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Marriage of Ribin Jose and Reshma: Reclaiming an old custom.

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AP 141 - Marriage of Ribin Jose and Reshma: Reclaiming an old custom.
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AP 141

Part Number Part I - Syro Malabar Church
Title Marriage of Ribin Jose and Reshma: Reclaiming an old custom.
Duration 5:30
Place of Recording Major Archiepiscopal Marth Maryam Archdeacon Pilgrim Church, Kuravlingad
Date of Recording 25 May, 2019
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Marriage of Ribin Jose and Reshma: Reclaiming an old custom

Ribin Jose and Reshmi Babu decided to reinstate an old custom of crowning the bride and groom at the wedding ceremony. The St. Thomas Christians used to have this custom from ancient times. Since the middle of the twentieth century, only some groups continue to use it. Ribin and Reshmi, in consultation with Fr. Cyril Thayyil, the celebrant, decided to incorporate the Crowning into their ceremony. The accompanying chant was translated into Malayalam from Syriac. The chant is sung to the melody of the popular song Bar maryam (Son of Mary). This is yet another example of the younger generation of Syro Malabar Catholics warming up to the Syriac heritage of their forefathers. What is significant here is that the initiative is coming from the part of the laity and not the hierarchy. Clearly, Ribin and Reshmi took a bold step. We can only admire them. We are grateful to Ribin and Reshmi for allowing us to post this video on our channel.

Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York
24 July 2019

User Comments

  • വേരുകൾ ദുർബലം എങ്കിൽ വൃക്ഷം തീർച്ചയായും അധഃപതിക്കും. എന്നാൽ വേരുകൾ ശക്തമെങ്കിൽ മരം മുകളിൽനിന്നു വെട്ടിയാലും വീണ്ടും തളിർക്കും. ഇത് നമ്മെ പ്രകൃതി തന്നെ പഠിപ്പിക്കുന്ന പാഠമാണ്. ഇത് എന്നെങ്കിലും ഒരിക്കൽ സിറോ മലബാർ സഭ മനസ്സിലാക്കട്ടെ എന്ന് ഞാൻ മാറാൻ ഈശോ മിശിഹായോടു പ്രാർത്ഥിക്കുന്നു - Edwin Jose - August 1, 2019

  • Really brave step of incorporating old customs. Also Achans earthly voice really stands out... very nice - Sijo Mathews - August 1, 2019
  • I honestly can't get over how beautiful and meaningful this ceremony is ! ? The Syriac chants sung in malayalam are also heavenly and the choir has done a Great job in that ! - Anu James - September 30, 2019

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