Glasgow cathedral communicants protest Koran readings

 

Glasgow cathedral communicants protest Koran readings

Author: 

Andrew Ka Pok Tam
Reading of Quran in Holy Eucharist is Blasphemy: An Open Letter to the Faith and Order Committee

Dear Sir/Madame,

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.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Ka Pok Tam

14th January, 2017

聖餐上頌讚可蘭經為褻瀆:致信德及聖秩委員會之公開信

信德及聖秩委員會委員足下:

予祈請信德及聖秩委員會調查格拉斯哥聖馬利亞主教座堂於二零一七年一月六日顯現日聖餐上頌讀可蘭經一事。予親歷其境,雷嗔電怒,氣憤填膺。假借跨宗教對話之名,不敬聖道,不尊聖餐,實屬荒謬。

予乃格拉斯哥大學神學與宗教研究系博士生,高派聖公宗基督徒,常往聖馬利亞座堂禮拜,且重視聖餐上頌讀聖經。教會必以經課表定斷某日當讀之聖經經文。聖餐乃基督籍聖靈之大能確鑿昭顯己身之聖禮也。是故聖餐穆皇神妙。聖道禮儀者,據聖經向萬民宣揚上帝聖道,以「令其然歸於一信」(羅馬書16:26)也。是故外教經典不得於聖餐宣讀。跨宗教對話當以會議講學行之,無以聖禮行之。

然聖馬利亞座堂主任牧師毫無悔意。一月十二日,聖馬利亞座堂竟稱已就網上批評而報警。消息更聞於BBC。予怒斥座堂之書文廣傳於港英兩國基督信徒之間,令信者紛紛疑惑蘇格蘭聖公會之信德。

於聖餐讀可蘭經並非基督徒所為。此非保守主義、包容或開放之問題。此乃聖餐之神性、基督信仰及當於聖禮頌讀聖經之問題。我當護衛使徒所傳惟一聖而公之教會之信德與聖傳,無懼教會之指控。若蘇格蘭聖公會堅持打壓,不處置異端,予惟有祈請聖公宗諮議會終止與蘇格蘭聖公會之共融關係。佇立是處,予無可作,願主助我。奉聖父、聖子、聖靈之名,阿們。

安德烈 頓首

主後二零一七年一月十四日

First published here:

Categories: