Something Coptic for your MP3 player

When I was looking for Orthodox monasteries that sold beeswax candles, I came across St. Antony Coptic Orthodox Monastery in the California Scete, in Barstow. “OK, I get it. Desert fathers. Mohave Desert.”

I’ve said it before: the Copts in America have some really good websites and are keen to preserve their liturgical culture in the United States and promote their God-honoring psalmnody. (I thought I had blogged about, but perhaps it was one of the entries that got eaten by a worm a couple of years ago.) But until I came across the St. Anthony site, I had never heard Coptic psalmnody in English. What a gift! And you may download Saturday Midnight Psalmnody! Put it on your MP3 player.

There is something typically Orthodox and maximalist about the chant, but tender and lovely, too, especially when chanting about the Myrrh-Bearing Women, the Three Children in the Furnace, and of course, the Virgin Mary. But the harmonies are tight, tight, tight. Love them.

There’s a lot of music there, so I’d get each of the canticles (note they start with Kyries but quickly move to English), “Arise O Children” “We Look at the Resurrection” and “We Follow You.” On the other hand, the “Commemoration of the Saints” does wear on one’s patience.
The neat thing, especially if you’re familiar with the texts even in passing, you can pick the chants up very fast.

Psalmody at St. Antony Coptic Orthodox Monastery

Categorized as Hymns

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. thx alot i tried listening 2 Hail to You Mary (Theotokia Part 7) and i just couldn’t get enough 21 times may be more awesome.
    i just have one reqest the texts been read from where can i grab them from thx again

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.