Re: Why the name of Saint Athnasious of Aluva not yet?
- Dear All
In the Syriac tradition, historically there was no custom of "officially" canonizing a saint as in the Latin (Roman Catholic) tradition. Saints are regarded as holy by popular acclaim, rather than by decree. Many saints were regarded holy in the locales they lived in; some of them acquired the status of universal saints. Mor Ya`qub, bishop of Edessa, who compiled the diptychs (toob deyn) in the seventh century immortalized the names of some of the greatest of the Fathers who lived before him. The Church in the Near East has not added or detracted from this list to date. Thus we do not find the names of the great fathers of the Church such as Patriarch Mikhayel Rabo or Maphroyono Gregorius Bar `Ebroyo who lived in later centuries in the fifth diptych. The additions permitted by HH Patriarch Mor Zakka I exclusively for the Malankara Church, are unprecedented in the history of the church.
In HIS Love
Chev. Thomas Daniel (Reji)
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, J M Paul wrote:
> Dear Alex,
> In every church there is a formality to canonize a saint and to be included into the 5th Tubden (for SOC).
- Dear Every one,
The discussion on the subject is inapt as the decision should come from Holy Synod. When HH Moran took an unprecedantant decision to declare saints in the Malanakara Church it was welcomed by us. Moran accepted the cannonisation as it was seen not against the faith; albeit traditons. Now that the concept is accpeted and practised its unquestioned implimentation would be necessary. No one can think a seccondary postion to St Athanasious our beloved valia thirumeni among the saints. The college of saints is the noncontested strength of the church for its spiritual uplift. Today several church leaders use them for money collection. Their prayers will certainly help the needy who submit their demands in front of our Lord. Open up their tomb for all those who seek their intercessions.
Once Malankara Syrian Church has been given a Catholicos. HB can make the Synod agree for such spiritual requirements of Malankara Church. It is better to isolate such issues from an open discussion which may create several arguments for and against. However; I wish and pray Valia thirumeni will be remembered in the 5th tubden soon.
Dr.George Kunju John
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Mathew G M wrote:
> Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, there is no canonization procedure in the Syriac Orthodox Church. It is only in India, we have this canonization procedure that we have copied from the Roman Catholics. Actually it was first adopted by the Methran Kakshi when Baselious Geevarghese II Bava canonized Parumala Thirumeni and Kothamangalam Bava.
> If I am right, when a request was made by the Malankara Church to H.H Elias III Patriarch to officially Canonize Kothamangalam Bava, he was reluctant to do so because there was no such custom in the church to formally canonize anybody.
> If I am wrong, I stand to be corrected by other members.
- Dear brothers,
I think what the Syrian Orthodox church is practising is absolutely right. There is no meaning in following any custom or procedure and canonize a person as a saint. A person shouldnot be declared as a saint by human beings but only by God Almighty, We the members of the church can beg for the intercession of any of our deceased fathers because their physical appearance have only changed they are alive and still with us. They can pray for us also. Canonization and declaration only started in the 20th century.