Praying the Sh'himo - Available for Download!

With thanksgiving to God, the MGOCSM of North America, the official youth ministry of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in North America, proudly presents ‘Praying the Sh’himo – Compline Prayers’.

For many years the youth in the diaspora communities, were unable to understand the faith of the Church expressed through Her liturgical hymns and prayers. However, today because of the ground breaking efforts of Rev. Fr. Dr. Baby Varghese, a scholar in Syriac, and the West Syriac Liturgical Tradition, many of the sacred prayers and hymns of the Church have begun to be translated from Syriac to English. The versification of the hymns of the Church is due to the dedication of the new generation of clergymen of the North American Dioceses. The Hymns of the Office of Compline, which is the canonical office of prayer done before retiring to bed, which are in this album, have been developed by Rev. Fr. Jake Kurian, using prose in ‘The Book of Common Prayer of the Syrian Church’ by Bede Griffiths.

These recordings, which include the use of instruments, are not to be imitated during liturgical worship. Rather, the purpose of this album is to encourage our young people to listen to the positive and nourishing hymns of Christ’s Church, as opposed to secular music which can play a negative influence on their lives.

Let us pray that these tracks will give us an opportunity to delve into the ancient spiritual treasure of our Church, and will strengthen our prayer life and ultimately, our communion with our Creator.

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