Audio Coptic Liturgies on CoptNet
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One
CoptNet is thrilled to announce our Audio Liturgies on the Web project.
As it is still in its infancy, we ask for your patience and support, as well
as your prayers. We've digitized and uploaded our first Liturgy to the
web, a beautiful Gregorian Liturgy by Father Mina Rizkalla in Melbourne,
Australia. Fr. Mina and his Church already distribute this Liturgy on CD
for a small fee, but he was kind enough to give us permission to put it
on the internet anyway. This Liturgy is only in Arabic and Coptic, but
we're working hard on acquiring an English Liturgy. Eventually, we'd like
to bring you many other treasures of our Coptic vocal heritage, including
audio recordings for learning the proper responses in Church as well as
hymns, praises and other Liturgies. God willing, this is only the beginning.
Here's how it works. If you have a fast computer with sound support
(sound card and speakers), then you should be able to come to this page
and listen to a beautiful Coptic Liturgy. You should also be able to download
it to your computer so that you can listen to it at anytime, without being
connected to the internet. In order to do this, you'll need some special
software to play MP3 music files, which is the data format we're using
to distribute this Liturgy.
With just a little bit of set up work, you could listen to this beautiful
Coptic Liturgy anytime you want, from your computer, whether its located
at work, in school, or at home. You don't need a tape player or CD player,
and you don't need to bother carrying around and losing tapes and CDs.
Of course, if you're at work or school, you might want to use headphones
instead of speakers so you don't disturb your colleagues. This service
is completely, absolutely, free. There are no advertisements on our web
pages and no one will be sending you requests for donations. If you do
wish to make a donation on our behalf though, we suggest giving to the
poor and defenseless. If you're a computer expert, then please help other
people who may have trouble setting this system up. If you so desire, then
you put copies or links of the Liturgy on your web page. For more information
on distribution, see the Legalese.
If you're already setup to listen to MP3 (MPEG-1 Layer-III) files, then
click on the files below to start listening to the Liturgy. If that doesn't
work, then you'll need to click here to setup your computer
to play the Liturgy.
The Holy Coptic Orthodox Liturgy according to St. Gregory
Legality and Legalese
The whole question of public network distribution of electronic recordings
is a very, very murky area, legally speaking. Due to the dearth of clear
and consistent statutes, rulings, and enforcement policies, no can really
say what artistic protections are provided to authors who distribute their
recorded work over the internet. What we can say is that as a published
work, this liturgy is Copyrighted exclusively by Fr. Mina Riskalla
of The Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Anthony and Archangel Michael in Melbourne,
Australia. Additional legal protections may also apply.
In any event, Fr. Mina has given us permission to post this beautiful
Liturgy to the internet community for the benefit and spiritual growth
of everyone. As we offer you this beautiful gift out of Love, we encourage
you to assist others in accessing it and give copies to anyone you think
would benefit from it. We do ask that as you have received this gift for
free, you also offer it to others for free. If you wish to purchase copies
of this Liturgy on CD, please contact Fr. Mina Rizkalla of The Coptic Orthodox
Church of St. Anthony and Archangel Michael in Melbourne, Australia, since
he is already selling CDs of this Liturgy. Finally, you may store this
recording on your computer's hard disk, you may link your home page to
this page, and you may store the Liturgy files directly on your home page,
but we ask that you not modify the Liturgy in any way, that you include
the address for this page as well as the copyright and legal license for
use that follows whenever you publish or distribute this recording. If
you find these restrictions too limiting, please contact us and we can
work out some other kind of license on an individual basis. We're not lawyers,
we're just a group of Copts who are trying our best to share something
so beautiful with the rest of the community. We really can't force you
to abide by our simple requests, but we are asking you to do so.
This Liturgy is provided to you under certain restrictions. Downloading
this Liturgy constitutes legal acceptance of the terms and conditions set
forth here, as well as any further conditions to be imposed in the future
by the copyright holders of this recording or CoptNet. These restrictions
include, but are not limited to, the following:
you may not sell this liturgy in any form or on any recorded media, including,
but not limited to, cassette, compact disk, digital audio tape, optical
disk, hard disk, or any other distributable media. You may not accept payment
of any kind in exchange for this Liturgy under any circumstances.
