The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is proud of its worshipping heritage. It is through the worship that the faith, tradition, and practice of our fathers are transmitted down the generations. The West Syrian form of worship, language, and music was introduced to the Church in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and we continue to use these in our Church today. Unscientific method of singing has altered Syriac music from its original form. Liturgical music that was passed down through the generations was not through musical notations but through oral tradition. In addition, many Malpans (Teachers) added their own style of singing to their teachings, further increasing the number of variations.
Purpose of Parish Choir
- Formation of well organized, systematically trained and centrally regulated/controlled choirs in all parishes of the church.
- To make arrangements for organised choir singing/to facilitate organised choir singing in all parishes of the church.
- To systematize and invigorate liturgical singing in the church and to make it more spiritual enriching, musical and euphonious.
- To ensure the leadership of the clergy and the participation of the laity in the worship of the church.
- To develop/evolve appropriates styles of worship or music for various sacraments and ceremonies while preserving the liturgical heritage and tradition of the church.
- To encourage the recording of new developments in melodies that are appropriate for the Indian culture.
SGIOC Perth Choir is led by Rev. Fr. Ivan Mathews. The choir comprises of talented and dedicated singers who leads the congregation in praise and worship. SGIOC Perth Choir sings at all services and liturgies throughout the year, adding quality to the liturgical life of the parish. Liturgical Choir is an important ministry of the parish as we are called to serve one another with our time, talent and treasure.
Psalm 68:4 – "Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him – his name is the Lord"