Adam

A Coptic and one of the two melody types in the music of the Coptic Church. The other type is called WATUS. Coptic names have passed into the books of the Ethiopic as well. The Adam melody (LAHN) receives its name from the first word of the first verse of the Theotokia for Monday, “Adam again being sad.”

If the day is one of the first three of the week, that is, Sunday to Tuesday, the Theotokia of the day and its psali (and similarly the psali of the feast), the LOBSH, the DIFNAR, and the Th are sung to the melody of .

The second HOS (ode) and its Lobsh are, however, sung daily to the Lahn . Similarly, the Adam doxology is sung after the office of the in all the days of the week. The Adam ASPASMOS is also sung in the each day.

EMILE MAHER