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Now I am on a computer, I can reply in more detail and write longer;although I have to be honest and say I am not sure if "longer" can beany different to what I contributed with before.
First of all, I totally agree with you, and I said it before, ritualskept changing through the ages. I have no qualm with the congregation and theHoly Synod to continue to appraise and critique any thing, and not just followblindly. However, these things that you mentioned have taken place for ages andthey have very good reason.
As you rightly said veiling the body and blood of Christ is unnecessaryanymore. BUT, on the Covenant Thursday it adds a meaning that the wholeuniverse wasn't aware of such a miracle happening (indeed, miracle is only amere word that cannot express the mysterious beauty of such an event).Therefore God was with his disciples and a number of other followers, but whoelse learnt of that until AFTER resurrection and preaching? So it only has ameaning to be done on Covenant Thursday.
As for Communion itself, you must be aware that strictly speaking weshould partake of the Communion AFTER the Jewish day has finished (i.e. afterfive o'clock, hence the baskha eleventh hour of Thursday). Psalm 150 is onlywithheld on this occasion, and on Apocalypse Saturday liturgy, because we readprophecies, both from other prophets as well as David the prophet himself. Idon't see how this is different at all than singing psalm 150 with tune! It isstill a prophecy, isn't it? Or does psalm 150 declare that Christ ALREADY came?
Lastly, stating that the church had different practices in the same erais quite true, but the majority of churches followed these pieces of ritualssince before the 20th century. In fact what the Holy Synod did, with theauthority and approval of pope Shenouda (in fact I think he ordered thathimself) was the more divisive act. Some churches started to do their own thingafter Palm Sunday in joyful tune, some in annual, some in edriby, and some amixture of either! That is why I see no reason for changing things willy nillyas long as we have developed a very good notion, through the evolution ofrituals and reasoning throughout the ages.