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Interviews and Performances - Video List

No. 190 to 181

AP 190 - Crowning of Anju Koovaplackal & Bijo Kattuvallil reclaiming an old tradition.

Reclaiming an old wedding custom. The Crowning ceremony of Anju Koovaplackal and Bijo Kattuvallil A new trend among young Syro Malabar Catholics to introduce a ritual that is not in the official ritual.....


AP 189 - "MAR WALAH" for post-communion meditation.

“Mar Walah” (“My Lord and my God ;” John 20:28) is the most succinct profession of faith in Jesus Christ as both God and Man. It was Thomas the Apostle who first used the term, ALAHA (God), to refer to Jesus. The word is more profound than Misiha (Messiah) that St. Peter used in answer to the question, “But who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29).......


AP 188 - The joy of singing Syriac chant.

Norah Bibin, Noah Bibin, and Jonah Bibin sing the Trisagion , Qandisa alaha in Syriac.....


AP 187 - The oldest Christian chant in India, Bar Maryam?/ Vatican Radio.

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal, CMI answers a question from Fr. William Nellkkal, the director of the Malayalam section of the Vatican Radio, on the oldest Christian chant in India. What follows is an interesting and intellectually stimulating conversation on the research possibilities on Christian music of India. This was the second interview on Vatican Radio. Broadcast on January 2016 http://thecmsindia.org/bar-maryam-son...


AP 186 - Two young boys sing the Syriac alphabet.

Nebil Aneesh and Joel Aneesh, sing the Syriac alphabet at home, Melodic design by Thoma Mathai Thalikasthanam, Nasrani Foundation, Title music: Bar Maryam on piano by Catherine Felix....


AP 185 - Catherine Felix plays the Syriac chant "Bar Maryam" (Son of Mary) on piano.

Catherine Felix of Northern Virginia, USA, plays the melody of Bar Maryam on piano. Music notation by S. Sebastian. Text and staff notation, see: thecmsindia.org/bar-maryam-son-of-mary....


AP 184 - CMI fathers in North America learn, "Bar Maryam" (Son of Mary).

The CMI fathers in North America learn the famous Syriac chant, Bar Maryam (Son of Mary), to sing at the end of night prayers. Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, New York. 13 February 2020.....


AP 183 - FATHER VS SON: Dr. Thomas Kalam vs Philip Kalathil.

Contrasting views on the vernacularization of the Syro Malabar liturgy (1962). Dr. Thomas Kalam recalls a conversation between his father, Philip Kalathil, who made a special visit to the CMI Novitiate House in Chethippuzha to speak to his son, a CMI novice at that time. Philip's request was to have his son promise that he would not celebrate the Syro Malabar Qurbana in the vernacular.....



Paily Vathappally, retired church musician at St. Mary's Forane Church at Pallippuram, Cherthala, in a candid conversation on the life of church musicians in the Syriac era. Interviewed at his home on a hot humid and rainy day in July.....


AP 181 - Mar Joseph Powathil: Burning with zeal for the Syro Malabar Church.

It was indeed an honor to have a conversation with retired Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil, a valiant son of the Syro Malabar Church. Mar Powathil spent the formative years in a multi-ritual context in Pune, where there was not much opportunity to master the nuances of the Syriac language.....


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