Reading of Quran in Holy Eucharist is Blasphemy: An Open Letter to the Faith and Order Committee
I am writing to urge the Faith and Order Committee to investigate the reading of Quran in Holy Eucharist on the Epiphany day, 6th January, 2017 in St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow. I was one of the congregation presenting and I was furious and indignant. Disrespecting the Liturgy of the Word and the Holiness of the Holy Eucharist in the name of inter-faith dialogue is absolutely wrong.
I am a PhD student studying Theology and Religious Studies in the University of Glasgow and go to St Mary’s regularly as a High Church Anglican Christian who recognise the importance of reading the Bible in the Holy Eucharist. The church has a lectionary to decide which biblical lessons should be read on particular day. The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament where the Christ truly presents through the power of the Holy Spirit. The entire service is sacred. The Liturgy of the Word is the moment when the Word of God according to the Holy Scripture is proclaimed to “bring about the obedience of faith” (Romans 16:26). No other religious texts should be read in the Holy Eucharist. Inter-faith dialogue should be conducted in the setting of conference or talk instead of sacrament.
But the Provost of St Mary has no intention to repent. On 12th January St Mary’s cathedral even say that they have reported to the police for the criticisms in the social media. The news even appear on BBC. Many Christian question the faith of Scottish Episcopal Church when my articles are distributed among Christian in Hong Kong and in the United Kingdom.
Reading Quran in the Holy Eucharist is simply not being a Christian. It is not a question about conservatism, inclusiveness or openness. It is a question about the holiness of the Holy Eucharist, the Christian faith and the importance of reading Bible in a sacrament. I must defend the faith and the sacred tradition of One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church even if the church is going to prosecute me. If the Scottish Episcopal Church choose to oppress my opposition and refuse to take any action against the heresy, I can only ask Anglican Consultative Council to end the communion with Scottish Episcopal Church. Here I stand, I can do nothing. God help me. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Andrew Ka Pok Tam
14th January, 2017
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