Well anyone that knows my situation knows that I have been attending a Greek Orthodox Church, A ROCOR Parish and a Coptic Orthodox Church. I met many wonderful people who love the lord and their traditions in all 3 places. After much Prayer and thinking about it I decided I will be attending the Greek Orthodox Church for quiet a few reasons. last week I emailed the Russian Priest if it's ok to attend The Greek Orthodox Church and he gave me the nod and while the tone felt he would miss me he understood my situation. While I love the Church Slavonic, the Traditionalism concerning pews and head coverings, and the reverence for the Eucharist in the ROCOR parish plus the Priest being a stand up guy I don't understand Slavonic at all and I feel like a fool prostrating, doing the sign of the cross, and bowing all at the wrong times. While the Priest is a good guy at the ROCOR parish the Laity except for a few kind hearted folks seem stand offish to say the least if your not Russian. Now the Coptic Church is beautiful and Most people I met there are lovely folks, Arabs in general seem like such good hosts
. However my problem is in little small ways through there Bible study classes, there Bible conferences with Protestants, there Evangelical like marketing I get the feeling this Coptic Church is heading down that path of embracing elements of the Evangelicalism that many of our Coptic brothers and sisters fear. Plus people showing up 15 minutes before Liturgy ends at the Coptic Church(mostly younger kids) talking on their cellphones and chatting away while lining up to receive the Eucharist rubs me the wrong way like they don't revere Holy Communion why don't the priest who at least seem like a good guy say anything?
Okay now the Reasons I decided to keep attending the Greek Church is a few. One is that the priest who is actually Romanian is actually a very humble priest who drives over a hour and a half to serve the community down here and even slept in the church at times overnight sacrificing his family and all that to serve GOD and his Church that touched me a lot. Plus he is always is willing to loan someone money like when I told him about my boss being sick and I was low on pay he loaned me a small amount of money so I can keep going to church. This priest also gives me bread to take home to my family he seem really down to earth like he hasn't let the ego of being a authority figure get to his head also I must he gets it that it is more important to be Orthodox then a ethnic nationality he even reminded the laity this past Sunday that is just as important to be Orthodox Christians and not just Greek and to remember that with the Greek festival coming up soon so that we all act like Christians to our neighbors, strangers and friends at the festival. Another reason I decided to keep attending the Greek Church is everyone in the laity there is so down to earth from the oldest lady who only knows Greek to the youngest who pretty much Americanized they all have the faith in common and want to share it with people who are inquirers. I was attending the Greek Church a lot during the whole lead up to Dormition and it like GOD through what the priest calls the church summer Pascha was showing me his church I learned a lot just by attending as many services as possible. Also another reason is the reverence for Holy Communion and the Eucharist. Lastly two other reasons are travel convenience and it close to my grandma house and since my Grandmother will be out of a job by next year since the VFW she bar tends at is closing after Church I will be able to visit her more which I should she not getting younger.
Anyways Thanks everyone for your prayers and thanks for moral support. I'm glad I found a Church for now Thanks everyone who prayed and offered support. I would prefer the Church I visited a couple weeks back that is hour and a half away from home which is under the Jerusalem Patriarchate since it just felt holy, was very traditional and was very welcoming but again Arabs are great hosts
but it is what it is for right now until I get a working vehicle. I'm not converting too quick I want to study more and work my way into the Church more then when the moment right attend Catachumen classes plus I don't want to rush too fast, become a hyperdox jerk who eventually burns out and alienate my hosts. To the Coptic Brothers and Sisters here I will continue to pray for you guys and I still believe we are closer than say any of us are with Catholics or Protestants If there was other Coptic Churches no longer than a hour away I would give it a try I respect you all. Thanks everyone again for your support.