I'd like to ask your input/opinion on an issue that perhaps many of you are already or have already encountered.
If you are in the diaspora, is Coptic dying out? Are the Coptic hymns being replaced with English ones??
Coptic as a language is a language, in its own right. I don't particularly think our Orthodox faith is dependent on a particular language, but I do feel that the words, the spirituality, and the "way" we pray should be independent of the language.
What I find is that many songs, although theologically correct, are being sung in the Coptic Church in lieu of traditional coptic songs. I think these songs are perhaps "theologically" correct, but not really "orthodox" correct. The fact that they do not contradict our faith does not necessarily mean that they are in accordance with our orthodox spirituality.
There is going to be an issue with the Coptic language for generations to come within the Church; whether in Egypt OR outside Egypt. But what is the answer? Do we do away with Coptic language? or do embrace it even more than before??
What about your youth who neither understand arabic, NOR coptic? What does an arabic speaking Church offer them?? The Coptic songs, when translated in English don't sound as good. Should learning "coptic" be therefore an important part of any sunday school curriculum??
Well, just so you know, I'd like to explain where I stand:
I think the Pope should write for more hymns in English. Having said that, until that day comes, i don't feel singing in English nor introducing "theologically correct" English songs in our CHurch is the answer. I feel in doing this, we will dilute our Orthodox Spirituality. Orthodoxy, is not only about our dogma, but also about our "way" of prayer. If we introduce songs that do not subscribe to our spiritual philosophy, nor wisdom, i fear at that point, we would have done a huge disservice to our Church, and to our future generations.
Happy New Year to all of you,