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    The Lord’s Prayer in the Language of Jesus

    By Marianne Wright

    July 21, 2017
    • Avril Farmer

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece.

    • Nancy Bell

      Thank you. Fantastic!

    The Plough Music Series is a regular selection of music intended to lift the heart to God. It is not a playlist of background music: each installment focuses on a single piece worth pausing to enjoy.

    The Lord’s Prayer, Thomas Aquinas once wrote, is “the most perfect prayer that we can say.” This week’s Plough Music selection is that prayer sung in Aramaic, the language spoken in Israel during Jesus’ lifetime and likely the language he and his disciples used in everyday speech. Because the Gospels were written in Greek, this is a translation back into Aramaic as used by the Syriac Orthodox Church in its liturgy.

    Abun dbašmayo
    Nethqadaš šmokh
    Tithe malkuthokh
    Nehwe sebyonokh
    Aykano dbašmayo oph bar`o
    Hab lan laħmo dsunqonan yowmono
    Wašbuq lan ħawbayn waħtohayn
    Aykano doph ħnan šbaqan lħayobayn
    Lo ta`lan lnesyuno
    Elo paşo lan men bišo
    Meţul ddilokh hi malkutho
    Wħaylo wtešbuħto
    L`olam `olmin

    Our Father
    which art in heaven,
    Hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come.
    Thy will be done in earth,
    as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those
    who trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil:
    For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    forever and ever.

    This spare yet exquisite recording is by French-Romanian singer Esther Lamandier on her 1989 album Chants Chrétiens Araméens.

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    Contributed By MarianneWright Marianne Wright

    Marianne Wright, a member of the Bruderhof, lives in southeastern New York with her husband and five children.

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