Holy Qurbana and our Priests
- Dear Moderators,
This letter is in response to the postings in these
columns about our Holy Qurbana and about the views
expressed by some people that it is too lengthy and
irrelevant in modern times. One reason quoted by some
of the members is that they do not understand what
is going on in the church during the Holy Qurbana
especially the Madbha. I have also heard these comments
made by the young generation, especially those born
and brought up outside Kerala, in North Indian cities,
the Gulf countries, Europe and America.
There are many reasons for this confusion.
1.The young generation born and brought up outside Kerala
do not generally learn proper Malayalam and naturally they
do not understand our liturgy which we claim to be one of
the most beautiful and ancient. (We did not even have our
Sunday School Lessons in English until two years ago).
2.Our Clergy who are posted outside Kerala do not have the
education and training to converse with our youngsters in
English which most of them understand better than Malayalam.
3.Our Clergy who are posted outside Kerala are selected
not on the merit of their education and dedication but merely
by their influence on their godfathers in Malankara.
4.The general interest of the priests posted in the Gulf
countries is to make some quick money and secure a job
for their spouses as soon as they arrive in the airport.
5.In the gulf countries, it is a common sight to see
these clergy to roam around in civil dress and in the
Church also they wear the vestments of Anglican priests.
6.The misbehaviour of these priests is exemplified by the
recent incident in one gulf country where a priest prepared
duplicate Qurbana and gave it to a believer as if it were
the true blood and body of our Lord. Obviously this priest
does not believe in our holy sacraments and our traditions.
How are our youngsters going to learn the Orthodox faith
from this priest?
I suggest certain remedial measures.
1.Our Church leadership should make some genuine efforts
to make sure that the clergy are trained properly in our
own theological seminaries with proper curriculum followed
by an internship before they are ordained Deacon or Priest.
2.Newly ordained priests should work under an experienced
senior priest for at least 10 years before they are given
independent charge of any Parish.
3.Priests appointed abroad should have enough experience
to look after a parish independently and should have a good
working knowledge of the English language. They should be
appointed on merit alone.
4.Our priests should undergo refresher courses in our
sacraments, pastoral care and theology at least once in
every 5 years as is mandatory for every other profession.
5.There should be a committee comprising of educated and
senior members of the laity in each parish who are
authorized by the concerned Metropolitan to monitor the
pastoral and other activities of the Priest/Vicar.
Disciplinary action should be taken by the appointing
Metropolitan on erring clergy in an exemplary way. This
will remove the wrong notion among some of the clergy that
once ordained, they will remain in their position whatever
the nonsense they practice.
6.Our Church leadership should take initiative to
popularize our Holy Qurbana liturgy in the English language.
In our Lord's service
Chev. Dr. Mathews Abraham
Sr. Mary;s Jacobite Syrian Church, Sharjah
St.John, the Baptist Attamangalam Church, Kumarakom
- ST. MARY'S JACOBITE SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
B-XI-2141, Hata Mohd Tair,
Opp. C.M.C.H, Ludhiana
(Under the Holy see if Antioch and the East)
St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Ludhiana
came into existence in 2001. Our Church is a
prominent constituent of the Jacobite Syrian Church of
Malankara who have been a part of this country's
culture since A.D. 52. Our church is registered as a
society during the year 2001 with the sole aim to
build a place of worship cum Education support centre
to lend a helping hand to poor people. In order to
translate this concept into practice, our members
unanimously took a decision inspite of our financial
constraints, to purchase a plot of land within
Ludhiana District. We bought a piece of land in Vill.
Bhamian, Tajpur road, Ludhiana for the purpose
We are a very small group who find it extremely
difficult to go ahead with further construction of the
centre as per plan and program due to scarcity of
We therefore, appeal to you to kindly extend you whole
hearted co-operation and closest support by way of
sending your donations by Cheques/Drafts in favour of
"St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church" to make
this noble venture a grand success.
Thanking you and God bless you all,
Fr. Gheevarghese Manath
Fr. Gheevarghese Manath (Vicar)
St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian orthodox Church,
B-XI-2141, Hata Mohd Tair,
Opp. C.M.C.H, Ludhiana
Tel :00 91 161 2570452
- "In accordance with God's most wise order in this
world, one thing precedes another, and one is
changed into another: dishonor and honor, poverty
and wealth, health and sickness. Before bestowing
wealth upon anyone, God often tries him by extreme
poverty, depriving, on the other hand, the rich
of everything; before honor, by dishonor; and
those raised to honor, by humiliation, so that we
may learn to value God's gifts, and not be proud
in our prosperity, knowing that it is the gift
of the Master, undeserved by us."
St. John of Kronstadt.
"My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and
earth." Psalm 121:2
- Dear all
If any one know any website where we can download
VALIYANOYAMBU PRARTHANAKAL in malayalam or english,
please publish it in the forum.
Shino Thomas Philip
St. James Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church