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Young Syro Malabar Catholics getting comfortable with bilingual Qurbana.

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AP 90 - Young Syro Malabar Catholics getting comfortable with bilingual Qurbana.
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AP 90

Part Number Part I - Syro Malabar Church
Title Young Syro Malabar Catholics getting comfortable with bilingual Qurbana.
Duration 11:56
Place of Recording St. Joseph's Monastery at Mannanam
Date of Recording 19-Aug 2017
Youtube URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdaVRltpGgA&t=415s
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Young Syro Malabar Catholics getting comfortable with bilingual Qurbana

Maria Joseph and Bro. Libin singing Syriac chants from memory

Note: In this video, we see two young Syro Malabar Catholics who are comfortable singing Syriac chants during Qurbana in Malayalam. We were walking to the St. Joseph’s Monastery (Mannanam) archive, when we heard the sound of Syriac chant coming from the Monastery Chapel a few feet away. We managed to find the singers after the mass for this interview. Both Maria Joseph and Bro. Libin, CMI sang the chants from memory. They admitted that they did not fully understand the meaning of the words, yet they enjoyed singing these chants. Maria said that the melodies elicited devotion. Worthy of special mention is how correctly Maria pronounced the phrase “Halleluiah” (“Hallel Yahweh,” “praise God”), instead of the inaccurate pronunciation, “Alleluia.” Brother Libin, a seminarian in the religious Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C. M. I.). joined us half-way through and Maria and Libin sang together the Syriac version of the Anthem of the Mysteries. Overall, these young singers give us hope of a resurgence of the Syriac tradition among the Syro Malabar Catholics.

Joseph J. Palackal
New York
19 May 2018

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