Now it is clear from the outset that the Bishop of Rome Francis is not exactly one to value the beauty of the Divine Offering (or the Holy Mass in the Latin-rite), he much prefers a "poor Church". Compared with Pope Benedict (whom may I add was respected by Eastern Christians both Orthodox and Catholic).
We in the East however, have always valued the beauty of our liturgies. Especially the Syriac-East, whom pride themselves on being a Church that is neither Greek or Latin, but has roots in the deep semitic culture of the Middle East.
But what affect has the Holy Father's lack of regard for the external beauty of the Divine Offering had on Eastern Catholic Patriarchs...
Well.. I will simply show pictures:
Before Pope Francis, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan
After Pope Francis, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan
These changes in our liturgies detrimental as Easterners. Especially in the diaspora where a sense of identity is essential.
Now let's be honest here. Patriarch Joseph isn't perfect when it comes to liturgy. Nor is he that bad (compared with Ignatius Anthony Hayek). Infact he is better than all Patriarchs up until Cardinal Tapouni However is still raises questions:
- Why are the Eastern Prelates looking West? Wasn't this the same mentality that introduced Mitres and Lace?
- Is this just another form of Latinisation? a neo-latinisation?
If these trends continue. WHat makes the Syriac-East what it is. Will be diminished. The Syriac East is grounded on liturgical beauty. Let us maintain this.
By the prayer of the Birth-Giver of God Maryam and Mor Ephrem. May God Bless you all.