Pope Benedict :Syro-Malabar Church active in dialogue

On Monday Pope Benedict XVI received the newly-appointed Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, Archbishop George Alencherry, along with members of the Permanent Synod of the Eastern Catholic Church. Archbishop Alencherry succeeded to the helm of the Syro-Malabar Church - the largest of those founded by Saint Thomas – following the death of Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil earlier this year. Found primarily in Kerala southern India with more than 3.6 million believers, the Syro-Malabar Church is also the second largest Eastern Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome.

**Below the full text of Pope Benedict’s address to the delegation:
*I am pleased to greet you and the members of the Permanent Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church who have travelled to Rome in an expression of communion with the Successor of Peter, and I thank you for your kind words on their behalf and in your own name. This visit is a significant one, as it comes not long after your election as Major Archbishop. By coming here, you provide an eloquent sign of the hierarchical communion that you formally expressed in your recent letter to me requesting confirmation of your election.

Your predecessor, the late Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, has left a legacy upon which you and your brother Bishops will surely wish to build. In this context, I would like to recall the example of the two holy patrons of the Syro-Malabar Church, Saint Alphonsa Muttathupadathu and Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who were beatified by Blessed John Paul II, during his visit to Kerala twenty-five years ago. Later, the grace fell to me to canonize Saint Alphonsa in 2008.

At home, the Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala continues to enjoy the respect of the local community for its work in education and for its social and charitable institutions at the service of the whole community. I know that life for Christians has been complicated by sectarian mistrust and even violence, but I would urge you to continue to work with people of good will of all religions in the area, in order to maintain the peace and harmony of the region, for the good of the Church and that of all citizens.

Within the Church itself, there are encouraging signs of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life which will help you to maintain your pastoral outreach. To be kept in mind are the ongoing challenges in the formation of the clergy and religious, in Christian family life and in the pastoral care of your faithful. I commend you for your efforts to maintain the strength of your family structures, the quality of Catholic education and catechesis at every level, and your pastoral work with youth. I also encourage you to continue your good work in fostering vocations among young men and women.

In fidelity to the Gospel and to the grace bestowed upon us by Christ our Lord, you and your faithful have flourished at home and abroad in union with the universal Church. By fostering your own authentic liturgical tradition, your faithful have been nourished by word and sacrament in accordance with what was handed down to you by your fathers in the faith. I am also aware of pastoral initiatives in favour of Syro-Malabar Catholics scattered throughout the world. As I did during your Ad Limina Visit in April, allow me again to encourage you in this important task and, especially with regard to your pastoral outreach to Syro-Malabar Catholics living beyond your homeland, I ask you to do so always mindful of the essential need for cooperation with Catholic Bishops and pastors of other rites.

Your Beatitude, dear Brothers Bishops, with these few thoughts I commend you to the intercession of Saint Thomas, the great Apostle of India, Saint Alphonsa and Blessed Kuriakose. I assure you of my affection and prayers and I willingly impart to you, your clergy and religious and all those entrusted to your care, my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of grace and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ.














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CD with 29 chants, 16-page booklet in English, map, 7 photographs, and bibliography.
Chants in Syriac (Aramaic) from the Chaldean liturgy of the Syro-Malabar Church of the St. Thomas Christians. Includes chants from the liturgy of the Hours, Raza, funeral services, Syriac translation of Latin chants by St.Thomas Aquinas, and chants for special occasions such as wedding and celebration of the feast of the Blessed Virgin and saints.
Performers include Fr.Abel Periyappuram, CMI (1920-2001), Fr. Probus Perumalil, CMI, et al.
Recorded in Kerala, South India, in 1999 and 2000. (PAN 2085)
Recorded and annotated by Joseph J. Palackal
Publisher: PAN Records (Netherlands), 2002. (PAN 2085)
First edition: 2002
Reprint: 2009
Library of Congress Catalog : 2011620173

“Capturing the sounds of these melodies at this juncture is an imperative because, more than music, they are an integral part of the history of a people, linguistic soundscape of a region, and musical map of a country. Moreover, the performers are crucial witnesses to a transnational tradition that is in rapid transition.”

