Who are we to make such judgements?
I remember reading in an Orthodox web site on how to make the sign of the Cross properly (humbly) and kneeling at the iconastasis.
Usually this is done by elderly women...and I am sure it is not done for SHOW!
I myself would feel embarresed to do this because I would be thinking that people were looking at me and judging me.....BUT that is for God to judge and who cares what people think....as long as our Lord Jesus Christ knows truly what we are.
quote from Armando///
What's with those Eastern Rite Orthodox making the sign of the cross so big? It looks like they're just trying to put on a show. And why do they go to the two icons in front of the iconostosis to cross them selves and then go all the way to the ground; it looks so fake.
Exactly the reason I started attending the Latin (novus ordo) mass exactly 1 year ago.
The sign of the Cross must be done properly(dsicretely and humbly)...not like you are playing a guiter or some type of instument.....of whom I have seen many people do on many occasions.
The 'going all the way to the ground' is exactly what the Old Testament elders did and the New Testament church continue with this.....it is a sign of respect and not for others to judge.
This again is not a SHOW for people to look and JUDGE what others do, this should remind everyone that YOU are not at church to see and judge others on what is wrong or right!
And to use an excuse as ''Exactly the reason I started attending the Latin (novus ordo) mass exactly 1 year ago.'' is NOT really an excuse but based on judgement.
If I was to go to church and start looking around for wrongs and rights then I too would be judged on my many wrong doings......
Does that mean that I should leave and find myself a comfortable seat and look all prim and proper for the PEOPLE?
Or maybe go somewhere else, where I would FIT IN and look the part...just because I dont look the part on how people want me to look?
12 Things I Wish I Had Known
by Frederica Mathewes-Greenhttp://www.bethel.edu/~ayong/Hist%20Theo%2012%20Things%20I%20Wished%20I%20Had%20Known%20about%20Orthodoxy.htm
Lord have mercy on me a sinner.
Im sorry for sounding a bit upset.....I myself have JUDGED people on many occasions and it is not a good thing.