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AP 234

Prof. Sebastian Brock and Fr. Palackal, CMI in conversation. Geneva Conference

Special thanks to Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve and Laus Plena Foundation

This is a very useful exchange of ideas between Prof. Sebastian Brock (Oxford University) and Dr. Joseph J. Palackal, CMI at the Syriac Music Conference at Geneva, on 20 March 2021. The history of the two different pronunciations of the Syriac language is still under the cloud. Prof. Brock traces bifurcation back to about the Seventh century.
1:12 20 March 2021 Webinar location
AP 233

Dr. Joseph Palackal's presentation at the Geneva Conference on Syriac music.


The SYRIAC MUSICAL TRADITION, An EASTERN HERITAGE: Exchanges & Influences. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 20 March 2021. Dr. Joseph J. Palackal Presents the Video and keynote lecture on: REVIVING THE SOUND, SENTIMENTS & MELODIES Of ARAMAIC CHANTS In INDIA. Revisiting the Past to Redefine the Future!

It was indeed an honor to represent the East-Syriac tradition of the Syro Malabar Church at the international Syriac music conference that Geneva Haute Ecole de Musique and Laus Plena Foundation organized in Geneva from 17-21March 2021. It was an opportunity to present the progress of the Aramaic Project in the last eight years and to show the world the uniqueness of the Indian tradition of Syriac music. The video presented on the occasion turned out to be a testimony to the enthusiasm of the young Syro Malabarians in different parts of the world. From the reactions from the participants, it was clear that the transference of the tradition to the younger generation was the most attractive part of the presentation. The enthusiastic readiness of the children to learn and sing Syriac chants gives us hope for the survival of the language and music at least for the coming generation. We can not know at this point what will happen in the future, both the presentation at the conference and the ongoing activities on the website will be a contemporary witness to the history of the Syriac language and music in the Syro Malabar Communities around the world. We are deeply indebted to the dedication and hard work of the Aramaic Project staff in Ernakulam, India.

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27: 26 20 March 2021 Webinar location
AP 232

The Syriac Musical Tradition Conference, Geneva 17-21 March 2021.


Presentation by Joseph J. Palackal, CMI. Saturday, 20 March 2021. 13:40 Hrs. Reviving the Sound, Sentiments, and Melodies of the Aramaic Chants in India: Revisiting the Past to Redefine the Future.

17:39   Various Recordings
AP 231

Pope Francis celebrates Chaldean rite-Qurbana (trilingual) in Iraq


Note: We are fortunate to have the link to this historical event in Iraq, thanks to Br. Joseph Thekkedath Puthenkudy's timely intervention. His Holiness Pope Francis celebrates Qurbana (trilingual) in the Chaldean rite. The trilingual (Syriac, Arabic, and Italian) approach is a way to connect with the past and the present. The Qurbana started with Glory to God in the Highest, in Syriac. The Resurrection Hymn (Laku Mara) and the Trisagion (Qandisa Alaha), too, were in Syriac. The rituals, the gestures, hymns, performance practices, the Cross's shape, and several other elements in this Qurbana are worth giving our attention to. There is much here to learn from and talk about. The Chaldean Catholics trace their roots to St. Thomas the Apostle. In the words of Patriarch Louis Sako, "…. And in the footsteps of St. Thomas, the Apostle of our country" (1:39:16). See our earlier video in the Music Ecumenism series: Aramaic Project-207/AP3-01 It is good to see how our brethren in faith worship using the same liturgy that we are familiar with in the Syro Malabar Church. This celebration is a papal gift to the St. Thomas Catholics in India. The Patriarch's take on the oriental heritage is interesting: "Our Oriental identity that is drawing from the source and not from the streams" (1:40:14). We hope the Syro Malabar scholars on liturgy and church history will use this video for further studies on the shared Chaldean Catholic traditions. Special thanks to EWTN Special thanks to Chaldean Patriarch and the Synod Special Thanks to the Vatican Media And the Resurrection Television channel Reference: Aramaic Project-207/AP3-01

Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York
12 March 2021

1:47:55 6-March-2021 Chaldean Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Baghdad
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