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!
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.
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