This album by St Mark’s Melodies and Asaph Tunes has been inspired by the poetry and prayers of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III who was the 117th patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church from 1971 – 2012.
As a young university student he wrote and recited poetry at university events and when he became a monk and later chose the solitary life, he continued his passion for writing poetry expressing the deep spiritual experiences he had with God in the cave in the desert of Egypt.
This album is a collection of some of his poems which has inspired many young people for decades. Some of the tracks are covers for earlier compositions others are a modern remix of these poems. In this album, St Mark’s melodies band has infuse both traditional and modern music to capture the depth of his words.
This album is mixed and recorded by St Mark’s Melodies and published by Asaph Tunes. It is one of the many albums that have been a collaborative work between St Mark’s Melodies and Asaph Tunes.
Asaph Tunes works directly with church groups to publish their work and present it to a wider audience through posting their work on all Internet radio platforms such as iTunes radio, spotify, Google Play.
This is what Pope Shenouda had to Say about coming back to God:
Come back to God once more. Come back to him with prayer. And what is prayer? Pour out your heart before God and say to Him: “O Lord, I want you. I want to come back to you. Please rescue me from my state and draw me back to You once again. Without you I am nothing. When I lost you, I lost my life. I lost my happiness and delight. My life became without any meaning or interest.”
Pour yourself out before God and say, “I want to come back to you, O Lord”, but “my enemies are stronger than me ” (Ps. 38:9). “Many are they who say of me, ‘There is no help for him in God.’”. (Ps. 3:2). Come back to God and say, “Lord, You carry me. And return me to you once more.” Tell him, “I lost my strength when I went far away from you. Give me some of your strength. Please give me the divine assistance to help me to return to You.” – Pope Shenouda
Author: Asaph Tunes and St Mark’s Melodies
Publisher Name: Asaph Tunes
Publisher URL: www.asaphtunes.com
Release date: 2019