Christopher's advice is spot-on, as usual.
In reading about your liturgical experience in Lutheranism, all I can say
is that I had the same sort of experience. I think the search for meaning
and authenticity in liturgical worship is what draws a lot of us to
Orthodoxy. While anger and frustration and maybe even exhaustion from the
squabbling, distrust, and lack of security in Lutheranism can drive us to
expecting "perfection" in another place, the search for truly catholic and
orthodox worship is not itself a running away, but a running towards the
Truth we are thirsting after.
But if new age worship is such a problem, and the catholic and orthodox
worship of the Orthodox Church is such a wonderful thing, then (in order to
avoid personal delusion) it's important to put Christopher's advice into
practice. The worship in the public liturgy must be carried into the
home. Introduce a simple but regular routine, and stay with it.
In Orthodoxy the Liturgy IS the Faith. It's okay to run to that, if it is
THAT which you are trying to get, but which Lutheranism is incapable of
giving you. Just keep in mind that we human beings are not so simple:
while running toward the right things we often bring unrealistic
expectations at the same time. Take your time. Don't rush. Face each
thing one at a time, the good and the bad. Christ is faithful; He will
lead you into all truth. Chase down Christ. Prayer is how to do it.
On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM, Christopher Orr <xcjorr@...> wrote:
> Here's the translation of the Prayer Book I use (well, an updated version,
> but theses introductory or Trisagion prayers are the same), common in ROCOR
> and some OCA:
> This seems to be the Greek translation:
> Others are easy to find online. I would recommend using whatever
> translation is used at the parish you visit or attend most often.
> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM, Christopher Orr <xcjorr@...> wrote:
> > I would caution that conversion simply *from* one faith to another is
> > bound to be problematic. We can't convert out of anger. We can only
> > convert *to*, and out of love for God is love and he is the
> > destination.
> > Obviously, there are always factors that cause us to begin looing or
> > to be open to alternatives, and these are often infruriating, hurtful,
> > etc., but the actual conversion must be because of the truth, merit,
> > beauty of what is found: the pearl of great price.
> > May the Lord and his saints care for you in your inquiry.
> > If you aren't praying regularly, start. Morning and evening. Try
> > saying just the introductory prayers from the prayer book: O Heavenly
> > King, Holy God, Most Holy Trinity, Our Father (translations vary for
> > these prayers). Or, the Jesus Prayer, but regularly. You can't think
> > your way through this, regardless of where you land.
> > Christopher
> > On 9/14/12, mygourami <mygourami@...> wrote:
> > >> So, I find myself in a Church that has a good paper confession but
> > >> does not live it out. You will find Eastern Orthodoxy more of a Church
> > >> without a confession, in that, it has a living tradition that
> > >> to this day. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. I pray that
> > >> you find peace and Jesus Christ in whichever Communion you find is
> > >> truest to the Scriptures.
> > >>
> > >> Many former Lutherans have "gone East," and, unlike some, I do not
> > >> see them as forsaking their salvation. Maria, in short, where will you
> > >> best find Jesus Christ and Him crucified? If you find Him better in
> > >> Eastern Orthodoxy because Lutheranism has so strayed and bought into
> > >> the nonsense of modern-day Protestantism, I wish you well. If you find
> > >> Him better in a Lutheran Church that is truly Lutheran, I also wish
> > >> well.
> > >>
> > >> Pr. RF
> > >
> > > We have actually spent over a year visiting other Lutheran-LCMS within
> > our
> > > area and one out of state while visiting relatives. They are all over
> > > map, so to say. I actually cried at one when they projected on the
> > screens
> > > some mindless dribble 'song' where they had the kids repeat a single
> > phrase
> > > over and over and we left before the song ended. Our own church is
> > > torn apart by what my husband and I call 'new age' Christians, dont
> > > what the current term for them is. We did find one church where the
> > pastor
> > > still sung the liturgy, uses the red hymnal, and has traditional
> > > Advent and Lenten seasons - why we became Lutheran in the first
> > place...yet
> > > he is in his late 30's and I do not know what they are teaching at
> > Concordia
> > > U but they are not studying Luther, more like venomous Calvin. I do not
> > > believe the LCMS has much of a future, when all the red-hymnal folk are
> > > gone. I fought against the school district for years until I gave up
> > > homeschooled my kids, I gave up campaigning for the 'conservative'
> > and
> > > now rally behind 3rd party candidates, and I am abandoning the sinking
> > ship
> > > LCMS and taking the life raft offered by the EO.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > --
> > Sent from my mobile device
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