Re: Cursing of the Jews
- Re: Cursing of the Jews
Three years ago, as we were discussing on this topic on this forum,
Rev. Fr. M.C. Cherian (now H.G. Mar Theophilos) wrote a message on
this that I am often reminded of. See message # 2637 on this forum.
There achen tells us that the cursing of the "Jews" is only
symbolic. We all are equally responsible for that horrific event at
Calvary that fateful Friday. We have to live with the curses in our
prayers for the time being, just like we live with the curses in
several places in the Bible. That seems to me to be a sane approach,
and more practical, as we may not have a change in our books in the
recent future. Jesus was crucified not by Jews, but by the
sinfulness of mankind, the entire mankind. Jews were just
I remember in a previous year, when achen was in NY for the passion
week, achen asked us to skip a few stanzas in the songs which were
about the curses. If that approach is followed in other places, we
can effectively rid ourselves of the curses on Good Friday and maybe
the next edition of the prayer book will not have them!
- Dear All,
we were reading several messages on discussing the
catholicate and patriarchate and i am sure that those
arguments will never converge and touch to any
conclusions as they are kept parallel today. the
re-establishment of the catholicate of the 3rd century
was done in malankara in 1912 for which there were
objections within the church. however it was made
right in 1964. still the confusion prevails.
in one of my old postings i just mentioned about the
establishment of a bishopate in Parumala seminary
which is the spiritual power for all our church
leaders, parishes all over the world and an undisputed
pilgrimage for all irrespective of cast, creed and
St.Greegorios of Parumala himself went to Jeruselam
and accepted the title of Jerusalem Patriarch in
silence. However; never agreed to the request of HH
Moran Peter III the Patriarch of Antioch to shift the
saint's stay to Jerusalem. saint's staying back at
Parumala resulted in the 2nd Jerusalem for us.
it is a common sight in Parumala that a bishop is
alway is visiting the sacred shrine.
as suggested in my earlier postings can we position a
bishop in that vacant seminary and re -establish the
title 'Jerusalem Patriarch' under the St Thomas
this would fulfil the desire of the saint to activate
the seminary as the spiritual centre for the church.
this should be the only place where no Christian shall
be denied of any sacraments because of the trivial
Dr.GeorgeK John, Sharjah.