Dear Brother in Jesus Christ,
Thank you for your kind words. I believe most of these questions are formed, not because off translational errors, but because of the misunderstanding/misinterpretation of the songs. So need clarification or explanation most of the time. However, I do agree that often translational mistakes also add to the confusions.
I think our church authorities are putting some effort in improving the service books recently. Recent books from M.S.O.T Seminary published are much improved versions compared to those in circulations back in 1970-1980s. But there are still mistakes which need to be rectified.
Thanks to the initiatives and work by Dr. Thomas Joseph and Titus thirumeni, the American archdiocese is preparing a service book for Sunday service in English, which is currently under revision. I happened to see a draft. It is a very good work with many commentaries and explanations included and will be a good resource for all the English speaking members around the world when published.
I agree with you that similar texts for other services, including Good Friday, with commentaries will be helpful for the people. Let us hope and pray that our church authorities take initiatives to produce more such valuable books in the future. However, I believe that we, as laity, also have the responsibility to seek the truth when some one questions our practices and faith.
Sinu P. John, PhD
Bethesda, MD, USA
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Cherian Jacob <mjcherian@...> wrote:
> Dear Dr. Sinu P John
> We really appreciate your passion and commitment for educating our members
> on various subjects in bible and in our litergy people are confused. But
> the point is, what is the end result we need to produce? If, there are
> translation mistakes, this is the time to correct and move on. When we
> don't know what we are speaking, no one bothers, but when people relate and
> interpret the meaning, it is creating this negative impact. Christians'
> standing for freedom, justice and peace, so some of the hymns are not in
> line with their interpretation, and their commitment. So unless we see
> action from our church hierarchy, and make a change, these questions will
> pop again and again.
> Our young generations are living in this digital age, they will go and look
> for meaning for everthing we teach them, so it is very inportant to take
> actions in line with our beliefs. I really wish to see a drastic change to
> the text where we have all these contraversies. it is just creating a noice
> and explanation after explanation, just to prove that everything is perfect.
> Is this is what we are commited to our church and society? We have a lot to
> offer, all those possibilities are getting diluted when we are not able to
> deal with reality. If we are committed to church, our society and world
> peace, this is the time we need to re-cosider a change. Perumpallil
> Thirumay put lot of effort to make a difference in our litergy and hymns,
> it is so important that we continue doing this change, so that people will
> be able to appreciate our service, when they are participating, to worship
> our lord.
> Thank you
> Cherian Jacob
> St.Peter's Syrian Orthadox Church
> Phoenix AZ USA