To all the Antiochian Orthodox out there;
God forgive me for saying this, but does it bother any one that Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America is beardless and weras a suit instead of the traditional Cassock?
I have seen many pictures of him and it rubs me the wrong way when I see a suited Orthodox priest, let alone a Metropolitan. He looks no different than an Episcapalian or Catholic priest who wears the black jacket and pants - no beard.
I don't mean to judge, but in my opinion this is too much. Believe me when I tell you friends that the cassock alone is an excellent missionary tool on it's own. I can remember many times when our parish priest, who wears the traditional black robes ALL THE TIME when he is out of his house, has been stopped and asked if he was an Orthodox priest, and then the conversation usually leads to the person asking if he/she can come and visit the church.
Is it just me, or do others feel the same way about Metropolitan Philip Saliba??? I don't mean to offend anyone, but this is the way I feel.