After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Eastern+Western Rite Video

Strange liturgical concoction in an eastern/western rite parish.

Would Fr. Seraphim Rose have approved of this?  Fr. Seraphim's spiritual daughter, Mother Theadelphia, seems to think not.  Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to "Letters...":

"Fr. Seraphim was not, by any stretch of imagination, a renegade who thought himself above the ties, realities, and obligations of church life.  He was from his conversion to his death a faithful son of the Russian Church Abroad.  While he was always receptive to all Orthodox Christians of good will and sincere heart, he was never a fanatic of any sort, and he found fanaticism in others sad and wearisome.  His own path was firmly linked to that of his first preceptors in the Faith, among them Saint John Maximovitch, Schema-Abbess Ariadna (of the Vladimir Mother of God Convent in San Francisco), and others.  Like Saint John, Fr. Seraphim was truly Orthodox and truly catholic, loving all that was best in each national Church, without making up some hodgepodge to suit his own taste.  Obedient to lawful Church authority in the persons of his teachers in the Faith and his archpastors (including not least of all his immediate diocesan hierarch, the late Archbishop Anthony of San Francisco), Fr. Seraphim was always opposed to the creation of any factional or party spirit in church life."

In the preface to The Northern Thebaid,  Fr. Seraphim wrote about the Roman Catholic accounts of those saints:

"The most accessible works on Russian Saints in English [those of Fedotov and de Grunwald] are so filled with inaccuracies and distortions, with a Roman Catholic terminology totally foreign to Orthodoxy, and with an astonishingly fanciful notion of Orthodoxy, sanctity, and monasticism -- as to be more a hinderance than a help to the serious student of the Russian monastic tradition."

hinderance = stumbling block


Joanna said...

Neither St. John nor Fr. Seraphim was a "jurisdictionalist." They were non-jurisdictionalists in the sense that they loved the whole of Orthodoxy no matter what the nationality, ethnicity, or local pious customs. But it is wrong to twist that to mean that they were not jurisdictionalists in the sense of political divisions or pseudo-jurisdictions. These, they rejected.

Reader Daniel said...

Note: This is but one sample, of ONE.... local-parish version of the so-called, 'Western Rite', which has been received into World Orthodoxy.

And from what we have learned from other sources, Met. Hilarion-Kapral has received ...various versions, of 'Western Rite", not one model. He apparently leaves it up to each priest, as to what THEY wish to do, ritual-wise.

Notice the two catholic statues, the catholic 'Paschal Candle', the mimicking of a normal iconostasis's iconographic arrangement, behind the altar, on the flat wall, etc., the catholic style rectangular altar, and listen to the modified Gregorian chant, (or is it Anglican chant?), and especially note the stringed-INSTRUMENTS playing a typical Protestant hymn melody, for the 'Processional' at the start of the 'Easter Mass'.

And, just how many are present, in the congregation? other than those performing it.

How!? can this bizarre liturgical mishmash, a mix of Protestant and Roman Catholic and Anglican components,... and, what else?, be 'Orthodox'??? (and which also does violate some ancient Orthodox norms & canons,.... as against the statues and musical instruments, kneeling on Pascha, etc.... compare with a genuine Orthodox Paschal service!???....in any language!

This is in English, yes, but it is so sterile and dry, and lifeless, so formal and very orderly, yet without joy. This is typical 'western' dead worship.

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