Sunday, September 9, 2012


The titular (patronal saint) of the Catholic church in Hagåtña since it was first founded by Blessed Diego is the Dulce Nombre de Maria, the Sweet Name of Mary.

The most familiar Chamorro hymn to Mary under this title - her Name - is O Jesus Bai In Kantåye.

The choir in this clip sings several verses into the hymn, and the words are :

Hågo pulan i hinemhom / ya man i'ina gi tano'
(You are the moon in the darkness / which shines on the earth)
kalan åtdao talo'åne / på'go ennao i inå-mo.
(As the noonday sun / such is your light.)
Nina'inan Yu'us Åtdao / as Jesus i fina'nå-mo.
(Illuminated by God the sun / Jesus whom you behold.)

Nånan Yu'us as Maria / u ma tuna i na'ån-mo.
(Mary, Mother of God / your name be praised.)

Gin in atan i tasi-ta / in hasuye i na'ån-mo
(If we look at our ocean / we remember your name)
yagin taichi i tase / taihinekkok i grasiå-mo.
(if the sea is boundless / your grace is without end.)
Yagin sahguan hånom guiya / hågo sahguan i Saina-mo.
(If the sea is the vessel of water / you are the vessel of your Lord.)

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