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21 COPTIC LIONS, BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOSPEL SINGER ANDREA FRANCES

December 17, 2016

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Andrea Frances is an Australian songwriter and singer from Perth. Her music genre is Australian Melodic Indi-Folk, and it includes Gospel. On 2 October she released her newest song, and it is about the twenty-one Coptic martyrs (twenty Copts and one believed to be from Ghana) who were slaughtered by the Islamist Muslims in Sirte, Libya, in February 2015. The beautiful song is called “21 Lions”. Frances has sung the song, as she says, “In honour of the 21 Coptic Christian martyrs, and the present day persecuted Christian Church”.

The story of this song, Frances explains beautifully as follows:

“Early 2015, I happened upon the startling images of 21 young Coptic Christian men; twenty Egyptians and one African. They were led along a Libyan beach to be simultaneously beheaded by extremists. They’d been abducted and then given the choice to deny their God, or lose their life. They chose death, and I will be forever marked by their united, courageous faith. The martyrs’ families extended forgiveness to their executioners and expressed pride and joy in their boys’ lion-hearted resolution to their final moment. What is this Love that, instead of responding in violence or submission, lays itself down for something Higher, Truer and more Beautiful?”

Listen to Andrea Frances’ 21 Lions:

Here are the lyrics of the song:

Song, song, I heard a song
The sand it sang from African shores
Blood, the blood gave voice to song
Wild horses ran, waves peeled like Heaven’s bells

Heaven’s bells they rang
Eternal choirs sang
To their knees they sank
From the cup of Love they drank

Twenty one martyrs fell
Their hearts aroar with lions
Counting all as loss

Same, same, we are the same
Your brave, I sang from far Western shores
Blood, your blood runs rivers long
And strong the courage I must learn from

Brothers of the Cross
You’ve gained more than you’ve lost
Your lips called out for Christ
Following His sacrifice

Twenty one martyrs fell
Their hearts aroar with lions
Counting all as loss

Shame, shame, despise the shame
And set before you the joy, the joy
Love, love, what love is this
That chooses death before denial?

Twenty one martyrs fell
Their hearts aroar with lions
Counting all as loss
Gold separated from the dross
Gold separated from the dross
Gold separated

The reader can preview, buy and download songs from the album 21 Lions – Single including “21 Lions” on iTunes. You can buy the album for $1.69. Songs start at $1.69.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. nabil sabry Isshak permalink
    January 8, 2017 10:06 pm

    So moving; I wonder how many, including myself, can accept such barbaric death in for their faith

    Nabil

    On Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 9:33 AM, ON COPTIC NATIONALISM في القومية القبطية wrote:

    > Dioscorus Boles posted: ” Andrea Frances is an Australian songwriter and > singer from Perth. Her music genre is Australian Melodic Indi-Folk, and it > includes Gospel. On 2 October she released her newest song, and it is about > the twenty-one Coptic martyrs (twenty Copts and one bel” >

  2. Noah permalink
    March 6, 2017 5:17 am

    I am Very grateful to witness such martyrdom in this evil time may their prayer ,blessing and specially courage be upon all of us.

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