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Mahlietay Program in the Tewahedo Tradition (50%)


The Mahletay program is designed for devoted participants who wish to study the chants and hymns composed and arranged by Saint Yared. The course lasts for a period of 6 years. The languages of instruction and interaction in this course are Tigrigna and Amharic. This module does not require proficiency in Swedish or English.


The chants and hymns in the Mahletay program require an extended period of study and enculturation. This is true especially for those who have no prior knowledge of the chants and hymns. For this reason, a substantial amount of time will be allocated to study of the chants.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will have:

  • gained an acquaintance with the use of hymnic instruments such as prayer sticks, drums, and the sistra
  • learned how to perform the basic feast-day hymnal (mahlet) service for the feast days they covered during their studies
  • been instructed in basic hymnic (mahlet) chants for beginners



This online option is for those who are interested in the priest program but are unable to participate on campus. Students study online, basis with the approval and guidance of the rector of the seminary.


Students are expected to participate in all course activities, both by being present and playing an active role in scheduled course sessions, and by completing assignments to be done outside of scheduled lessons. If participants miss lessons, they may be required to do extra assignments in order to fulfill the participation requirements of the course. 80% attendance and participation (including completion of assignments) are required for the course to be considered to have been completed.


In order to enroll in this program, participants must have successfully completed the diaconal training program in the Tewahdo tradition or equivalent liturgical and hymnic studies.

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Quick Facts

Length: 6 years

Study Pace: (50%)

Type of Instruction: Distance learning
Language of Instruction: Tigrigna, Amharic
Location: Campus Södertälje

Level: Seminary

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola

In addition to the requirements stated in the course description, all students need to be at least 18 year old, be officially registered in Sweden and have a sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction.

Fees: Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is registered (“folkbokförda”) in Sweden.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola: 

Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this course is SEK 400 per semester.