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Hā qes slīwā [Behold the wood of the Cross]

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CMSI Ref Number 101-0030
Title Hā qes slīwa
Category Chants for Special Occasions
Liturgical Context Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday


This is the translation of the Latin Chant, Ecca lignum crucis ( Behold the Wood of Cross), for the veneration of the Cross on Good Friday. As in Latin tradition, the chant is sung three times, each time in a higher pitch register, However the roles are differently distributed. In the Latin rite the celebrant sings the first two of the three phrases, and the congregationsings the third ('come lets worship'). In the Syriac rite tht celebrant, the congregation, and the deacon sing each phrase consecutively. The Syriac chant has the same melody for all three phrases, unlike its latin counterpart.

Syriac Text
Text Courtsey - Joseph Thekkadath Puthenkudy


Transliteration & Translation (English)
Transliteration by Fr. Emmanuel Thelly C. M. I.

Transliteration Translation
Had min īrē th’īn wā āţā d'yaw lē kasyā.
W'maţmah wā bā l’en ruhānē w'pagrānāyē.
Had ruhānā wā izgandā b’subār bathnē.
Wawyōm yaldē n'heţ sangīyē wazmar śuwhā.
One of the angels was carrying the sign, which the Hidden One gave him;
By it he was stupefying the angels and men.
One angel became the messenger at the annunciation of his conception,
And on the day of his birth many descended and sang praises.

Available resources

Aramaic Project Recordings

S.No Occassion/Purpose/Context Artist(s) Youtube Link Aramaic Project Number Notes
1   Fr.Augustus Thekkanath CMI , Lonappan Arackal Video

2   Fr. Augustus Thekkanath, CMI Video 51 N  


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