Thank you for the mail and the query. Once again we are confronted with a cultural element influencing our religious life. I still remember, in our village Church women used to stand during Holy Qurbana at the back side of the Church behind men. This was the practice all over our Church before the western Church introduced side by side practice. This influenced our Churches in the southern part of the state first and then those in the northern part. When a nearby Church in my village introduced side by side position, we hesitantly followed suit. There were some elderly people who were not so happy about this change. In the Syrian tradition in olden times (as I have seen in many Churches in Turkey), women stand behind a curtain in the Church at the west end. But now even in Churches in Syria women and men stand together (mixed) without any segregation. Our practice has nothing to do with we deliberately honouring women!