Aramaic Project No. 110 to 101 - Interviews and Performances - Video List

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Syriac hymn in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sung during the priestly ordination ceremony of Fr. Jojo Thalikasthanam, CMI

More Details of this chant available at

Note: Albeit growing up in the post-Syriac era of the Syro Malabar Church, Fr. Jijo Thalikasthanam, CMI acquired an interest in the Syriac language and music during his seminary formation. It is possible that Fr. Jojo’s older brother, Jarly Mathew, who is passionate about promoting the Syriac heritage of the Syro Malabar Church, influenced his younger brother. In any case, Fr. Jojo took a bold decision to include a few Syriac chants in the ordination ceremony. Jarly Mathew led the choir. Both Fr. Jojo and Jarly continue to promote the unique Syriac (East Syriac) and language and music among the Syro Malabar Catholics, in spite of the uncanny apathy from the Syro Malabar hierarchy toward the Syriac aspect of the Church. I look forward to recorded interviews with Fr. Jojo and Jarly. May God bless their enthusiastic efforts.

In this video, we hear one of the three melodies we know so far for this chant. We do not know who wrote the text or who composed the melody. It is possible someone in Kerala composed this melody in a six-beat (1 2 +1 2 3 4) meter that is popular in South Indian Karnatak classical music.

Joseph J. Palackal
New York
5 November 2018

4:19 St. Paul' s Church, Vezhapra, Changanacherry.
30 December 2012.

Joseph Thekkedath Puthenkudy (Rocky) in conversion with Dr. Joseph J. Palackal

Note: It was, indeed, a pleasure to talk to Joseph Puthenkudy, a young Syro Malabar Catholic who is passionate about the Syriac heritage of the St. Thomas Christians. Although not a singer, Joseph was initially attracted to the Syriac melodies of the Jacobite and Malankara churches near his mother’s native place. As a teenager, he used to think that only the Jacobite and Malankarites were Syriac Christians. Joseph's realization that he, too, was a Syriac Christian, changed the course of his life. Meanwhile, Joseph was lucky to get a collection of Syriac books that the sacristan of his local parish threw away in the garbage box. Someone’s garbage became his treasure. Possession of that treasure prompted him to learn to read and write the Syriac language and immerse himself in the study of the Syriac heritage of the Syro Malabar Church. Joseph became a resource person for the Aramaic Project. He volunteered to offer his service as a research assistant for the Project. The Christian Musicological Society of India is grateful to Joseph for granting permission to post this interview on our channel.

Joseph J. Palackal,CMI
New York
8 September 2018

29:22 Recorded at Shanthi Pavana Apts. Kadavanthara, Ernakulam, Kerala. 5 August 2018. -
103 Rev Dr Cherian Thalakulam, CMI in conversation with Dr. Joseph J. Palackal 12:34 Recorded on the premises of the Seminary of Immaculate Conception, Huntington, New York. 22 July 2014.

Fr Antony Sylvester Puthussery, CMI in conversion with Dr. Joseph J, Palackal CMI

Fr. Sylvester Puthussery, CMI (d. 2016), a member of the Sacred Heart Province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate. Specialist in Syro Malabar liturgy, singer of Syriac chants.

Note: Fr. Antony Sylvester Puthussery, CMI (d. 2016) was ordained a priest in 1957. The ordination ceremony was in Syriac as was his first Holy Qurbana. Therefore, Fr. Sylvester is a true representative of the transitional generation that lived through the change of the Syro Malabar liturgy from Syriac to Malayalam in the 1960s. Fr. Sylvester shares his concern about the gradual loss of the sensitivity toward the Syriac heritage among the younger generation of Syro Malabar bishops, priests, and laity as well. He thinks that the learning of Syriac language should be a part of the curriculum in the Seminaries and that all priests should be able to say the Institution narrative in Syriac. This interview took place a few months before Fr. Sylvester died on 5 November 2016, while he was undergoing treatment for a terminal illness. Fr. Sylvester was fully aware of his medical condition and was grateful for the borrowed time that was at his disposal. He even wrote a poem about death that he read on camera. He never lost his calm and his characteristic smile. We are grateful to Fr. Sylvester for agreeing to do this interview and share his valuable ideas.

Joseph J, Palackal
New York
27 August 2018

42:45 Recorded at Kripa Bhavan, Chunangamvely, Aluva, Kerala. 18 July 2016.

Fr. Sylvester Puthussery speaks about Palackal Thoma Malpan

During a friendly conversation on the Syriac heritage of the Syro Malabar Church (Aramic project 102 - Video), Fr. Antony Sylvester Puthussery, CMI veered to an assessment of the personality of Palackal Thoma Malpan (1780-1841), founder of the CMI Congregation. In the early 1980s, Fr. Sylvester visited the burial place of the Malpan at St. Mary’s Forane Church at Pallippuram and was surprised to see the unmarked grave of such a great man who made significant contribution to the Catholic group of the St. Thomas Christians who were under the supervision of the foreign missionary bishops. Fr. Sylvester thought that the CMI Congregation should have recognized the Malpan as its prime founder. Therefore, he took the initiative to organize a solemn event of placing a tombstone at the grave of the Malpan. The CMI Congregation should be grateful to Fr. Sylvester.

5:18 Recorded at Kripa Bhavan, Chunangamvely, Aluva, Kerala. 18 July 2016.

Sagdīnan mār. at First communion. Northern Virginia

First communion celebration begins with the famous Chirstological hymn in Syriac,Sagdīnan mār. St, Jude Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Northern Virginia, USA. 26 May 2018. We are grateful to Fr. Justin Puthuseery, Vicar, for granting permission to post this video on our channel.

6:56 St, Jude Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Northern Virginia, USA. 26 May 2018.