Friday, 8 November 2013

"Monks are to return to their Monastery" - Chaldean Patriarch

The Chaldean Patriarch Mar Raphael-Louis Sako's recent letter touches on a variety of different topics. These include: the importance of prayer, monks, financial matters and the Liturgy.

It is very clear from the Patriarch's letter his great love towards both the Church and his home country Iraq. It is also clear the Patriarch's desire that the Church does not simply become a Non-Gvernmental Organization in Iraq. The Patriarch states that the Church's Nucleus is Christ he suggests that without this the Church will simply closed on itself.

The Patriarch then goes on to state that Monks should return to their monasteries from comfortable life and freedom in working at a parish with parishioners. The Patriarch's demand here is of vital importance. Our Syriac traditions have developed in parallel to our Monasteries. The monastic life is the pulse of Syriac Christianity. Without this healthy pulse, Syriac Christianity dies. This slow death of Syriac Christianity amongst Syriac Churches in communion with Rome (Chaldean, Syriac Catholic and Maronite) is analogous with the walking away from our monastic traditions. I personally commend the Patriarch for this demand, and know, that if Chaldean monastic life resumes, then great fruits will be borne.

In addition to all this it is extremely refreshing to read about the Patriarch's emphasis on Liturgical communal prayer as well. He states:

Liturgy, if celebrated in a well-prepared and organized way, would nourish the faith of the parishioners and reflect the unity of the Church and its identity, so we need to be careful not to be celebrating the Sacraments as some kind of a show having movement and words
Everything the Patriarch says is true, the Qurbana is not a show. However, the actions of the Patriarch must also speak as loud as his words on this matter. The Chaldean Patriarch continues to face the people when celebrating the Qurbana, he continues to have Latinisations (and Novous Ordo neo-Latinisations) in the Church and refuses to implement the restorations of 2005 (like has been done in certain areas in the USA and Canada).

Please pray for the Patriarch.

Through the Prayers of the Birth-Giver of God Maryam and Mor Ephrem. God Bless you all.

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