H.G. Bishop Raphael on Spiritual Songs (Taraneem)

“Today when there are youth who compose taraneem ["spiritual songs"], you’ll find it’s just some random youth we don’t know where he’s from who sat down in an afternoon sipping a cup of strong coffee. And what has he come up with? A nice song. It has no spiritual, liturgical or theological depth. It’s all just emotional fluff set to nice music, and so it spreads.”
- H.G. Bishop Raphael, Secretary of the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod