Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Gorgeous Music of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

When we Roman Catholics think Eastern Catholicism, we often immediately think of the Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine Rite.  The Syro-Malankara and Syro-Malabar Catholic Churches in India garner almost zero attention - I hope this little video I found helps in some small way towards changing that. 


  1. Wow! That is amazing! {Did you pick up the lights around the Last Supper painting?}

    We have an Urdu Catholic Mass at our parish. The music is really exquisite...like nothing I have heard before.

  2. I really don't know what to think about the Syro-Malabarian aesthetic. It strikes me as gaudy, even kitschy. Take away the synthesized vocals and the keyboard, as well as the flashing lights (?!), and you'd have a beautiful liturgy. What would you say about a Roman liturgy with such modern accoutrements?


  3. I've been to a Syro-Malankara Catholic Qurbono once. It was chanted without any instruments. It was beautiful and I agree all that instrumentation would have been distracting. I'm hoping to go to a Syro-Malabar Catholic Qurbono soon.