posted on Apr 13, 2010 - 05:10 PM
I am sorry I haven't been able to log on as often for the last couple of days, so that is a bit of a delayed response.
I am very aware of Albair's efforts, and of his up-to-date approach to all statements he makes. I am also aware of his capability of accessing bishops and members of the Holy Synod, which I greatly appreciate. But in all honesty, that is how I feel: things have been going on without careful thought for a while now when it comes to rites and hymns. I would go by the English saying "when it ain't broke, don't fix it". Why do we change things which people are practising one way. You know what? I won't be exaggerating if I say that Pope Shenouda's suggestion led to more confusion and division, than it has to unity and harmony. It is enough for me to mention that there is a poll on alhan-youthbishopric.com, and you will be surprised to learn that almost 48% of the votes went by the suggestion of annual General Funeral, 49% with the way it was since 1827, and 3% went with the joyful ceremonial. Not only that, but the other statements in Albair's book are based on "new" teachings; why, oh why? If we are not convinced by teachings of old, should we remove them? Or should we strive to understand them, even in a spiritual manner? I am with the latter. I won't stop singing tenen. I won't stop singing agioc ictyn. I think the church teaches us to submit to authorities but not ignorantly. St. James teaches against the increasing number of teachers (yes, I believe I paint myself like one, but forgive me if I am). The bottomline for me is things should remain as they are. Why has our knowledge in hymnology and Coptic language increased over the previous generations, and now we are rectifying the mistakes? When Arius appeared, people stood up against him at that time. When Nestorius appeared, people stood up against him at that time. People didn't need to wait for generations to come to realise that there was something wrong with their teachings. Why do you assume the reverse now? Do I take hymnology and Coptic language to the level of heresy makers? Of course not; but I hold their importance as an integral and fundamental basis of my faith - and yes I do understand what the hymns say, even spiritually, not completely linguistically.
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