Do you have a link to that?The Spokesman for the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow said that people who uphold ideas such as Joe Biden should be arrested.
"As for Biden's initiative that an eight-year-old has the right to change sex, I consider such a statement a blasphemy. I think people who promote such ideas should be imprisoned, because, in my view, this is a crime. To understand how all this happens, just go to the website of a clinic that offers such services and read how sex reassignment surgery works. Your hair will fall out from what you see or read there. Therefore, for an adult - Such an operation is nothing more than mutilation of a person. The submission of children to such operations is a crime, which must be followed by criminal punishment, as well as the propaganda of such operations." - Head of the Department for Foreign Relations of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, Orthodox Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Hillarion.
And the quoted remark closes just after the 5 minute mark. Thanks very much.
This reminds me how much I miss coffee hour. My (Greek) priest went from "ignore the online registrations, just come to church anyway" less than 3 months ago to lowering Church capacity to less than 20% and then 10% when there are no state restrictions anymore. Rationing sacraments doesn't seem right to me.True chad, everyone is so silent and respectful, and the kids are very interested in what he has to say. The room is not full of commotion, everyone is focused on the patriarch.
Thanks for the answer!Many babushki (old ladies) will chew you out for any infraction. It's equal opportunity—everyone will have many such stories—and forgiveness often comes as easily as the criticism did. And the babushki aren't always right. My 3-year-old was recently scolded for speaking English while entering the gate of a monastery in Russia, LOL, which of course was not a reflection on anyone other than the scolding babushka and was pretty hilarious. And we had a very interesting and warm conversation with her later that day. She just cares a lot about the faith and wants it taken seriously.
It is very incorrect to cross with the left hand—unless you don't have use of your right hand, which I saw for the first time in church a couple weeks ago. Making the sign of the Cross correctly was heavily emphasized by St. John Chrysostom, so it's not some picky innovation to focus on it, but ancient tradition.
Definitely be ready to accept criticism humbly when attending an Orthodox service. Orthodoxy makes us aware of our weaknesses and failings along with all the blessings we find there. Very much a good thing, but doesn't always feel great in the moment.
This answer takes into account both American ROCOR parishes and the Russian Church in Russia proper. In both I have found it to be much more a function of the particular people and the parish culture than the jurisdiction as a whole.
But be ready for anything!
Yeah, when I noticed I did quietly correct him in church and he had no problem doing the rest of the service with the RH- it was the grief he got afterwards that turned him away (i.e why would I join this church if they believe i'm evil?).Left-handed vs right-handed symbolism, in general, is a very ancient and deep symbolism in many cultures. Even in modern psychology, we see different hand usage corresponds to different personality types and dispositions. I would hope your friend can be open-minded and investigate in detail why people may believe in such traditions.
Very strange question: does anyone know how the ROCOR/ROC at large views left handed people? I was in a Catholic Church this past week with a friend due to bereavement and he accidentally crossed himself with the left hand to the horror of a few elderly people that berated him after service. It got a little heated and it turned him away from the Church all together.
I attend an Orthodox church and this has never been a problem from what I know, but i'm wondering if this is something that exists in the wider ROCOR?
Yes. Specifically and mundanely, using toilet paper.Even in Islam, the left hand is reserved for certain actions.
Very good point.Can't comment on ROC/ROCOR, as i'm not part of it, but left handed and right handed have far more connotations than you might realize. It doesn't matter whether you're left or right handed, you should always cross yourself with the right hand. The elderly might just have chastised out of habit, from what you're telling me it seems like they overreacted emphasizing the importance on the outward action more than the reason behind it, which is not good.
but if you look at the icons, Christ is always blessing with the right hand, and the book, representing the law is always in his left hand. The right hand brings together, and the left hand pushes away. It's why we shake hands with the right hand, it's also why traditionally the sword was used in the right hand, for your intentions are open and honest wielding a sword in the right hand. The left hand, is the dagger hand, it's the hand you'd stab someone in the back with after embracing as you would family. Even in Islam, the left hand is reserved for certain actions.
Russian Orthodox Christians celebrated Epiphany by plunging into the freezing water in various cities, villages, towns, etc. across Russia. The annual baptism is a long-lasting tradition of the Orthodox Church with thousands of Christians across Russia taking the icy dip to celebrate the baptism of Jesus.