Panteleimon said:In the past few months, I have felt this call to look into the Orthodox Church. I was raised Protestant, but feel like many denominations are being blown around too easily by the winds of societal change. I recently read the Way of the Pilgrim and the Mountain of Silence which really ignited my interest into the Orthodox church. While there is no Orthodox church in my current location, there are some a short drive away. I am starting this thread to get some forum input on what an Orthodox service is like, and what constitutes being an Orthodox believer. I want to show up to my first service knowing what is expected of me. Any website or book recommendations would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Kid Twist said:Go to an eastern rite (Byzantine) catholic church, stugatz
I'll make the transition easy for you. (-:
It's no coincidence that having centralized power creates institutions that eventually become, like government, "of this world" = SJW
stugatz said:I was raised Catholic, but the SJW tendencies of the church are getting on my nerves and I stopped going at the beginning of college.
There's a church in my area that gives Latin masses. I don't want to get too far off topic of Orthodox, but are the factions of Roman Catholicism that practice the Tridentine Mass any more conservative? It's the last chance (virtually, anyway) that I'm considering giving the church before I look around at other faiths.
blacknwhitespade said:How have you guys who converted to the Orthodox church in your adulthood faired socially in the church? It seems almost inaccessible. Protestant-to-Orthodox convert Frank Schaeffer acknowledged the social isolation, lack of fellowship, etc, particularly if you're a new convert, in his Dancing Alone book. They seem almost like ethnic clubs moreso than houses of worship: Serbian Orthodox church, Russian Orthodox, Greek festivals, etc. How do you "break in" if you're not Serbian/Greek/Russian/Assyrian and didn't grow up in the church?
stugatz said:Attended a Tridentine mass this morning to get my feet wet. There was a dress code!
I am absolutely floored - women dressing like hoes during the service (low key or high key) has been a very constant thing I've gotten used to over the years. If a mass in Latin is like this, I am officially excited to attend my local Melkite service.
MikeMcLaren said:Francis who is similar to Obama. St. John Paul the Great was the last true pope.