A Crown For The Victorious

🏅 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.

▶️ 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.

🎙️ 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.

🎙️ 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).

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References

  1. Fr. K. Mani Rajan. 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴. 2008, pp. 58-59.
  2. St. John Chrysostom, 𝘐𝘯 𝘗𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘗𝘢𝘶𝘭, 4.21 (The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation. 2019, p. 623)
  3. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯. 2017. blogs.getty.edu
  4. 𝘉𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘎𝘢𝘻𝘰 𝘈𝘱𝘱. Qolo Quqoyo Tone 6.

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