Forgive me for buttin' in, especially since I am such a novice as to this Old/New calendarist issue... BUT- I recently had my first visit to a monastary, Greek Orthodox Holy Transfiguration in Boston Mass. The Father Boniface gave me a book about Papa Nicholas Plannas, who lived until 1932, an Old- calendarist priest in Greece.
He celebrated the Old calendar Holy days and Festivals of the Saints, and they appeared to him, encouraging him to celebrate against the threat of persecution. A simple man, he loved the Liturgical life, and began at 3am everday, ending at 3pm or later. In his love for service and honoring of the Saints, he did not wish to advert from the practice he was used to, and kept it in secret at great risk.
When he was summoned before the Archmandrite and questioned as to whether he was keeping the Old calendar- he replied- "Oh, oh, only at night!"
This was to show that he was not seeking to cause a problem, but he did as his heart compelled him, out of his love for the "old way".
MY thoughts on this, in light of Papa Nicholas, and those who keep the 'Old calendar'... If it was good enough for the Church to keep it for so long, and for the Saints, Angels and Our Lord and God, to have their memorials celebrated, thier festivals kept and holy feats commemorated on certain days, at certain times, should they not have gotten used to it?
For example... Saint Michael the Archangel keeps his feast day in the heavens, and so it was bound on earth as well as in heaven. Should we then re'schedule it ? and for what reason? Is it for Saint Michael's benefit? Did we have the wrong day before?
Is it now a correction? Or is the heavenly host celebrating as they have done previously?
I would like to have the mental capacity to overstand this matter more fully, but I keep getting lost in the posts, and further away from the heart of the matter. Obviously there is a lot I don't know, mainly what I DO need to know, and what I DONT need to know, in order to see what problems exist and why.
As far as anathemas- if the Church teaches me to keep Sunday as a Holy day- the Chief of Holy Days- and I do so... then they switch it to monday.... and I keep worshiping on Sunday, becasue I became rooted in the Tradition, THEN they Anathematize me becasue I refuse to change the custom which I was previously taught, then this I would say is UNFAIR.
Is there an explaination of WHY the calendar was changed?
Please be patient with me in response, or just ignore me if you like. Thanks. AMDE