I'd like to affirm these wise words from Orthogrammy. Everything eventually
falls into place.
In my area I opted to attend the local Greek parish only 10 minutes from our
home, rather than the OCA parish over an hour from my home. Now I preferred
the OCA parish for a few reasons...everything is done in English and I
prefer Russian polyphonic music as opposed to the Byzantine Chant.
Additionally I was drawn to the piety of the folks at the OCA parish and it
is loaded with converts. But I also knew I would want to be active in my
parish and be able to attend as many services as possible (having spent a
half a lifetime without Orthodoxy, I figured I have a lot of lost time to
make up attending the services!) And the Greek parish, being the only
Orthodox Church in a college town tends to be a little less Greek drawing
all kinds of Orthodox attend there, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian,
you name it so they use more English than some--which for me was very
Nonetheless, it is still Greek and that becomes more obvious especially when
attending events at the Cathedral or with other parishes like the St. John
Chrysostom Oratorical festivals or even holding our own Greek festival. At
first I struggled with the Greek thing. There isn't one iota of Greek in
me. But over time, as Orthogrammy points out, everything has fallen into
place and I am quite at home being a non-Greek in our Greek parish.
So do what makes sense for you. As my priest says "soak up the services."
Expect that there will be cultural differences. Open your mind and heart to
them. You'll learn to appreciate them over time. And they will learn to
appreciate what you bring to the parish...especially if you bring Bavarian
Brezen to the covered dish luncheons! ;) -----R
On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:31 AM, E <orthogrammy@...> wrote:
> --- In LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com<LutheransLookingEast%40yahoogroups.com>,
> "waynewhitmer" <waywhit@...> wrote:
> > I just posted this on Monachos.net and would also like to hear the
> opinions of my fellow Lutherans.
> > I just read an article regarding Fr Peter Gilquist and it states:
> > "Gilquest said he chose to join the Antiochan Orthodox Church because he
> asked himself when the church in Antioch died, and realized it never did."
> > What are the essential distinguishing characteristics of each Orthodox
> jurisdiction? Is there a good article which addresses their origins and
> differences? Were I to convert to Orthodoxy I would have 2 choices locally
> and 1 choice within an hour away from my residence. 1. OCA 2. GOARCH and the
> 3rd an hour away would be AOCANA.
> > Does it really matter or is one more open to converts than others? I know
> in the end I need to visit these parishes to understand however I'm
> interested in your thoughts?
> > Regards,
> > Wayne Whitmer
> Music styles are different. Greek and Antiochians will use Byzantine chant.
> OCA is more Russian (polyphonic), although Antiochians use lots of Russian
> choral music too. My Antiochian parish mixes both Russian choral and
> Byzantine chant. Food is different too. Yummy baklava and falafels.
> At my old Lutheran parish, majority were of German descent, services were
> changed over from German to English after WWII I'm told. Now, at my Orthodox
> parish there is more ethnic diversity, (Syrian, Palestinian, Russian, Greek,
> Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, the USA), but we all sign the +cross the same
> No, it doesn't really matter what jurisdiction. I'd say, first, decide if
> you want to pursue Orthodoxy. If yes, let nothing deter you. Focus on
> worship at the Divine Liturgy and/or Vespers. The services alone are more
> than sufficient. The rest will fall into place.
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