I have a question about converting to Eastern Orthodoxy. Lately, as a Catholic, I've been going through a time of uncertainty with my faith. Everywhere I look, I see how Catholic customs have changed (the shortening of the Eucharistic fast to a single hour, the addition of mysteries to the Rosary in the 1960s, the scriptural Stations of the Cross, etc) and I am unsettled by the way that Church traditions are so rapidly changing. I don't think the Catholic Church is damned by any means, but I'm all for tradition and very much against these new, "get-with-the-times" innovations.
Well, then Orthodoxy may not be for you. Though it has resisted many of the innovations of the Catholic church, Orthodoxy has certainly had its share of development through the centuries, and there are people out there who are trying to make the Church look hip and cool for the times. Heck, we even have our own version(s) of the SSPX to resist the changes, and many a convert gets sucked down the dark rabbit hole of finding everything wrong with the Orthodox Church once they realize it is not as pristine as they imagined. The changes have not been as drastic as what we have seen in Catholicism since the 1960s, but if you're looking for institutional
perfection you aren't going to find it in the Church, which is chock full of people
, who have a tendency to screw things up. Frankly, I am beginning to suspect that what a lot of people call traditionalism is actually just fetishism. (I am not pointing the finger at you, OP, when I say that.)
THAT out of the way: the Church is the ark of salvation, and its preserved traditions help us work out our salvation with fear and trembling. If you want to convert because you want to die to yourself and embrace Christ, the doors are wide open.
I first began to suspect that the Orthodox Church is the true Church back in 2006. I will be received into it Lazarus Saturday 2011. I won't bother to fill in the five years between, but taking that time instead of rushing into the Church allowed me to go through many of the phases of convertitis before
my reception. It's true that you won't have access to the sacraments during the time you take to get better acquainted with the Church, but you will have access to them one day, and that time will help you prepare so that when the chrism dries you don't feel like, "Behold, it was Leah."