Greetings in Christ, Felix!
My name is Tim. I have resolved to enter the Orthodox Church, but am
not yet a catechumen. All things in God's timing...
I am a convert from Protestantism, and I found the Orthodox Church in
a process of investigating the early Church. For that reason, I
recognized the Orthodoxy of the Western Church before the Schism, as
well - and found that I love the rites and culture of the ancient
Orthodox West very much.
You'll find lots of great information on the Western rite both from
the members on this list and on the internet. If you are interested
in Liturgy, there is a group called "Occidentalis," which cross posts
to this site (and vice-versa), and which you could join for
information along that vein.
You might try going to http://www.westernorthodox.com
I believe that
this web-page is run by St. Mark's, an Antiochian Western-Rite parish
in Denver. There is a lot of neat stuff there. I believe there is a
link on their site to Lancelot Andrewes Press, where there is also
some very interesting material (a psalter set to old Gregorian
notation and a commentary on the Psalms, which I'm still hoping to
buy some time soon). If the link isn't there, the site is:
I would also recommend http://www.odox.net.
This is run by St.
Hilarion's monastery in Austin (Synod of Milan). This group is very
much concerned with the Western worship and culture from the period
while the West was still Orthodox (before the schism). You'll find
liturgical texts (in Latin and translation) from the ancient and more
modern West, and they have a great icon gallery of Saints of the
There are many different opinions about the Western rite, even within
varying WR communities! But the common ground is far greater than the
Welcome to the list, and I hope you find what you're looking for!