The Role of Women
in the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch
by Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas
The Role of Women is a topic of importance today in our
Syriac Orthodox Church which is a deeply rooted
traditional apostolic church.” In our presentation, we
shall depend upon the Holy Scripture and the tradition
of the Church, namely the teachings of the Apostles
which have not been recorded in the Scriptures.
Trinity and Role of Women in Heaven
There is only manhood and son-ship in Heaven, making it
transparently clear that femininity is meant only for
the procreation process that is akin to this earth only.
Anything thus associated with Heaven has no womanhood or
of Trinity and the Role of Women in Church
The revelation of the Holy Trinity, through the Bible and then through the
reflections of our Church fathers has profound implications for our life today.
While the understanding on the Holy Trinity has been one of the most complex
themes that has been dealt with, the studies so far by early Church fathers and
then of late by modern theologians helps us to understand certain aspects of the
Concept of Trinity and the Role of Women in Church -
Going against natural selection is the mode of rupturing the fibre of the
creation and society. But it is set to happen by woman dominating over man as
the Kaliyuga signs which flower 'at the end of days'.
Role in the Church Affairs
We have a double standard system within the church,
within our parishes and communities and within our
families. Jesus gave more importance to Martha, Maria,
his mother and even appeared to Mary Magdalene
even before appearing to any other disciples of His,
there by giving importance to WOMEN, in my opinion.
and Church Affairs
Can women be allowed to enter the Madbaha (the holiest place of our Church)? I
have seen an active discussion about this topic in IOC Website. IOC actively
encouraging this dangerous trend without considering the biblical teachings.
Women in Jacobite Church
The uniqueness of our church (comparing to any other
Apostolic or Protestant) churches is that, the church
practices are based on Bible Laws, Traditions and
Teaching of church fathers. If you look at the history,
social laws were always derived from religion.
Role of women in our church
Male chauvinism is the only reason for the disparity and inequality of women in
our church. God created men and women in Adam. In Christ all are equal. There
are some special roles for men and women to be played according their body built
not according to their abilities and gifts.
Position of women in the Syrian Orthodox Church
It is very clear from the Holy Gospels the equality our
Lord bestowed upon woman. His very ministry and company
of the Holy apostles was founded and provided for
financially in regards to the essentials of daily life
by well to do women who were very prominent female
Role of Women in
The ignorance of the vast majority of our lay people and
clergy on the stand of the Syrian Orthodox Church's
views about the role of women in the church are really