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Syriac Inscriptions (17th Century) at St. Mary's Forane Church, Pallippuram.
|Part Number||Part I - Syro Malabar Church|
|Title||Syriac Inscriptions (17th Century) at St. Mary's Forane Church, Pallippuram.|
|Place of Recording||St. Mary's Forane Church, Pallippuram|
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Syriac Inscriptions (17th Century) at St. Mary's Forane Church, Pallippuram
One of the side altars of St. Mary's Forane Church, Chennam Pallippuram, was built in Baroque style, probably in the seventeenth century. A sentence in Syriac is part of the ornamentation of the altar. It reads: Ha ennā amaḵōn īṯāyē adammā l’šūlāmmā d’yawmāṯā which means, “Behold, I will be with you until the end of the days” (Matthew 8:20). There are other public displays of information at this church in the Syriac script. It means that Syriac was an accepted language. As late as the 1950s, Clergy would write letters in Malayalam but sign their name in Syriac script. Public display of information in Syriac script indicates the intimacy of the language that Christians in Kerala had.