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AP 12a

Part Number Part I - Syro Malabar Church
Title Wita wangunnen. Fr. Abel CMI. funeral for priests.
Duration 5:09
Place of Recording ASA Music Productions in Mount Vernon, New York.
Date of Recording 22 July 1998
Youtube URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvvumnVVcC8
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Wita wangunnen. Fr. Abel CMI. funeral for priests

"Witawangunnen." Fr. Abel sings his own (free) translation of the Syriac chant, "Etha pus lek" (farewell O church) from the Funeral services for priests in the Syro Malabar Church. The song was recorded at my request in July 1998, during Fr. Abel's visit to the USA. We have also posted another recording of the same text by Fr. George Plathottam. THe melody is the same albeit individual variations. For example, the highest pitch in the melody is arrived at in the second phrase in Fr. Abel's rendering, where as the highest pitch happens in the opening phrase in Fr. Plathottam's melody (https://youtu.be/IbeR8i2B1Dg). The CD, "Qambel Maran: Syriac chants from South India" (PAN Records, Netherlands, 2002) includes this chant in the voice of Fr. Probus Perumalil, CMI (https://youtu.be/l4eFJi2oBKg). The ordering of pitches is similar to that of Fr. Abel.

Wiṭawāngunnēn (May I Take Leave)

1. Wiṭawāngunnēn paripāwanamām
Baliwēdikaye wiṭawāngunnēn.
Muṛapōlinimēl balicheywathināy
Nin padatāril warikilla ñān.


May I take leave,
O ever sacred Altar of Sacrifice,
.may I take leave.
From now on,
as usual to offer Sacrifice
At your footsteps I shall not come.


2. Wiṭawāngunnēn dēwālayame,
Wānawaṛ pāṭum paramālayame,
Swaṛggānandam wiḷayum
ninnil Patiyillinimēl enpādangaḷ.

May I take leave,
O House of God,
O supreme dwelling where heavenly beings [angels] sing,
In you where heavenly bliss abound,
Shall not tread anymore my feet.


3. Wiṭawāngunnēn dēwālayame,
Wānawaṛ pāṭum paramālayame,
Kīṛttana gānam pāṭunnatināy
Tirusannidhiyil warikilla ñān.


May I take leave,
O House of God,
O supreme dwelling where heavenly beings sing,
To sing the songs of praise,
To the sacred Presence I shall not come.


4. Iniyen pṛiyare,
pōkunnu ñān Antimayātṛa wandanamōṭe.
Dēwālayame, pōkunnu ñān
Kaṛmangaḷkkāy warikillinimēl.


Now, my beloved people,
I am going,
With the final journey’s farewell;
O House of God,
I am going;
For the rituals I shall not come anymore.

Dr. Joseph J. Palackal
New York
9 Feb 2018

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