A few things...
What they mean is that before the schism, the English Church was in full communion with the Orthodox Church, hence it was Orthodox.
The English Church was Roman in many different aspects (language, many aspects of the Sarum Rite were later influenced by Rome's liturgy, vestments in some places)...guess you could call it "Roman Orthodox"...though the RCs have just as legitimate a claim to calling England "Catholic," as it's just a matter of who's side you're on now to look back in hindsight and say, "See, they really
would have agreed with us
Likewise they could legitimately say that Hagia Sophia was "Byzantine Catholic," as it was quite Byzantine and, up until the schism, in communion with the so-called "Apostolic See," so there you go...
There is a canonical Western-Rite Orthodox church in Dallas, if you or your wife is interested. It's under the Antiochians.
Bit of a correction: it's in Fort Worth, which is the good part of an hour's drive away. It's about ten minutes away from my house!
To be honest, i hear quite a bit of bad talk about the ROCOR as being cold, hard, exclusivist, isolationist, etc. etc., but every ROCOR person i've met has shown nothing less than honest love and kindness. Where do they get all the bad rap from?
I'm glad you had such a wonderful experience with the ROCOR. Indeed, my experience with them has been almost entirely good, with much civility and respect shown on both sides. There are, though, those within ROCOR who are the "vocal minority" that scream that all those who were received only through chrismation and not through baptism aren't really Orthodox and they need to be baptized when received into ROCOR, who call us heretics, schismatics, apostates, etc., and who rant about calendar and ecumenism as if we were in bed with the Unitarians. Like I said, they're the minority, but unfortunately, they're the ones you hear the most from online.
Plus, there's the issue of whether or not ROCOR was justified in separating themselves from the Patriarch of Moscow. That's a hairy one, as it has to do with who the "legitimate heir" of Russian Orthodoxy is, especially here in the States.
Is one recommended to give up the Rosary upon entry into the Orthodox Church?
I wasn't, though I've since stopped using it since I created that thread months ago. Mostly due to my desire to have public and private devotion "match" as much as I can. When I attend St. Peter's for Evensong I prepare by using my Prayer Beads to pray the Ave Maria
(usually I pray the Jesus Prayer on them).
i know about all the warnings about using imagination during prayer, and i do have a very active imagination. To be honest, it has practically made me scared to pray simply because i don't want to be disobedient or praying amiss. Prayer through images is somewhat second-nature to me.
That thread got some interesting responses, to be sure. I read Unseen Warfare (as edited by St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mt. and St. Theophan the Recluse) and several times it was mentioned that we are to clear our minds of pictures, calling out to Christ as the unknowable second Person of the Trinity.
I'm no expert then, as I've just learned this myself, but there's my $0.02.