There had been mention about the recent change in the Engish name of
our Church in these columns. This change is very appropriate in view
of the recent campaigns by certain print media in Malayalam who used
to highligt in the news items that the Patriarch of Antioch is the
supreme head of the orthodox church in "Syria" alone whereas in fact
he is the supreme head of the orthodox people all over the world
whose main language of liturgy is Syriac ( "Suriyani").This includes
our Malankara church also
The reasons for the change in name in English is given in the
extracts from the synod proceedings below ( Syriac orthodox resources
"The Archbishops of the United States, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan and
Mor Cyril Aphram Karim, requested that the Church be called "Syriac
Orthodox Church" in English. The recommendation was motivated by the
current realities in English-speaking countries where the
term "Syrian" is widely recognized as referring to the nation of
Syria. While noting the historical antecedents for the use of the
term "Syrian Orthodox Church" (Syr. `idto suryoyto treeysath shubho),
the Synod approved the recommendation and declared that the Church
should be called the "Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch" in English.
This name will be adopted gradually by the Church. (ed. The names of
the Church in other languages were not considered by the Holy Synod)."
In my opinion, our church should be called "Suriyani Orthodox Sabha"
I shall be grateful if some learned members in this forum can
enlighten me further on this.