Pope Shenouda on the Legacy of St Habib Girgis

St Habib Girgis and H.H. Pope Shenouda were undeniably great luminaries of the Coptic Church in the 20th century. Unfortunately, around the turn of the century, a movement arose within the Church. This has been described as “New Age Orthodoxy”, or perhaps more bluntly as the “Coptic Charismatic Movement”.

Pope Shenouda on the Legacy of St Habib Girgis

St Habib Girgis and H.H. Pope Shenouda were undeniably great luminaries of the Coptic Church in the 20th century. Unfortunately, around the turn of the century, a movement arose within the Church. This has been described as “New Age Orthodoxy”, or perhaps more bluntly as the “Coptic Charismatic Movement”. One of the first-line apologetics of this movement is to distort St Habib Girgis’ composition of Orthodox paraliturgical hymns, in order to give the introduction of Evangelical Protestant “praise and worship” a veneer of Orthodoxy. Such arguments are unfortunately parroted by ill-informed Copts to this day. This movement also abused the great legacy of Pope Shenouda in his final years on Earth by attempting to attribute all of their heterodox practices to the late Pope.

However, in the following quotation, Pope Shenouda sets the record straight regarding the musical legacy of his now canonized teacher and mentor:
“He was also a poet and a composer. He composed the theological college anthem. He also composed many spiritual songs that follow the same tune of the church hymns. Upon this context, he wrote many spiritual poems for adults and children. His poems reflected a genuine orthodox character such as St Ephrem the Syrian.”

We also look forward to H.G. Bishop Suriel’s upcoming book, an abridged version of his doctoral dissertation on St Habib Girgis, to further clarify the Orthodox legacy of this great saint.

Source for Pope Shenouda quotation: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=433943590127040