wow. I didn't know we WRO were such a mysterious animals
Antiochian Western Rite...anybody asks my religious affiliation-it's Eastern Orthodox; no hybrid adjectives about east, west Catholic, Orthodox, or who I am in communion with...The Liturgy is celebrated exactly like Eastern Rite Liturgies I have visited...there is no census taken on who is Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Catechumen...that's the Priest's business to know and deal with; As with other Orthodox parishes, no one is asked to leave, but it is certainly made clear only those who are Orthodox and make regular confession to an Orthodox Priest are permitted to participate in the Eucharist.
There appears, at least to me, no marketing campaign to recruit disaffected Roman Catholics (East or West)...the Liturgy that is followed is that approved by our Bishops. The reverence and participation expected at any Orthodox Liturgy is expected at WR liturgies. We participate in the chants/which like Eastern Rite some parts change according to the liturgical year/some completely, some only by mode (what you would call tones).
We have Vespers Sat evening and Lauds before morning liturgy (vespers before an evening liturgy).
We are not aliens and our reason for being Orthodox are the same as any other Orthodox, no matter which rite we participate in;
I guess I don't understand what's the big mystery or that there is some ulterior motive (unitism? recruiting disaffected traditionalists or Roman Catholics. We are simply there working out our salvation the same as any other Orthodox Parish.
I have been WR over 4 years. I am just as familiar with Eastern Rite and switch back and forth without batting an eye. I don't know I "chose" WR; it was just the place I happened to land when I converted...but I do feel I have benefited by being able to participate in both rites.