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    Visiting a Coptic Orthodox Church

    You may want to familiarize yourself at least a little bit with Coptic chant. The time when we had EO visitors with us (who were OCA, like you) they said they loved our liturgy but found it difficult to follow due to the unfamiliarity of the chant style. Generally speaking, Copts tend to prefer...
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    Validity of Sacraments outside the Oriental Communion?

    That sounds very strange and unfortunate. I was received into the Coptic Orthodox Church from Roman Catholicism (in the USA, if that helps) with no such problems. Abouna just told me to be sure that this is what I really wanted, and then he would baptize me. This is in line with the historical...
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    Validity of Sacraments outside the Oriental Communion?

    Those are not forms of the Western mass(es). I should have been more clear that I am talking about forms of the Western mass, instead of writing "Latin-language mass" instead (wasn't really thinking that one through beyond not wanting to say "Roman mass", because again, the standard Tridentine...
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    Validity of Sacraments outside the Oriental Communion?

    Just for clarification's sake, I don't think that was really the issue. The guy from church who said that to me about the RCC being a modern church I'm sure had no idea about the Novus Ordo vs. the Latin Mass or anything like that, and while I did know about that stuff (though I never went to a...
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    Validity of Sacraments outside the Oriental Communion?

    I'm not aware of anything solid on this either way. I guess there are different ways you could interpret different statements attributed to certain patriarchs, especially in the centuries immediately following the Chalcedonian schism when a lot was written regarding not having communion with...
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    Why should I be Oriental Orthodox?

    East, West...this, that...I like it as HH Pope Shenouda III of blessed memory once put it: "Orthodoxy is Orthodoxy". When you find it by the leading of the Spirit, He, the Lord and Life-giver, plants you there. The struggle is against the passions, not the heritage. I will never be Egyptian, nor...
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    Receiving Communion in other Oriental Orthodox Churches?

    I have never attended another OO church, but I have worshiped with Ethiopians and Syriac Orthodox in the Coptic Orthodox Church. They received with no problems from our priests, except in the case of one of the Ethiopian women. I later learned that it is apparently not common in the Ethiopian...
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    "The Hanging Church": The Church of Mother of God Saint Mary in Cairo

    In my off-internet life I hold two degrees in linguistics, so it feels weird to write this, but dude, you know too much about words if this is meant to be a serious criticism of what other people are doing.
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    Chalcedon...

    EO have developed a different understanding of councils than OO have; at least that's how it seems from the OO side. You don't see OO summarizing things with pithy statements like "Orthodoxy = 3, not 7" or whatever, because that's not how we think of councils to begin with. So it's right to ask...
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    Icon Resource for Study

    HG Bishop David wrote a short treatise on the spirituality of icons for a presentation at Macquarie University's first annual symposium on Coptic studies in 2003, though like most modern Coptic writings it is very eclectic in its sources, citing everyone from distinctly EO saints like Gregory...
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    Is it acceptable to God to venerate relics which are forgeries? (Oriental)

    There can only be so many spears from the lance used by the Roman during the crucifixion, for instance. I've heard of one kept in Armenia, and another in Rome, and another in Vienna, and even more in Antioch (or at least found there) and Poland. So they can't all be genuine, and yet they all...
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    Thoughts on Gregorian Chant?

    Here is a holy Qurbana/Mass celebrated by the Brahmavar Orthodox in UAE, in the Konkani language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yk3_-CIQS8 Those who know more about the interaction between the Latins and the Orthodox in India can probably tell how different this may be from a more standard...
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    Thoughts on Gregorian Chant?

    OP: There is nothing wrong with Gregorian chant. It is very beautiful. I wouldn't be surprised if it was found natively in some corners of the OO Church, like among the Brahamavar (Goan) Orthodox who are the continuation of the Latin (rite) Indian Orthodox who came into the Malankara Orthodox...
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    Oriental Orthodoxy and American Puritan Culture

    I think this is broadly true across the Latin American world. The first serious girlfriend I ever had, from age 20 to 23 or so, was Mexican, and lived in a town about 70 miles away from mine (we had met while I was on vacation in her area). So after getting to know each other for a little while...
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    Some questions about the Tome

    What then do you say to those who are 'hard' on the subject of the Tome, and will not reflect in such a manner as to attempt to see it from the OO viewpoint? Because I have explained everything to the best of my ability to Chalcedonians, basically as in my earlier post, and they don't seem to...
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