BRIEF HISTORY OF ST YARED
Priest, Saint, & Composer
Books: Digua, Tsome Digua, Miraf, Zemarie, Mewasete
St. Yared is a saint who wrote the hymnody of the Church in the 6th Century A.D. Inspired by the Holy Spirit and moved by a deep love of the Church, he composed all the hymns of the church with musical notations. He created special hymns and musical variations for different occasions and seasons. The hymns of St. Yared are original, melodious, uplifting and inspiring. As the hymn is made to glorify and praise God, the cantor who sings it is completely absorbed by the religious tune. It is performed in a humble rapturous mood and with delicate movement. Due to the deep feeling of joy and the sense of piety it arouses, it is described as hymn akin to the song of the angels in praise of God. The hymn of St. Yared is the central and most beautiful element of Orthodox worship. Each Sunday of our church has a theme, a mezmur, that the church ruminates on for that day.
“Albo im-qidmiehu we-albo im-direhu mahletay Yared kahn yekelehe tinsaiehu īyadu insisa we-sebi imneselase zemahu.” meaning:
“Before him and after him there is no man of hymn like him. Yared the priest speaks about the resurrection of the Lord. Other men and animals cannot compare with him."
Zemene Tsigie | Season of the Flower
Mes. 26-Hidar 5
Zemene Astemhiro | Season of Learning
yehayu we-yihubiwo im-werq Areb; we-zelfe yi'tsieliyu be-intīahu;
we-kulo amīre yidhiriwo::
He shall live, and there shall be give Him from the gold of Arabia;
They shall pray continually because of Him, All the day long shall they bless Him.
Zemene Asteriyo | Season of Revelation
Nazareth | Nazriet
nahu sema’inahu be-iefrata; we-rekebnahu wiste ome gedam;
nibewi’i inkese wiste ibyatīhu leIgzīabhier:: Ps 131
Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; We found it in the plains of the wood,
Let us enter into His tabernacles; Ps 132
tisiebiho iyerusaliem leIgzīabhier 'Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem
we-sebihīyo leAmlakikī tsiyon 'Praise your God, O Zion!
isme atsni'a menasigte hohatikī 'For He has strengthened the bars of your gates Ps. 147
ze-yatsegiba im-bereketu le-fitwetike 'who satisfies your desire with good things;
ze-yihiedisa keme nisir ze-wirzutike 'and your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
gebarie sahl Igzīabhier 'the Lord shows mercies' Ps. 102
Yekatit | February
Abiy Tsom | Great Lent
Temple | Mikurab
Isme qinate bietike belAnī ti’irtomu le-ile yiteyeruke wedqe la’ilieye we-qetsa’ikiwa be-tsom le-nefsiye
For the zeal of Your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who disgraced You fell on me. I bent down my soul with fasting Ps. 69:10-11
Nicodemus | Niqodimos
Tinsa'ie & Dagmay Tinsa'ie | Holy Resurrection & Thomas' Sunday
zatī ilet inte gebre Igzīabhier nit’fesah we-nit’hasey batī, o Igzīo adhin’so
This is the day the Lord made; let us greatly rejoice and be glad therein. O Lord save us now. Ps. 117:24-25