Skip to comments.Maronite Catholic: Qolo (Hymn) of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Posted on 08/04/2005 7:11:57 PM PDT by Siobhan
O Mother who gave Life to us,
petition on our behalf
the Son who appeared from you:
may he remove from us the blows of punishment,
and keep away divisions and disputes.
May he lead us in the path of life in which we journey
at all times.
On your memorial day,
we sing praise to your only Son.
Blessed are you, O Mary,
for God, who feeds all creatures,
was nourished by you
and rested on your breast.
The Son of God was nourished
by a human creature!
He assumed what is ours
and gave us what is his.
On his mother's memorial let us proclaim:
Glory to you, O Lord.
As dew was falling gently
over the city of Ephesus
Saint John wrote to its people.
He instructed them to celebrate
the memory of the Blessed Mary,
three times each year:
In January, during the time of planting of the seeds;
in May, during the time of harvest;
and in August, during the time of the grapes.
For the mysteries of life are prefigured in these months.
On your memorial day, O Blessed Mary,
angels and mortals are overwhelmed with joy.
The dead rejoice in their tombs
because of the glory in creation.
God will bless
those who celebrate your memory with faith
and pour his mercy upon them.
Who is to see a new ship
sustaining the One who is mighty;
the One who sustains and rules all creation.
Mary bore him, yet he bears all creation.
He nourishes all living creatures,
yet she nourished him with her milk.
He is the Maker of all infants,
yet he dwelt, as an infant, in her womb.
The fiery beings in the heights
sing hymns of praise to him!
I pray the reading of this sacred hymn will bring with it attendant blessings from the God the Father of lights, and his Son the King of Light, and the Holy Spirit of truth, one God, in glory everlasting.
Luke 11: 27-28
Thanks Siobhan! That icon is absoulutely beautiful!
1 Ti 2:5-7
Thanks brother - the truth of the scriptures is my authority. Keep the scriptures coming.
Maronite Hymn - "Fee Thoo-Lee"
We run for protection to you
Mary, we come to you for aid.
We implore you turn not away
Mother who must be obeyed.
Perfection of the pure
By your merit plead for us,
let us know your Child.
Mary Heaven's gate
Mother of our Lord
Thru you source of all our hope
Guiding light has poured.
Look down upon us all
We implore your help and care
at our Mother's knee.
And Mary is the Bride of the Holy Spirit. "The Spirit and the Bride say, Come!" Now that's comforting!
Memorial of the Dedication of this Basilica is celebrated today.
Do you sing that wonderful hymn at your parish? It is tremendous. Thank you for posting it. (Is that translation in the Cedars of Lebanon Hymnal?) It is a versification of Sub tuum praesidium, isn't it?
How odd ... I posted a response but it never showed up.
That is the beautiful recessional hymn that was sung at Bishop Mansour's enthronement last year. The Arabic and English text was printed in the missalette issued to commemorate this occasion. (Ping me if you would like the Arabic text as well).
1 Peter 5:13, Revelations 14:8
Daniel 8:9-14, Daniel 9:24-27, Eze 4:6, Num 14:34
Alleluia! As dew was falling gently over the city of Ephesus Saint John wrote to its people. He instructed them to celebrate the memory of the Blessed Mary, three times each year: In January, during the time of planting of the seeds; in May, during the time of harvest; and in August, during the time of the grapes. For the mysteries of life are prefigured in these months.
Please post the Arabic text of that beautiful hymn. Do you have the musical notation for the English version too?
This is wonderful. Send more whenever you can!
Here below, the Arabic text. As you know only too well, Maronite sacred music is 'memorized'. When Abouna arrived 5 years ago, he sat down with the organist and instructed him on how the music was to be played. Adapted melodies are formed when the composer, having to put a melody to a new text, uses an extant traditional melody which he adapts, with such modifications as are necessary, to the new text. The organist made his own 'personal', hand written, notations that only he can decipher. (When it was necessary to move the funeral for the baby that died last week to a larger church, one of the RC churches turned down Father's request, citing that ONLY their organist could use the new organ. Father asked if he was familiar with strophic chant and could interpret our organist's notations. There was silence at the other end of the phone).
Arabic Text - Fee Thoo- Lee
Fee Thoollee Heemay Ateekee
Naltajeeeoo Ya Maryam
La Tarooddee tilbatana
Ya Fakhral Bariy-ya
Ya khyral wara
Ya bahral 'aty ya
Fid doonya jara
Ya babas sama ee
Ya oomal feeda
Ya 'inar rajee
Ya nooral hooda
Knowing how much you love Maronite hymns, here is a link to Fr. Antonio Elfeghali's web site where you can listen to Maronite music and download it as well. Working with a very old and out-dated computer on dial-up, Father Antonio helped me purchase some of these CDs.
Right now, I am listening to the Requiem Maronite, which you will find at this link. Enjoy! Many of these musical productions are performed by the NDU Choir (Notre Dame University). Tomorrow is Church cleaning day. I will bring several of these CDs with me to play as we scrub down the pews, dust off the statues, 'exorcize' the cobwebs and scrape off candle wax :-). What a tremendous blessing to have the privilege of cleaning the Church and its Sanctuary. Itraham alein. This Sunday, I serve as lector, a responsibility I approach with great humility and awe.
My prayers for all of you!
