Friday, August 22, 2003

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
On my (pretty much dormant) original site I have a page describing the Orthodox tradition as 'saving medicine for the whole church'. The Eastern Orthodox scene online isn't the friendliest or healthiest place in the world*, virtual or real, but here is an example of that 'saving medicine' that Lee found on it:

The anathemas read on Orthodoxy Sunday

Lee Penn (who is Russian Catholic): Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholics use this service on the first Sunday of Great Lent. It is balm for the soul, and a preparation for spiritual effort. Imagine a service in the Anglican Communion or in the western Catholic Church in which the Anathemas were believed and read.

Yes, get into the spirit of Nicæa II, man.

The Anglicans used to use the Athanasian creed similarly.

*Put simply, a lot of it is orthodox but nuts. Reminds me of people who have AS but don't know they have it, and so act out their problems (ab)using religion.

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