3.23.2006

As Jesus may have sung it

I saw this both at Coming to the Quiet & Higher Plane.

Services in the Syrian Orthodox Church are conducted in Syriac, an ancient language similar to what Jesus spoke. Below is the text of the Lord's Prayer in Syriac. Listen to Father Tony Kasih, a Syrian Orthodox priest in Zaidal, Syria, sing the Lord's Prayer in Syriac.

Beautiful. Have a listen!

4 comments:

Lorem ipsum said...

I LOVE IT!

Don't know whether you know this, but I was baptized as a Maronite Catholic - that is, Lebanese! (Right next door to Syria.) Much of their Masses are conducted in Aramaic (which I suspect is very close to Syriac); we even had the priest who baptized me co-celebrate at our wedding.

So that chant sounded very... ancestrally familiar. Thank you.

Susan Rose, CSJP said...

There's a Maronite Catholic Church a few blocks from my parish. I've always wanted to check it out. And I hear they have an awesome Lebanese dinner each year!

Michelle said...

He he he -- Syriac is very close to Aramaic indeed as it's actually a dialect of Aramaic. :)

While it's not a particularly Catholic text (though he did used to teach at a Catholic college), Neil Douglas-Klotz has a really great translation of the Our Father from the Aramaic in Prayers of the Cosmos. It will feel very "New Agey" to many but having studied Hebrew (a little) and Arabic (a little more), it does make a bit of sense to me. And on a devotional level it's been really helpful.

Lorem ipsum said...

What Michelle said! I just learned tonight that Syriac is an Aramaic dialect. So Jesus would have understood it, no doubt about it.

And do check out the dinner. Might it be for Easter, the very best and appropriate time to make lamb? (Make sure it's cooked. Seriously.)