Re: Lengthy Church Services
- The article from Rev. Fr. (Dr.) K.M. George achen, responding to postings on lengthy Church services, was an interesting read. In the article, he clearly emphasized how certain beliefs that we held dear a long time ago, like maintaining the Holy Scriptures, liturgy texts and prayers in their original languages resulted in a stagnation of spiritual growth with the passage of time, and how meaningful, accurate translations have contributed to a better understanding and propagation of our Faith.
I presume that this is just an introduction from K. M. George achen on the topic and on aspects related to our Church that needs urgent attention, bearing in mind the younger and future generations that will form the backbone of our Church. His idea, which I personally endorse, seems to be that we should have an open mind about making positive changes according to the need of changing time, but without compromising on the canonical and theological principles on which our Orthodox Church firmly stands.
I hope it can be clearly explained in further articles in depth, and more specifically on what are the areas that need better adaptation, so that we can have a comprehensive discussion on these topics and hopefully bring it to the attention of the Holy Synod of our Church.
Sanjoy Paul, Iowa City
- Some of our church members always complains that our service is lengthy. A normal Sunday service with sermon may be arround 2 1/2 hrs only. Most of the members skip the one hour prabhatha namaskaram and some may reach for last half our only. I like to point about a family who always complain about this long service. The aunty was not willing to sit for the marthamariyam samajam after the church. The uncle always cries about giving the nominal monthly collection for the church and skips the other charity collections. Now this family is a member of Heavenly Feast. Aunty goes for whole day Friday prayers even early to participate in the kanji and payar preparation. Uncle knows to pay the monthly deshamsham. Those who complain against the leangthy service, please rethink. Once you participate in holy Qurbana whole heartedly, you will not feel that it is lengthy. God save our church.
Regards, B V Chirathalattu, Vakathanam