The Heritage of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Fraction of Lent

March 17, 2007

One of the Fraction of Lent melodies, recorded by Andrew Basanti, Alexander Malek, Mark Mikhail, and Peter Sedrak.

Duration: 6:13 · Filesize: 7.11 MB
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Blessed are those who have mercy
Who give to the poor and fast and pray
The Holy Spirit will fill their hearts
The Son will show them mercy on Judgment day.

Moses fasted for forty days
To be purified in body and spirit
To receive from God the two tablets
With the Ten Commandments on them written.

When Moses saw the Almighty God
His glory filled Moses with grace.
The people of Israel covered their eyes

They could not look at his radiant face.

Fasting and prayer of the prophet Daniel
Saved his life in the lions den
The Lord kept shut the lions mouth
For God protects His holy men.

Blessed are those who have mercy…

Elijah fasted and prayed that the sky
For three and half years would not rain
That the Israelites who went astray
Would fell hunger, agony and pain.

As they repented he asked the Lord
To bring the rain with His mighty hand.

The Lord opened the gates of heaven
Rain and rejoicing filled the land.

Fasting and prayers of Ninevah
As they appealed to God above
When they repented God forgave
Their sins and filled them with His love.

Blessed are those who have mercy…

Fasting and prayers of the disciples
Spread God’s Word to every nation.
Baptizing and preaching the Holy Gospel
Healing and bringing salvation.

Fasting and prayers of the martyrs

Gave them the power to stand the pain.
Knowing that even losing their lives
Is nothing compared to their heavenly gain.

Fasting and prayers of the righteous
And cross-bearers kept them living.
In the caves and deserts and mountains
Because of their love for Christ the King. 

Blessed are those who have mercy…