We need to assimilate our services & we need a continuing education.
- I have seen some postings with a suggestion to cut short our Holy
services. We believe in true faith and following the teachings of
our ancestors and that is why we called ourselves as Orthodox. Each
part of our service is compiled with the basic of many traditions and
teachings. Our ancestors were more religious and faithful than us.
They arranged the prayers and services for worship with some
fundamental principles. I am not able to explain all those, as I am
not a theologian. But I believe those prayers and services are
arranged are meaning full. I were expecting the same subject and that
is why I mentioned in one of my early posting that the training in
Theological seminary in Kottayam is necessary for the people those
who are willing to serve as priests in our Indian Orthodox Church.
Because they will be trained there to teach the community about the
traditions, faith and Culture of the Malankara Orthodox Church.
But it will be nice if our church can arrange the tunes of some of
the lyric that we are using for the "Namaskaram' and in "Good Friday"
services as it is difficult for people to sing it together some
I find it is an important matter to assimilate our Church Service.
I am experienced different type of services in different parishes of
the Indian Orthodox Church. It varies from person to person. Is it
our tradition to conduct the services, as the person likes to do it?
Don't we have a unified code of conduct for our services?
I only like to point out the important one only. Some priests are
giving the Holy Qurbana before it possess to the west, some gives it
after and some gives it at the middle and some gives it after the
service. This difference has seen among our Bishops also. Now the
laymen are confused. I heard different clarifications for this
One of the explanations I heard is little funny too. This is the
explanation that I heard as the justification of giving the Holy
Qurbana before it takes to the west. The Priest is saying " Njangal
Bhakshichthaya ." As we are saying the word "Bhkshichthaya" it made
that priest to give Holy Qurbana before it takes to the west. I do
not find it is a suitable cause for that to do. I do not believe
that that word "Bhkshichthaya" means that as a present verb but it
denotes that we already took it before and it is possibly denotes
that we accepted the Holy Qurbana that has been served by Jesus
Christ to the disciples and we believe that we had receive the Holy
Qurbana from that moment. And the word "Njangal" is not only
representing us but all our ancestors. ( I am not a theologian but I
believe it and if I am wrong please rectify it). We Orthodox Church
is not a community arguing with the words like the others otherwise
we may also support the argument of the protestants and Pentecostal
belief about the relation of Jesus and St. Mary as "Sthreeyaa enikum
ninakkum thammil enthee .." But we believe in tradition and the
teachings of our ancestors. If the justification in this case is
correct then the word "Njangal" has to be changed because I haven't
see the complete attendees are accepting the Holy communion instead
of that I am witnessed only a few are taking the Holy Qurbana. If
the words that we are using in the service is taking as the basic
then the word has to be changed as " Njangalil Kurachu peer" or "
Njangalil Chilarokka" Bhakshichathaya " It will be nice if
our Bishops find a suitable time to think about this. It will be
nice if anyone can give an authenticated explanation on this subject.
And our diocese has to give the direction to proceed the correct in
Every professional in USA has to attend in continuing education to
renew their license and it is a good system as they will refresh
their knowledge and they will review their knowledge and will get up
to dated with their profession. It is a good system for our Church
to adopt. It will be nice if we conduct a continuing education
program for our Priests also it may enable them to get up to date
about our Church and it shall help to make our services more arranged
It will be highly appreciable if you kindly think about this subject
and understand the subject before writing anything about this subject
and please do not attack me if anybody
Requested to you to do so.
Charly V. Padanilam.
(This posting made on the basis of information from different places
and it is only for reading to whom it is addressed to only)