Singing Prayers in Jesus’ Tongue

This Dominican House of Studies in D.C. has posted this video of their Iraqi Brother, Father Nageeb Michael, O.P., Director of the Digital Center for Eastern Manuscripts, singing the Our Father and Haily Mary in Aramaic and “New Aramaic” respectively. Aramaic was the language of Our Lord.


Although Aramaic and Arabic are distinct Semitic languages, they both have much in common, as well with each other as with Hebrew. Listening to Father Nageeb pray reminded me of our dear Brother Francis speaking Arabic to his visiting countrymen.

The exquisite chant of the Eastern Churches must be recognized by even the proudest of Romans as sublime.