Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Something came up recently which got me curious. In my Syriac Orthodox Church I remember the priest announcing (at the end of mass) in Church how much money family x or person y gave to the Church (and these are the larger amounts, not small amounts) and after reading what H.H. Pope Shenouda III wrote in his book "The Spiritual Means" for example I don't know how we could do something like that.
Do people from the other OO Churches recognize this practice? Is there anything that could support it?
I've seen vocal fundraisers, I've seen priests raise $6800 in cash singing hymns while folks throw their offerings in the umbrella at his feet for the Church, I've seen pledge-drive type fundraisers where in the Church on a spreadsheet new donations are added and applauded. Personally, I feel it is distasteful, but I've come to accept it as part of my parish life which other folk seem not to have a problem. I do my giving in secret, but I've come to have no hard feelings about folks who blow their trumpets, after all, giving to the Church is giving to the Church, and further, I'd be as guilty of pride about my offering if I were to try and elevate above another because mine was in secret and their was a spectacle.
In our Liturgy we sing, "Lord accept the offering of our brothers, and accept the offering of our sisters, and our own, accept our offering."
Whenever I see any kind of ostentatious giving, I try to say that pray to calm my feelings