Must admit, there may not be many but they seem very united, and agape love
is very prevalent, so it seems. I live maybe three hrs East of them, and
maybe should some day visit. Am sure they have been visitors at my church as
well, and did not realize it. Looks inviting to me, and such a nice history.
Think the uniting of ROCOR and Moscow Church should not cause people to
panic. Our Lord is in charge, and will prevail! We have rights to have
questions and want to be sure all is well. We do need to hold to our faith
that God will , in the end, never fail us.It is just too early to jump to
conclusions, and we must see what our Lord has in store for us in the end.
Well, this is my interpretation, but that is just me, and I do not have all
the answers. God does have the answers, and am sure he would want us to have
faith, and wait for him to show us where we are being led.
But the people of this church, seem to be filled with God's love. Such a
nice church it would be a pity, I think, for anyone to leave hastily.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Melissa Bushunow" <cafeconlechemom@...>
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2007 3:58 PM
Subject: Re: [orthodox-synod] Re: Parish in Binghamton, NY Area
On Feb 12, 2007, at 5:14 PM, Fr. John R. Shaw wrote:
> JRS: A few minutes ago, I received an e-mail from Bishop
> Christodoulos, announcing a new
> website, with photos of his visit to Fr. Thomas Maretta's new parish.
> There are three photos that give a what appears to be a complete view
> of everyone in the
> congregation there yesterday.
> I counted only 16 individuals, aside from the clergy.
> People were saying that 40 people had left with Fr. Thomas and only
> 10 stayed, but
> judging from these pictures, it looks more like the other way around.
I got a conservative count of 23 adults in church, not including clergy
or children. In the photos of the festivities after the Liturgy of 15
adults shown there was only one positive match with someone
photographed during the service. Granted -- head coverings, change of
position, incompletely shown features, etc. could account for more
overlap. So let's split the difference; that makes at least 30
individuals, plus clergy and children.
But the real point is not how many people in attendance in
Binghamton/Endicott/Owego made it into the photographs that made it
onto the web. The real point is that it is tragic that clergy,
monastics and laity are leaving ROCOR because ROCOR is leaving the
confession of the New Martyrs and its first hierarchs of blessed
> The church is said to have been recently built, but as I wrote
> before, it does not look as
> though it was designed as an Orthodox church.
> Perhaps some other denomination had built it, but then failed with
> payments or some
> such thing?
Below is the description of the about the design and construction of
While on a pilgrimage to the holy places of Greece several years ago,
the devout couple Dr. Lazarus and Rachel Gehring conceived a desire to
erect a private chapel on their property in Owego, New York. It was
about this time that the Russian Church Abroad, of which they were
members, began moving in the direction of union with the Moscow
Patriarchate. This move elicited considerable resistance in the
Gehring's parish, and Lazarus and Rachel responded to the developing
crisis by expanding their original plans for a tiny chapel to building
an edifice large enough to accommodate all the local True Orthodox
Christians. A gifted stonemason and builder, Mark Arrow, was engaged,
and work began. Soon an amazing structure was rising in the countryside
of upstate New York, a building unparalleled in the New World.
The Gehring's chapel, dedicated to our venerable Father Maximus the
Confessor, is based on the beautiful 9th and 10th century Orthodox
churches of Asturias in north-western Spain and is in every detail
faithful to the originals. This small but stunning monument is
testimony in stone to the fact that Orthodox Christianity is that very
faith spread by the holy Apostles throughout the known world and common
to East and West alike in the first Christian millenium.
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