As First Disciple, Mary is also appropriately called "Mother of the Church." Standing with the Beloved Disciple under the Cross (John 19:34-35), she witnessed the birth of the Church in water (Baptism) and blood (Eucharist), flowing from her dying Son's side. Again, she gathereed with the Apostles and the Disciples on Pentecost to receive the Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). Reflecting on these things, the Constitution on the Church fittingly closed with its Chapter 8 on Mary, declaring her to be "preeminent and .... a wholly unique member of the Church, and ... outstanding model in faith and charity. The Catholic Church taught by the Holy Spirit, honors her with filial affection and devotion as a most beloved mother".
As Mother of the Church, one of Mary's everlasting tasks is to present the Savior to His people, who, as the Community of the Saved rejoice in His presence. This is seen poignantly in the pre-Christmas Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. Our liturgy presents an icon of the whole Church gathering to experience the Lord: the elderly, the young and the unborn. From the Sedro, (which addresses Christ):
You traveled with your mother, Mary,
to visit the aged Elizabeth,
and she rejoiced at your coming ...
Your mother went quickly to the dwelling of Elizabeth,
and you accompanied her ...
Unless another feast is celebrated, on every Wednesday the Maronite Church honors Mary the God-bearer. In the Proemion of this commemoration, we hear:
May we offer glory, praise and honor
to the exalted One, who humbled himself
and exalted the humble Virgin,
to God, who became flesh
and saved our human race;
to the Most High, who lowered Himself
and raised up the lowly.
Of course, these words are addressed to Christ who is eternally the Supreme Intercessor to God for us. To Christ, the good One, are due glory and honor, on this day and all the days of our lives, now and forever. Amen.
Have you heard a recording of Fairuz's album from Jerusalem of the Maronite hymns?
During the offertory in the Maronite Catholic Church, we sing:
I Myself am Bread of Life
the Lord declared.
From on high I came to Earth to give the world
Life from the Father
True word without flesh and like a grain of the finest wheat.
Mary's womb became for me a fertile garden.
Now priests carry me aloft up to the alta.r
Halleluia! Accept our offerings!
That is priceless.
No! Do you have a link where I can hear it or, better yet, purchase it? I have compiled a fairly extensive collection of Maronite sacred music. GG, the more I listen to it the more I begin to assimilate the music and mimic the vocals. Wish I could learn Arabic!
I can't recall the Maronite priest's name, but he did much as your priest did in putting the traditional melodies to English and working with his organist. But he had a musician put Western notation with the English words to help those who didn't know the melodies. It is more of an aid than anything, because Western notation cannot capture the way these melodies move -- but it can help to jog the memory of an old Irish nomad's brain...;-)
Oh Fairuz singing the Good Friday hymns!!! There is nothing so moving, absolutely nothing.
That is priceless.
No need to explain to you the agony of a child's funeral. Father worked out arrangements with another RC Church. The parking lot resembled a cross section of America with license plates from MA, MI, NY, CT, NJ, LA, Ontario and Quebec.
Our organist worked ahead of time with the one from the church where the funeral was to be held. Following Communion, in total silence, our organist played Johannes Brahms', Wiegenlied (Cradle Song). He set the stops to sound like a music box. There wasn't a dry eye in the Church. He is an extraordinary organist and looking forward to playing the 150 year old organ (soon to be restored) at our future church. It's a rare instrument but he is up to the task.
This link is on the Copticchurch.net, but it is merely hosted there. Many Copts love Maronite chants and hymns I am told:
The Lebanese dialect of Arabic is very different from that used by other Middle Eastern countries. As you've no doubt noticed, there is a very obvious French flavor to it. IMHO, that influence makes the language especially pleasant. I enjoy the sounds. (But I've often wondered if it is simply my own personal bias here). I am delighted to see that non-Maronites and non-Lebanese like it too. As you've probably also picked up, NYer, music (and dance too) plays a big part in Maronite culture. It's part of village life. One traditional village pastime is composing songs together in a group as a sort of competition. I'll try to dig up more info on the Fairuz recordings...
You have me dissolved in tears.
You may want to explore this resource.
Cedars of Lebanon Hymnal (Second Edition) by Father Mansour Labaky
Comprehensive collection of 250 hymns for use in the Divine Liturgy and para-liturgical celebrations; texts in English, Arabic and Syriac for many hymns; Western musical notations; many photographs. Softbound; 176 pages.
Price: $9.50 Item No.: L026
St. Maron Publications
That's it! Father Mansour Labaky!
Yes!!! After Liturgy, the Lebanese often resort to their native tongue, especially with Abouna. I listen so carefully, hoping to pick up words. One Sunday, a young mother instructed her miscreant child to give father a 'baise'. Voilla! French! It all blends so naturally with the flow of Arabic (ahem ... Lebanese) and English. This young mother just gave birth to her 3rd child - another girl. The oldest, a boy, is named 'Elias' but everyone affectionately calls him 'LiLou'. The 2nd is a girl, Michelle and the 3rd has been named Danielle.
Each Sunday, without fail and following the Divine Liturgy, the mom embraces me with the beautiful exchange of 3 kisses, just like the French. Last Sunday, we had visitors from South America. I tried to strike up a conversation only to learn that neither of them spoke English. No matter ... we settled on French, even though we were all rusty. This is what I love so much about the Maronite Church! We gather as a community to pray and then share our mutual faith afterwards, with coffee and special delicacies offered up by a member of the congregation. Amongst the newcomers are a Greek Orthodox couple from Jordan. He is an Englishman, a convert to the GOC from the Episcopal Church; she is Jordanian. They have a beautiful baby girl. It is just awesome! Last Sunday, we also had visitors from Brazil - Maronite Catholics. It is a beautiful reminder of just how far the Maronite Church has spread around the globe.