– Joseph J. Palackal

List of tracks:

Chants from the Liturgy of the Hours:
Awun d’wasmayya [Our Father in heaven] (2: 26)
Hallel hallel [Praise, praise] (2: 27)
Iso maaran m’siha [Lord Jesus Christ] (2: 51)
Maarya kolhon hawbay [Lord, all my faults] (1: 41)
B’endaan sapraa [In the morning] (2: 04)
Esthappaanos [St. Stephen] (1: 14)
Brik hannaanaa [Blessed is the merciful one] (1: 10)
Etpan al slotaa [Turn to the prayer] (1: 18)
Taaw n’yaqar [Come, let us honor] (1: 33)
Chants from Raza:
Sliwaa dahwaa lan [The Cross that became for us] (1: 32)
Dezdamman inja [O you who are invited] (1: 32)
K’taaawa rambaa [The great book] (1: 28)
Slaam lek maryam [Hail Mary] (2: 51)
Chants from the Services for the Dead:
Qambel maaran [Accept, O Lord] (4: 52)
La tekre laak [Do not be sorry] (2: 00)
Layka azal min ruhaak [Where flee from your Spirit?] (2: 15)
B’hadmin yaawmin [On one of the days] (1: 22)
Ettaa pus lek [Farewell, O church] (2: 19)
Syriac Translation of Latin Chants:
Quryelayson [Lord, have mercy] (5: 40)
Haa qes sliwa [Behold the wood of the Cross] (2: 02)
Sabbah lesan [Praise, my tongue] (1: 51)
Kollan dasne [Let us all offer; Syriac of `Pange lingua’ by St. Thomas Aquinas] (3: 17)
Taa laak ruhaa [Come O Spirit] (2: 46)
Slaam lek [Hail to you Mary] (1: 53)
Chants for Special Occasions
Bar maryam [Son of Mary] (2: 58)
Laak maar yaawsep [You, St. Joseph] (2: 02)
Sabbah l’maarya [Praise the Lord] (1: 52)
Hadmin ire [One from the angels] (1: 07)
B’eda d’yaawmaan [On this festival day] (2: 18)
English transliteration and translation of the Syriac text


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Katherine Morehouse: The Harp, vol. 23 (2008), pp. 414-416.










We, the Sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (SABS) started our missionary apostolate in East Africa on 1995. At present we have 50 sisters, in eleven communities in two different countries such as Kenya and Tanzania Our sisters are engaged in the field of Education, and healing ministry, Social Service.

Our sisters are teaching in the pre-primary, primary and secondary levels of residential as well as non-residential schools. We minister to the sick through dispensaries, health care centers and hospitals. Seeing the distorted face of our Lord in the most neglected of the society, our sisters take care of the victims of AIDS. Our sisters are providing loving care to 96 orphan children in the hospice programme and about 450 children in a community based project. All of them are affected by HIV positive and rejected by their families. We offer service also in the ‘Women’s welfare programme’ and ‘Youth animation project in connection with the different parishes where we have communities.

**Origin And Growth
**As the Adoration congregation of Kerala, India approached its second century, the global mission loomed in the horizon. In 1994, Mother Felicita, then Superior General, and her assistant Sr. Thecla, came to Africa to assess the possibilities of our missionary activities in East Africa. Based on what they saw and learned, they formed a vision for our mission in Africa. The plan was to have a central house and a number of houses whose functions could be monitored from the central house.

Accepting the invitation of Bishop Silas Njeru of Meru diocese in Kenya , the first group of Sisters – Sr. Mary Jerome, Sr. Catherine Kulathumkal, Sr. Tresa Palakkudy and Sr. Mary Kalathil from St. Thomas Province , Changanacherry – reached Meru, Kenya on 28 December 1994. The sisters were appointed as teachers in Consolata Girls High School in Meru. Due to ill health, Sisters Catherine Kulathumkal and Mary Kalathil went back to India in 1996. It marked a turning point in our ministry at Meru and we left the station. The other two sisters were sent to other centers.

Upon receiving the invitation of Bishop Justin Samba of the diocese of Musoma, Sr. Veronica, Sr. Rosebell Challissery and Sr. Maria Jose Kannampuzha, from S.H. Province , Ernakulam arrived in Musoma on 12 December 1995. They were assigned to teach in the Makoko seminary and to take care of the dispensary there. Sr. Maria was appointed as bursar for the seminary. In 1996, we accepted the invitation of Rev. Fr. D’Agostino, S.J. to look after the orphan children infected and affected by HIV virus. The children of God Relief Institute, Nyumbani” – the hospice for the orphan children - was situated at Karen in the Archdiocese of Nairobi Sr. Tresa Palakudy, R.N. and Sr. Tresa Paikada, R.N. arrived on 15 May 1996 to start our ministry to the AIDS children. Responding to the need to have more sisters work there, two more sisters, Sr. Emilin Panthaladickal and Sr. Little Tresa arrived in January 1997. Sr. Mary Panchakuzhy R.N. arrived next and was appointed as Registered Staff Nurse in the ICU of Matter Hospital. Sr. Jerome who left the station in Meru was appointed as teach at St. Mary’s School run by Spiritan Fathers at Weslands.

Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle is missionary organ of the Syro Malabar Church committed to sharing the good news of Jesus to all people.

Sharing the good news of Jesus to all humanity through committed action for the empowerment of the marginalized like the disabled people ,people living with HIV/AIDS ,street children etc.





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