You may redistribute this liturgy at no cost provided this notice is included
with it and provided that you make absolutely clear to the recipients that
this liturgy is Copyrighted exclusively by Fr. Mina Rizkalla of The Coptic
Orthodox Church of St. Anthony and Archangel Michael in Melbourne, Australia.
Under no circumstances does transferal of this electronic recording in
any way, shape, or form invalidate or restrict this usage license or the
respective copyrights associated with this recorded Liturgy.
No warranty of any kind whatsoever, express or implied, as to the quality,
content, or originality of this recording is made. Downloading of the recording
constitutes acceptance of this statement. Neither the Copyright holders
nor CoptNet nor anyone acting in the capacity of an officer of CoptNet
shall be held liable in any way for this recording.
How to listen to the Coptic Liturgy on your computer
The Liturgy is distributed (for now) as a collection of MPEG-1 Layer III
files. Eventually, we'll make the Liturgy available in RealAudio format
as well. In order to listen to MP3 files on the web you need three things:
If you don't have an internet connection, then sorry, this is not for you.
Although you can open a connection once and download the entire Liturgy
to your computer so you can listen to it without connecting to the internet
ever again, you need to be able to connect at least once. If your machine
is not fast enough, for example, if you have an 8086, 8088, 80286, 80386
or an older Mac, then your won't able to listen to the Liturgy and again,
this is not for you. The reason you need a fast machine is because we distribute
the Liturgy in an incredibly compressed form, compressing the digital audio
data by a factor of 20. Such powerful compression requires very complex
mathematics and a lot of number crunching in order to decompress it. That's
why you need a relatively fast computer.
A fast computer. For Intel machines this means a pentium class microprocessor
or better. In theory you can use a 486 class machine that runs at 100 Mhz
An internet connection. If you're reading this right now on your computer
over the network in Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer or some other
browser, then you should be fine.
An MP3 file player. Try clicking on the Liturgy file above. If you get
an error message, or a dialog box for saving the file, this means that
you do not have the appropriate software for playing MP3 files.
Now, provided you have at least a temporary internet connection and
a sufficiently fast machine, you need to do three things:
Get an MP3 player from the internet, and install it.
Configure it for your computer (the installation program
may do this automatically).
Test it out by clicking on this Liturgy file.
Step 1: Finding an MP3 Player
MP3 is the compressed audio format we are distributing the Liturgy in.
If you don't have an MP3 file player, then you'll need to download one
from the web and install it on your computer in order to listen to the
Liturgy. If you're new to the web, grab your local computer geek (s/he's
the one with glasses, zits, a seedy voice, a stained plaid tie, and an
MIT class ring), show him this web page and ask him to help you out. In
return, even though you don't have to, its customary to tip your local
geek with a large pizza. My personal suggestions for MP3 players are as
Daily Updated MP3
Software by Jimmy Gunawan
Mp3 Players by
Players at MP3.com
The Layer3 Software Page
Mp3 Players at Das MP3
The MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 Directory
Dare Demon's MP3 Players
MPEG Players list at Nordic
MPEG Layer 1, 2,
3 players , coders & decoders etc
Players at www.mpegaudio.com
Mac users can look at Macintosh
Just in case none of the above gets you a working MP3 decoder, here are
some more suggestions, courtesy of www.mpeg.org,
an excellent clearinghouse for all kinds of information on MP3.
If you're running Windows 95, 98, or NT, I'd suggest you grab WinAmp,
an excellent shareware player made by Nullsoft.
If you're running a Macintosh, try MacAmp.
If you're running some variant of Unix, especially Linux,
then you're best bet is X11Amp,
a freeware WinAmp clone that runs under X11. For Red Hat Linux users, you
can get an RPM file for x11amp at the RPM
archive. If you're like me, then you'll also want a command line MP3
player. For that I'd suggest the freeware program mpg123,
since it comes in source form and should compile on just about anything.
