Thursday, 17 October 2013

The Name of this Blog

For those of you who were watching Twitter you may have noticed that I had a conversation with a blog named Carpe Veritatem. The request was to explain the meaning behind the name Qadishat for the Latin-rite Catholics.

The Much Loved Prayer
Qadishat is the first word of the much loved prayer of the Trisagion (or Thrice Holy) it simply means Holy art thou. This prayer has proven to be very popular in the diaspora. Where the young love chanting it in Syro-Aramaic. It should be noted that if this prayer is to ever be said in any language other than Syro-Aramaic, there will be a total upheaval. Lead by the youth!

It is chanted as follows (Syriac fonts may be downloaded from here):


ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܐ
ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܚܰܝܠܬܳܢܳܐ
ܠܳܐ ܡܳܝܽܘܬܳܐ

ܐܶܬܪܰܚܰܡ ܥܰܠܝܢ
Qadishat Aloho,
Qadishat Hayelthono,
Qadishat Lomoyotho
Itraham 'Alein
Holy art Thou, O God,
Holy art Thou, O strong One! Holy art Thou, O immortal One.
Have mercy on Us.

The Trisagion is also very similar to the Qadish (Or Sanctus) which is chanted before the Institution narrative Isiah 6:3:

קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת; מְלֹא כָל-הָאָרֶץ, כְּבוֹדוֹ.
Qadosh Qadosh Qadosh Adonai Tz'vaot Melo Kol Haaretz Kevodo. Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.

Holy Tradition holds that when Nicodemus took the body of Christ from the Cross. He saw Christ's eyes open and he suddenly proclaimed "Holy art Thou, O God, Holy art Thou, O strong One! Holy art Thou, O immortal One!".

The Word Qadishat comes from the Semitic Root Q-D-Sh (ܩ ܕ ܫ). This root basically means "to be pure, holy". From this root, many similar words can be derived.
For example:
  • Holy
  • Divine
  • Priest
  • Sacred
  • Sanctuary
  • Saint
  • Purity
  • Glorify
  • Consecrate
  • Hallowed
  • Reverent
I hope this post has provided the reader adequate reasons why I have chosen Qadishat as a blog name!

Through the prayer of the Birth-Giver of God Maryam and Mor Ephrem. God Bless you!

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