Re: The Greek Festival, Columbus, OH
- I have a slightly different take on the Greek Festival in Columbus,
held every Labor Day weekend when the weather is really hot.
I don't remember in all the years I've attended this Festival
claiming to be a "Greek Orthodox Religious Festival." It's a fund
raiser and it makes no pretense to be anything else. It's heavy on
Greek, er Hellenic, culture. Well, that's "their thing" and they do
it well. Well enough to fund a $7,000,000.00 undersized replica of
Hagia Sophia. That's a lot of Baklava!
In spite of this openly secular agenda they somehow manage to bring a
few people into the Orthodox faith, such as myself and my wife Susan.
We didn't enter directly through the Greek Church as some of our
fellow parishioners did, but they opened the door for us. Once I
picked up a book called "An Anglican Orthodox Pilgrimage" (Or words
that effect). It struck a nerve. Within a year I was Orthodox and
quite happy to be away from the constant revisions and social agendas
that plague the Episcopal church.
Speaking as just another "dog under the table" I'd rather be where I
am than elsewhere.
This year the Festvial invited a couple of monks from the Monastic
Brotherhood of St. Theodore the Studite (Mansfield OH, about 50
minutes north of Cowtown). The monks spend their time at the
in what remains of the old church, now a small chapel and the church
Bookstore. In the evening they celebrate Vespers. The simplicity of
their work is quite inspiring. There are no egos in conflict, no
fights for center stage, and best of all NO ONE WAS SHOUTING AT GOD.
There was no spluttering, no impatience. It's the best spiritual
experience I've had since the last time I was at Jordanville. The
music was a vital part of the worship but it never once got in the
way. I wish we could do this.