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Aramaic Project - I

Interviews and Performances - Video List

No. 90 to 81

AP 90 - 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.


AP 89 - Chavara archives at Mannanam. A treasure house for researchers.

The library and archives at St. Joseph's Monastery at Mannanam, in the Kottayam district of Kerala contain a vast collection of books, Manuscripts, and palm leaf documents that are relevant sources for researchers on Kerala history, Kerala church history, as well as the history of the Syriac language and liturgy in India.


AP 88 - Fr. Thomas Kanjirathumoottil conversation with Dr. Joseph J. Palackal.

Fr. Thomas Kanjirthumottil belongs to the generation of priests that lived through the transition of the Chaldean liturgy of the Syro Malabar Church from Syriac to Malayalam. He was ordained in 1964, two years after the Syro Malabar Church inaugurated the vernacular liturgy........


AP 87 - Bar Mariyam during priestly ordination of Fr. Kevin Mundackal.

In this video we see history in the making. For the first time, the ancient Syriac hymn, ""Bar mariyam"" (“Son of Mary”) is heard in the context of a sacerdotal ordination. Here is a deliberate attempt toward re-imagining the (East) Syriac heritage by the young generation of Syro Malabar Catholics in the USA.


AP 86 - Qandisa alaha, during the rite of priestly ordination of Rev Kevin Mundackal.

Fr. Kevin Mundackal’s priestly ordination was a unique event in the history of the Syro Malabar Church in the USA. This was the first sacerdotal ordination in the Chaldean rite of the Syro Malabar Church in America. The ordination took place at the St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Church at Somerset, New Jersey, on 5 May 2018.


AP 85 - Etha Pus Lek. From Funeral services for priests. lead voice: Fr. Cyril Thayyil.

Live recording from the funeral services for Fr. Thomas Vettikkal (1931-2017). Syro Malabar diocese of Pala, Kerala. Lead voice: Fr. Cyril S. Thayyil. This is a precious chant from the (East) Syriac repertoire of the Chaldeo-Malabar Church in Kerala.


AP 84 - Witawangunnen. Funeral services for priests. Sung by Fr. S. Sankoorikkal.

Live recording from the funeral services for Bishop James Pazhayattil (1934-2016)


AP 83 - Varghese Chiriyankandath, Sacristan and church musician.

This is a candid conversation with a church singer from the Syriac era, who served his parish church of St. Joseph's at Pavaratty., in the Diocese of Thrissur, in Kerala. Due to the unusual circumstances, Shri Varghese started as a sacristan at the tender age of ten........


AP 82 - Trilingual Syro Malabar Qurbana in Germany (German, Syriac, English).

 Recorded at Holy Cross Church, Frankfurt, Bornheim,Germany on Sunday 30-July-2017


AP 82a - Qandisa alaha during trilingual mass in Germany.

 Recorded at Holy Cross Church, Frankfurt, Bornheim,Germany on Sunday 30-July-2017


AP 82b - Laku mara. Resurrection hymn in Syriac, during trilingual qurbana.

The Celebration of the Syro Malabar Qurbana was part of a Christian Festival of India, under the direction of Dr. Rani Palackal Schmenger. The choir consisted of singers and instrumentalists from the Erlangen, Neurenburg areas. Recorded at Holy Cross Church, Frankfurt, Bornheim,Germany on Sunday 30-July-2017


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