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Orthodox seeker with a question

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by rturner76, May 16, 2019.

  1. All4Christ

    All4Christ ✙ The Handmaid of God Laura ✙ Supporter CF Senior Ambassador

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    Check out St Mary’s OCA cathedral. I haven’t been there but I love their choir.
     
  2. GoingByzantine

    GoingByzantine Seeking the Narrow Road Supporter

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    To the OP, I just want to say that so many of us have been down the same road as you. I too am a former member of the Catholic Church, who left to join Orthodoxy.

    There have been days when being Orthodox is challenging, especially as an American convert, but making the change was a necessary step for me. I feel so much happier and uplifted since I threw off all the legalism and dogma of the Catholic Church for Orthodoxy, I cannot ever see myself going back.

    That's not to say I dislike Roman and Eastern Catholics, it is quite the opposite in fact, but in Orthodoxy I have found the true "holy catholic and apostolic church", and that is something that I have longed for my whole life.

    Don't let the ethnic ties of each church worry you too much. At the end of the day, it is all one church, just like Catholicism. Simply pick the place you are most comfortable going too, and move forward from there. I see your community even has Western Rite churches, so that is a possibility as well.
     
  3. SeekingServant

    SeekingServant Orthodox Christian

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    Western Rite Orthodox parishes are mostly under Antioch or ROCOR. The church I attend is under the Antiochian jurisdiction. My particular parish uses the Mass of St. Gregory, though there is the Mass of St. Tikhon as well. We use the Tridentine Mass in English and if you have ever gone to a Latin Mass you would find it very familiar. We use Gregorian chant and pretty much sing everything. It's quite beautiful.
     
  4. E.C.

    E.C. Well-Known Member

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    Administratively, no, but, socially, yes.

    The Eastern and Oriental Churches are not in Communion with each other (yet), but there are agreements in place between bishops that do allow for Communion at each other's parishes. When I lived in Virginia, there was an Ethiopian family that attended my Eastern Orthodox parish because there was not an Ethiopian parish within reasonable driving distance. In Egypt and Syria there are inter-Communion agreements in place because of the persecutions that have been going on there since the so-called Arab Spring. We typically consider each other brothers and sisters, but we're not quite at full reunification. I think it could realistically happen within the next century or two.
     
  5. Trying_to_be_Orthodox

    Trying_to_be_Orthodox Newbie

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    Go to ROCOR and make it a little bit more American ;)@OP
     
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