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« on: December 24, 2012, 06:42:16 PM »

Hello. When one becomes Orthodox from catechumen to Chrismated, is one declaring obodience to a priest in a one priest parish?

Is one also declaring (blind?) obedience to the entire Orthodox Church? 

AiWhat if the priest at ones local parish endorse spiritual practices that vary from the priest / parish in the next city over and you have trouble understanding how to priests from the same strain of Orthodoxy have varied practices / traditions which each asserts as "right" belief and tradition but vary from each other. How is this reconciled?

Most of all I want to understand the degree (total? partial? Use on owns reason and knowledge of the traditions?) when determining a plan for ones own decisions in life ?

Thank you
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2012, 07:03:54 PM »

Hello. When one becomes Orthodox from catechumen to Chrismated, is one declaring obodience to a priest in a one priest parish?

No.  You're not taking a loyalty oath.

Is one also declaring (blind?) obedience to the entire Orthodox Church?

Yes although there are different levels of obedience as mentioned by others.  Example, if you are unable to keep the fast due to health reasons, you can abstain; fasting isn't a strict requirement and you wouldn't be in a state of disobedience..  

AiWhat if the priest at ones local parish endorse spiritual practices that vary from the priest / parish in the next city over and you have trouble understanding how to priests from the same strain of Orthodoxy have varied practices / traditions which each asserts as "right" belief and tradition but vary from each other. How is this reconciled?

Can you share the different Churches?  Different Orthodox Jurisdictions have different traditions; however, the liturgy remains the same.

Most of all I want to understand the degree (total? partial? Use on owns reason and knowledge of the traditions?) when determining a plan for ones own decisions in life ?

You would have to establish your own worship pattern based on your personal comfort zone.  If you like the church where you will chrismated, stick with that church.  If you don't like the church, maybe you need to find another church to resume your cathecumenate.
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2012, 07:31:15 PM »

Obedience in Orthodoxy is, I venture to say, never blind. Also, there are varying levels of obedience. Monastic obedience is for monks. Parish priests cannot demand the same level of obedience, nor should they react negatively to honest questions and endeavors to understand.

God does not force anyone to do anything. He does not coerce.

I wonder, by the nature of your question, if you have learned a sufficient amount about the Church, and what her life is like. It would seem to me that, if you had, you would be more at peace about what will be required of you. What the Church requires is not secret, and it doesn't change in the sense that you'll be surprised. Take the time you need to learn everything ahead of time.
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