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« on: April 02, 2011, 10:25:17 AM »

Last night, we had some visitors for our Stations of the Cross service who had never attended any type of Western Rite service before. It turned out that it was an elderly Greek man, and his son, both of whom were "cradle" Orthodox who had been advised to come by His Grace Bishop BASIL (who is quite fond of the service that we do, which was compiled by our Priest and his wife). Talking with them afterwards, the elderly man exclaimed, "This is what we should be doing during Lent!" The man's son said, "Wow, we are so blessed to have a Western Rite parish in this city. What an important witness! We have so much to learn from each other!" They both went on and on about how beautiful and meaningful and reverential it all was, and are very much looking forward to coming to one of our Masses during Holy Week.

I had no particular reason for sharing this, other than I thought it was a beautiful thing that two people who were born and raised in the Eastern tradition, and love it so strongly, could attend a Western service and have that kind of response. It really does confirm that, despite what hesitations or "issues" that some people have toward the Western Rite (legitimate or not), that actually going to services and experiencing it for yourself can make all the difference.

It's easy to read things online, or read texts and history, and make up your mind about something without having even experienced the thing itself. If some of you have never attended a Western Orthodox service, and you are close enough to a parish, I'd really encourage you to support them and try to attend a service during Lent!
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011, 08:47:51 PM »


Do you mind if I ask which parish you attend?

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011, 03:20:42 PM »

Talking with them afterwards, the elderly man exclaimed, "This is what we should be doing during Lent!"

In such countries as Poland or Ukraine - but definitely not Greece - there is an Orthodox Lenten service called Passion which is said to be Latin in origin (introduced probably by St Peter Mohyla) and can be considered a counterpart of the Stations of the Cross.
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