19921Re: Red Candles???
- May 3, 2007--- In email@example.com, Stephen/Î£ÏÎÏÎ±Î½Î¿Ï
> Yes, father, but making "red" candles has to be a new
>tradition, an innovation; and is probably against
>the church canons because they most likely use an
>"artificial dye" to make that color, whereas Orthodox
>candles are supposed to be made of "pure beeswax" with
>no artificial ingredients. Red paschal eggs and red
>(crimson) vestments *are* traditional.
Many Russians would consider the bright red eggs (dyed with Greek
ARTIFICIAL chemical dyes) to be untraditional. Traditional Russian
Pascha eggs are dyed with natural vegetable dyes made from onion
skins, etc. So, please don't try to twist differences in ethnic
customs into canonical arguments. For every canon that you wish to
hurl against the Russians, I could find another to hurl against the
Greeks (both old and new calendar.) In the end, we won't have
accomplished much except to have behaved in an exceedingly un-
Christian manner. I prefer to leave judgements about what "is
probably against the church canons" to my bishop.
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