Friday, April 29, 2005

Eastern churches

Metropolitan Kyrill of Smolensk, ecumenical officer of the Russian Orthodox Church, with Pope Benedict XVI


An accurate view of modern RC practice
I may be Western Rite Orthodox, but when I look again at St. Hedwig's, it makes me want to rush off to a full Byzantine Divine Liturgy. Popes and Patriarchs [and academics in ecumenical dialogue] may dream of union, but when ordinary Orthodox people can see this (St. Hedwig's) kind of place around any corner in any city in the western world, they just do not believe that it is the equivalent of what they have, and they want nothing to do with it .... and in Orthodoxy, they do have a say .... it (St. Hedwig's et al.) is all very depressing.
- Fr Michael (Wood)

In other words, dropping the filioque (something some mainline Protestants do occasionally), tacking on an epiklesis and adding a token deacon to a service that in spirit is really mainline Protestant doesn’t make it resemble the Christian East, or any other Catholic services, any more than my putting on a baseball cap backwards and speaking in rhyme to a beat would make me a gangsta.

Eastern Orthodox Good Friday
For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

The plashchanitsa, the icon of the burial of Christ used in the Orthodox liturgy on Good Friday

Благообразный Иосиф, с Древа снем пречистое тело Твое, плащаницею чистою обвив, и вонями во гробе нове покрыв положи.

The noble Joseph, taking down Thy most pure Body from the Tree, wrapped It in a clean linen, anointed It with spices and placed It in a new tomb.

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