Sorry I forgot to mention that I am not exactly very serious in my post, just things that popped up in my head .
I would ban all those newfangled types of singing in the Russian church, bring it back to the traditional ways. No more opera singing
Some of the compositions should be done away with, but a lot of the Russian Chanting and singing is just as heavenly as Byzantine and Gregorian. When it gets overly complicated and over-the-top is when it kind of loses the mystery.
I mostly just meant the songs which you cannot even tell what is being sung. I think if one cannot tell what is even being sung it defeates the purpose
Rip out all the pews
I'd be okay with this, but pews/chairs should remain on the exterior walls for those who can't stand. Even Orthodox monasteries on Mt. Athos have stasidia for the elderly Monks.
yes i only meant the protestant kind of pews
Melt down the organs
There is absolutely no problem with organs in western rite parishes. However, organs don't really have a place in Byzantine Rite churches. Organs pre-date the schism by several hundred years, and are perfectly Orthodox and perfectly Christian. However, they just don't fit with the Byzantine Rite, which is based entirely on a cappella. The one exception to instruments would be drums in Byzantine-rite parishes in Africa.
i personally believe that only the human voice should be used, God did not create the metals of an organ in his image ;P
Make sure all churches at least in USA do the liturgy of the catechumen, because of so many converts
The Liturgy of the Catechumens? Do you mean the Litany? I do feel that the litany should always be included, because of not only the catechumens in other parishes (if yours has none) but also because we are all constantly in catechisis.
i only said it because i hear some churches just skip it and do the liturgy of the faithful
Reinstate the office of the door keeper
No, this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever unless you want to start kicking out the catechumens and those who don't take the Eucharist. That isn't going to happen, and there is no reason for the "door keeper" unless we enter a situation where we are under severe persecution (and not just ideological persecution).
sorry i only said this because of all the robbed churches in the news recently
Ban using a million light bulbs in churches, churches are too bright inside. of course just my opinion
I don't agree with this. I've been inside dark, ancient Byzantine Churches, and you can't really see any of the icons on the walls if they don't have the lights on. In fact, most Byzantine Churches in Greece have had modern lighting installed (beautiful chandeliers that are electric rather than oil/wax candles).
A church should be dim during non-Liturgical Lenten services, as well as at Vespers until the singing of "Gladsome Light". Also, they should be dim until the Great Doxology if Matins is done before Liturgy.
i am fine with lights, just not using more then necessary. only brought it up because of some renessaince era russian churches i have seen
Make sure priests do their prayers correctly, that is, not yelling all of them out and whispering the ones that they should be whispering (not putting it in a microphone so everyone can hear) i mean
No, no, no... The silent prayers are a recent innovation that was done to speed up the services. It was a stupid innovation that needs to be done away with. Also, microphones are completely kosher, especially if you have elderly chanters or an elderly Priest who have beautiful voices, but have lost the ability to project.
Are they?? I am sure at least there are some quiet prayers that are not innovations. i am talking about the prayers that the priest say that he is praying to God, saying "I" rather then "we"
maybe fix that period in the liturgy where you have two different chantings at once. sure, it sounds cool but it makes no sense.
It does make sense, and in fact, practically we are told that there can be 3 different things going on at once during Liturgy.
From who?? Anyway, I highly doubt it was meant to be done in that way originally. what makes those instances merit that method
Ban the crowns. Yes, I said it. Those crowns are not based on tradition at all, and in fact are almost exact copies of the emperor of constantinople's crown (the latter ones). The use of those crowns with bishops only came about after the fall of constantinople. Probably first started getting used by those with much pride
I don't necessarily agree with this. Also, it wasn't due to pride, it was due to the Turks. The Turks made the Bishops the secular leaders of the Greek minorities (and in some places also the leaders of other Orthodox ethnicities).
I still don't see why they should wear them still. What difference does it make if the turks made them wear it? The turks certainly did not invade russia and make them wear the crowns! They certainly are also no longer under the turks in Greece!
Perhaps it is time to no longer keep putting the body of Christ in the chalice. I don't think people nowadays will try to take any home. Or at least allow it in places where there are no people one would suspect to do such a thing.
That also makes absolutely no sense. We receive the body & blood of Christ together, as a whole. Also, you don't have any clue why we use warm water, and the benefit that placing the body in the chalice does practically. The body of Christ CAN actually solidify like stale bread, and so putting it in the chalice with water & wine (which becomes the blood) helps make it so the Priest can separate it and give it to the people.
Also, the body & blood of Christ is far to holy, far too divine, far too awesome to even risk someone taking it home.
"This is my body, shed for you. now let me put it in the wine for you, don't take it home!", as it is written ;P
Seperate the sexes again to right and left again as in tradition.
This doesn't make any sense. I've been in churches in Greece where this is done, but it falls through simply because one side fills up, and some couples sit together anyway. There is nothing wrong with having the sexes integrated, especially when children tend to get antsy and the other spouse may need to deal with them while the other watches the others.
let me guess, the female side always fills up
As in do away with them? They haven't stopped, pews and chairs just make it hard to prostrate. They haven't gone away by any stretch of the imagination, and aren't going away anytime soon.
some churches just bending a little is fine
All in all, not really much innovation. Just putting things back in check
Are you joking? Almost your entire post was innovation. You weren't putting anything back "into check".
hmm yes you are right anyway, innovations of innovations are indeed innovations