Let us pray, peace be with us:

"The Cross that has been the cause of our good and by which our mortal humanity was set free,
O Lord, be for us a strong fortress. And by this Cross, we shall overcome the wicked one and All his devices."

(Syro-Malabar Qurbana)

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  Will the separated Syro-Malabarians come back to their Mother Church?

 

According to the generally accepted view, there are around 1,00,000 Syro-Malabar faithful living in and around Delhi. However, as a matter of fact, a huge chunk of  them are still with the Latin Church. The Archbishop of Delhi had earlier permitted the Syro-Malabarians to join any rite i.e. Syro-Malabar or Malankara or Latin ! However the Archbishop has now asked the Syro Malabarians to go back to/stay with their mother Church (Syro Malabar Church). But it is highly unlikely that this huge chunk would join the Syro Malabar Church. This brings into light the lack of vision and mission of those who are at the helm of affairs in bringing together all our people. It also shows that our leaders are content with the present number of those who have joined the mother church  and let the rest go astray like the aftermath of the Coonan Cross Oath in 1653 !

 

Mission work is all about educating the faithful of our rich heritage and identity which thus gives a sense of conviction, to those who have fallen astray from one's own mother church, to return back to her. If it is to propagate a highly latinised Syro-Malabar Qurbana without taking into account the instructions of the Bishops Synod, incorporate other Latin practices like Way of the Cross, Rosary, Novenas, benedictions and all sorts of latin prayers then what kind of knowledge are we imparting to those who have already joined the Syro Malabar parishes? Where is our identity? What is the difference between Syro Malabar and Latin then?

 

Furthermore, those who are at the helm of affairs in Delhi should have wider acceptance among the Syro-Malabarians.  He should have a vision for the mission, commitment and dedication for the spiritual and material welfare of the people at large in the Capital.  If it is not to give proper and authentic liturgy and ecclesial identity to the faithful, then what is the use of our asking for a Diocese?