RE: ROCA demographics
- I too would be interested in an accurate census of serious members of ROCA.
Speaking as one of many converts to the Orthodox Church, I can only say
that I felt compelled to become Orthodox Christian much the same way the
first Russians did. The beauty and truth of Orthodox worship is
overwhelming to anyone who has not experienced it before.
For the most part, my wife and I were repulsed from the lunacy of the
hyper-revisionism ongoing in the Episcopal church. This is too bad,
because at least twice in the past roughly 100 years, the Anglicans nearly
became Orthodox. That opportunity is long lost due to the turns the
Anglican church has taken in the past 30 years or so.
This leaves us with the Orthodox. Personally, I adore the Russian
approach. I like Russian people very much and I feel very much at home
with them. You could say my heart and soul long to be Russian. But, I'm
tagged with a Celtic surname - a culture alien to me since birth.
I'm puzzled somewhat by the debate over language. Sure, I speak
English. It's my mother tongue. But I understand what is being said in a
great deal of the Liturgy in Church Slavonic and I see no reason to make
everything Anglo. Those who have no interest in learning the language of
the Russian Church are missing a great deal. I'm going to spend the rest
of my natural life learning.
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Reader Michael Malloy
Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Orthodox Church
"A Psalm is the tranquility of souls, the arbitrator of peace, restraining
the disorder and turbulence of thoughts, for it softens the passion of the
soul and moderates its unruliness. A Psalm forms friendships, unites the
divided, mediates between enemies. For who can still consider him an enemy
with whom he has set forth one voice to God? So that the singing of Psalms
brings love, the greatest of good things, contriving harmony like some bond
of union and uniting the people in the symphony of a single choir."
St. Basil the Great; in: Strunk, W. Oliver (William Oliver), 1901- comp.:
Source readings in music history from classical antiquity through the
romantic era. New York, Norton