Has the service of the Midnight Praise during the month of Kiahk gone too far in praising St. Mary? It seems that focus at times almost completely shifts away from the mystery of the Incarnation and our role in it and focus purely on the glory of the Theotokos.
I hear a lot of complaints of people turning to Protestant music. My question is, why aren't the orthodox composing and creating new hymns. It seems that our liturgical services have reached a completely static state, incapable of composing new music, words and hymns with Orthodox theology and ethos in English as well as Arabic. Maybe that's why people are turning to Protestant hymns? Has the church become static?