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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Syrian Orthodox Church and the Bible

The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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The Syrian Orthodox Church and the Bible

The Syrian Orthodox Church attributes maximum reverence to Holy Bible and treats it as ‘God the Word.’ Many people are unaware that it is the illustrious fathers of this Church, who preserved, at the cost of their lives, compiled and named it as ‘Holy Bible’. 

There is not a single liturgy or prayer without readings from the Holy Bible. Deacons read from the Old Testament and Epistles and the chief celebrant himself reads from the Gospel with lighted candles on both sides and incenses in front while all the faithful stand in awe and reverence. 

The Bible is kept on a special table known as ‘Evangalion Mesa’ that is usually at the right hand side of the Thronos. I also said that church should not teach any extra-biblical concepts. 

We, the Syrian Orthodox does not, as often as branded by Protestants, especially those offshoots from this Church, but we are, more often than not, ‘more sinned against than sinning’.

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