This last sunday I was shocked to hear our church use only protestant hymns during communion. As most of you know I have vehemently spoken out against this very practice and you can imagine I have done so at church as well, but clearly to no avail. I have spoken to the higher ups, to the priest, to everyone in between and last sunday I was actually called an extremist for suggesting we use Orthodox hymns....in an Orthodox church. Let me reiterate the dangers in allowing such practice into the church. By singing these hymns we are invariably accepting them, by accepting them we are telling our youth, and other laity, that there is no real difference between Orthodox and protestant. Logically we can conclude that at some point in the youths development they will likely say, why not be protestant? Its much easier and you can attain the same result as you can in Orthodoxy, with less struggle. We cannot validate these hymns because we validate the source which will inevitably lead more dilution of Orthodoxy and people may inevitably leave Orthodoxy for the path of least resistance. I know that to some of you this may seem "extreme" but let me remind you of the spiritual void in Europe, the birthplace of protestantism. Protestantism has slowly widdled itself down to its least common denominator. To the point where people believe you dont need church at all, in fact only 20% of Europeans even go to church. Introducing this to our people could be potentially lethal, especially to our youth. So I ask you to report this to a bishop the moment you see anything like this. If that bishop refuses to listen, contact another. I would suggest contacting HG Bishop Anba Youssef. We need a call to arms, not to physical arms but ones of spiritual warfare, this is OUR church we cannot let it fall to worldly ideology.