Any other interpretation of Matthew 16: 13-20 is
not part of the faith.
After diptych #5, which remembers Apostolic
fathers, the priest says a prayer: "....muunnu
pothu sunnahadosuhalile sathyavishwaasamaakunna
PAARAMEL njangale urappikkeName ...".
- "sathyavishwaasamaakunna paara".
From this it is clear that according to the faith
of the true Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Severus,
our faith, and the faith of all Orthodox churches,
the "paara" (Rock) is the "firmness and fixity" of faith.
We believe in the true Syrian Orthodox faith, which is same
as the faith of Coptic Orthodox Church. A faith different from
the true faith of Syrian Orthodox church is unacceptable to us.
Our unity with Syrian Orthodox Church is in faith, as explained by
St. Severus and Orthodox fathers. It is a divine spiritual unity.
It is in this understanding that we need to move forward.