3a we arba3a (seven and four), which refers to the four canticles (or hoos') and the seven Theotokias. It is similar to the midnight praises sung all year round, but a special joyful tune is used and there are also additional hymns - to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ for the incarnation, and venerate the Mother of God St Mary.

"And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name"" (Luke 1:46-49).

Dates: Friday 20th December, Friday 27th December and Friday 3rd January
Times: 11pm – 3:30am Kiahk Praises, 3:30am- 5:30am Divine Liturgy

NB: Praises and liturgy will be mostly in English.

This is a wonderful chance to experience heaven on earth, as we join with the angels in praising our most worthy Lord and Saviour, before we then meet Him on the altar, and partake of His Holy Body and Blood.

For those of you who can't make it on Friday nights or prefer more of a mix of Coptic and Arabic as well as English, there will also be Kiahk praises each Saturday night also.

Dates: Saturday 21st December, Saturday 28th December, Saturday 4th January.
Time: 7pm – 12am

"He took what is ours, And gave us what is His, We praise and Glorify Him, And exalt Him" Friday Theotokia

"You know what happens when a portrait that has been painted on a panel becomes obliterated through external stains. The artist does not throw away the panel, but the subject of the portrait has to come and sit for it again, and then the likeness is re-drawn on the same material. Even so was it with the All-holy Son of God. He, the Image of the Father, came and dwelt in our midst, in order that He might renew mankind made after Himself..." St Athanasius, On the Incarnation

St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in London is one of the oldest Coptic churches in the lands of the immigration, and one of the first to be supported and cared for by our beloved patriarch, HH the late Pope Shenouda III.

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