Holy Synod urged to tackle pressing problems of ‘migrant children’
Houston Vicar writes ‘moving’ open letter to Dr Mar Yulios
HOUSTON, Texas —The Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church which begins its winter sessions from today (February 21, 2011) will have a host of pressing issues to be debated upon.
An immediate issue of concern is the problem of Malankara Orthodox youngsters participation in the liturgical services of the church.
How are they following the services and how much are they able to understand or adapt it to their personal life. Why are they going astray or falling prey to other congregations..All these and many other issues need to be debated thoroughly by the Holy Synod.
As a precursor to this, Fr C O Vargis, Vicar of St Stephen’s Orthodox Church, Houston, Texas has written a lengthy ‘Open Letter’ to Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, urging His Grace to present and discuss this alarming situation in the meeting of the Holy Synod.
The letter from Fr Vargis was dated February 17, 2011.
The senior Orthodox priest has suggested that the Synod take an important step to publish the Orthodox liturgical service books in English
‘immediately’. Though, two committees were earlier appointed by the Holy Synod, nothing concrete has materialised, he points out. He has therefore requested Dr Mar Yulios to volunteer the effort in this regard.
In a deeply touching letter, the vicar, shares some of his deep concern and shares his views about youngsters where over 90 per cent of American-born children are unable to read or understand Malayalam making them impossible to participate in our services resulting in many deviating to other churches.
He calls upon the Malankara Church leadership to act fast to bring about changes.
“It is now almost half a century since our people came to this country (USA). But the church has done very little to address this problem – even to recognise it. This tells very bad about our leadership. It shows our lack of concern for our people’s spiritual life,” the letter reads.
Fr Vargis further goes on to comment our wayward priorities. “People are losing respect for the leadership. Many of them do not understand the uniqueness of our worship and disdain from it,” he lamented.