A Crown For The Victorious

๐Ÿ… With Olympics season upon us, it is fitting to focus on the theme of “crowns” in a very familiar hymn – “Yajamanan varumanneram” (in Malayalam) or “Thoobayhoon l-abde thobe” (in Syriac) or “Blessed are those good servants”. It is usually sung as a hymn after the Gospel reading in the Syriac Orthodox Qurbono, and is based on a parable taught by our Lord Jesus Christ recorded in St. Luke 12:35-40.

โ–ถ๏ธ At the end of the hymn, we see the Holy Spirit crowning these servants when the Lord comes. Why a crown? Are we going to become kings and queens or is there another meaning? Swipe left through the Instagram post below to learn more.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Please listen to the Syriac version of the hymn below, sung by our late lamented Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Ya’qub III (1913-1980). Audio is taken from the Beth Gazo app.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ The Malayalam version of the hymn below is sung by H.E. Mathews Mor Aphrem, Metropolitan of Perumbavoor Region of Angamali Diocese. Audio courtesy of Koinonia Vision (https://youtu.be/_GjLtsIeirc).

โ–ถ๏ธ Please share and comment below if you like this format and if you learned something new today.


  1. Fr. K. Mani Rajan. ๐˜˜๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด. 2008, pp. 58-59.
  2. St. John Chrysostom, ๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ญ, 4.21 (The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation. 2019, p. 623)
  3. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜–๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ. 2017. blogs.getty.edu
  4. ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜Ž๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ฐ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ. Qolo Quqoyo Tone 6.

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