Re: [orthodox-synod] At the OCA
- Christ is Risen!
What is your point?
--- Hristofor <hristofor@...> wrote:
> A little personal history (sorry for going out on a__________________________________________________
> My parents and grandparents (on one side) were
> married in the OCA (the
> other grandparents in ROCA) and I was baptised in
> the OCA. Our family left
> en masse in 1982 after the calendar change (and have
> never regretted it!)
> My parish church had already switched calendars in
> the 70's, after 2
> elections--a precursor to Florida ;-) --some left
> for another OCA parish
> where they were still using the Old Calendar.
> Although I knew Bp Gregory (Grabbe) from attending
> services at Synod, we
> were touched when my grandmother passed away in 1984
> and was buried from
> Synod, he appeared at the otpevanie and gave a
> sermon, even though he never
> met her in his life.
> So, I am very familiar with both sides. The
> differences are numerous,
> though many of them may not be serious when
> individually looked at.
> However, if taken as a whole, they create a totally
> different atmosphere.
> During Lent, I would sometimes visit my old parish
> for evening
> Presanctified, and after your first confession at
> the start of Lent, you
> are allowed to receive through Lent, with perhaps
> another confession before
> Pascha. Most ladies communed with uncovered hair and
> in slacks. The same
> held true at the OCA mission parish at the
> University where I work. While
> communing in pants may not be the worst sin, it
> certainly creates a
> totally different atmosphere, diminishing the awe
> and seriousness of the
> Holy Mystery.
> I belive that there was a posting here awhile ago
> regarding the interesting
> frescos at New Skete... Again, not serious, but also
> creating a bizarre
> atmosphere for worship, leading to confusion among
> the believers.
> Just this Sunday, our priest gave a sermon on this
> very subject. He started
> out saying that one may think that there are few
> differences between the
> OCA and the ROCA; everything looks the same,
> architecture, music, liturgy,
> Russian-Americans. In fact, he said that a friend
> came from the OCA to
> visit a ROCA parish and _he_ was surprised at the
> differences. In his
> particular parish, people are communed almost from
> the street, no inquiry
> is made if there are even baptised. Confession?
> Forget about it!
> The there are the more serious things you mentioned,
> plus participation in
> ecumenical prayer services (esp after 9/11). I am
> sure others would be more
> then willing to add to this list.
> At 01:18 AM 5/23/2002, you wrote:
> > > In light of such happenings in the Greek
> > > (and I am sure in the
> > > OCA),
> >I'm also wondering if you might clarify this
> >regarding the OCA. As a "member" of the OCA I'm
> >certainly aware of certain shortcomings within our
> >jurisdiction-- Our inovlement with the WCC, switch
> >the new calendar for many of our parishes, and some
> >the strange and modernist theology coming out of
> >St.Vladimir's these days. However, on the parish
> >much of the OCA seems quite traditional. (I'll have
> >admit however that the flavor of Orthodoxy which
> >initially brought me to conversion is difficult to
> >find in the OCA's publicatons or many parishes, and
> >better found in some pockets of the ROCOR).
> >I've spent a good deal of time struggling with my
> >involvement in the OCA because of some of these
> >and find myself almost daily second guessing my
> >decision to be received into the OCA.
> >As one who has read many critiques of the OCA which
> >deal mostly with past events in the jurisdictions
> >history, is there anything I should know of that is
> >going on more recently within the OCA that is
> >of critique?
> >Any comments would be great.
> >In Christ,
> >P.Josh Hatala
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