Re: [orthodox-rocor] Fwd: [metanoia]
- Christ is Risen!
There exists a custom in some places back east, espescially in Pennsylvania,
of visiting other Churches besides one's own on Holy Friday, and venerating
the Plaschanitsa in each one. It is some times called "grave hopping".
In the Scranton area, it is the day to cover jurisdictional barriers, in that
many from the ROCOR parishes go to the neighboring OCA Churches despite the
at one time bitter calender disputes. Most of the Churches in that area keep
an open vigil all night often involving the youth who take turns reading
before the tomb and visiting neighboring parishes. Every year some of the
youth and others from St. John the Baptist in Mayfield (ROCOR since '82) go
to St. Tikhon's and students from St. Tikhon's go to St. John's. I believe
both the keeping of vigil, as well as the visiting of each other's parishes
are beautiful customs, and if they express a unity of devotion before the
Cross and Tomb of the Lord that supercedes the current (hopefull passing)
disputes, all the better.
The smell of lilies and rose oil in darkened churches whilst the psalter or
canons are read and people coma and go making prostrations and praying before
the Tomb in each Church they can get to is one of the most positive Holy Week
memories that I have.
I nam darova zhivot vechniy, poklonyaemsya Ego Tridnevnomu Voskreseniyu!
Reader Isaac Lambertsen is visiting relatives and asked me to post the
Bishop Mercury and entourage of clergy did in fact visit the Synod Cathedral
to venerate the epitaphion, but they did so at a time when no clergy were
present and only two or three lay clergy were. They made no statements of
any kind, they just made their veneration and departed. Somebody, perhaps
more hopeful than factual, has embroidered their account of this incident.
We should all stick to the facts.
Yours in our Risen Saviour, Michael on behalf of Reader Isaac