For other lists of Layer 3 (MP3) players, check:
For DOS try MpxPlay,
For Windows 3.1 try AudioActive
For Windows 95/NT try Wplay,
MusicMatch Jukebox, Breathe,
NovaStation, or the ActiveMovie
For Macintosh try MacAmp, the
old MacAmp, MPEGAud, Vamp,
Oliver Dreer's Player,
For Amiga try mpegaudio,
or look at this
list of Amiga players.
For OS/2 try PM123,
at the os2ss archives.
For BeOS try Xaudio.
For Solaris (sparc and x86) try Xaudio,
mpg123 or mpeg3play.
For Linux try Xaudio,
For FreeBSD try Xaudio,
mpg123 or mpeg3play.
For SunOS, IRIX, HP-UX and AIX try mpg123
For other Unix platforms try mpg123
Step 2: Installing and Configuring your MP3 Player
Once you've downloaded and installed an MP3 player, you'll need to install
it. If you're running a Windows machine or a Mac, then the software installation
program should automatically configure your browser to work with the MP3
player. If it doesn't, then you need to select the helpers or applications
menu from your web browser's preferences menu. Once there look for an entry
for the file type MP3; If it isn't already there, add an entry for mp3.
Make sure that its MIME type is audio/x-mpeg, and that the application
field points toward the MP3 player program that you installed. If you're
running a Unix box, then by all means try the above steps from your browser.
If you can't or if it doesn't work, then try adding the line "audio/x-mpeg
mp3" to the file .mime.types, creating it if necessary. After that, you'll
probably want to edit your .mailcap file to include the line "audio/x-mpeg;
mpg123 %s", without the quotes of course, being sure to change mpg123
to the full path name of the MP3 player that you installed..
In addition, if you want to listen to the Liturgy as its being received,
in real time, i.e., as streaming audio, then you will need a very fast
network connection. Specifically, you need a cable modem, satellite connection,
or direct network connection to the internet. Our MP3 files are coded for
128 kbits/second, so your internet connection will need to handle at least
16 kilobytes per second continuous download.
To enable audio streaming under Unix, you'll need to modify the audio/x-mpeg
entry in your .mailcap file to look like "audio/mpeg; mpg123 -; stream-buffer-size=20000",
where you replace mpg123 with the full path name of your mp3 file player.
If you have problems with error messages, try using "audio/mpeg; mpg123
- 2>/dev/null; stream-buffer-size=20000" in your .mailcap file instead.
Step 3: Testing it all
Now comes the moment of truth. Try clicking on the Liturgy files above.
If you hear Fr. Mina singing after a brief delay, congratulations! If you
don't, then something's wrong. Try rereading this document in its entirety
and asking your local computer geek for help. If all else fails, try emailing
me at the address at the bottom of the page. But please, try really hard
If you can't your browser to open the file directly, then try saving
it for download. Once you save it on your local hard disk, you should be
able to manually start you mp3 player application and open the file locally.
If you only see a big mess of funny characters when you click on the Liturgy
above, then try clicking with the right mouse button on the Liturgy and
selecting Save to Disk on the resulting popup menu. Also, on some Windows
or Macintosh MP3 player applications, you can directly enter the URL for
an MP3 file to play without bothering with your web browser at all. To
use this feature, open your web browser, jump to this page, find out the
address of the Liturgy MP3 files, and type that address into your MP3 player
after asking it to play an internet location or address.
Warning: The Liturgy files are extremely large. They consume approximately
70 megabytes of disk space for about 2 hours of music. Please do not
email the Liturgy or pieces of it to individuals or discussion lists,
since its so large that it will clog most email systems and seriously disrupt
network traffic. Instead, send people links to this page, or the actual
address for it.
The author of this page is an anonymous
computer geek who needs all your prayers very much. He goes under the
pseuodonym Qoholeth and he can be reached by email at Qoholeth2@netscape.net
"He is the longed for, and the one who longs, he is the arsonist --
and he is the scorched."