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  1. J

    What if?

    There's no way to know the answer to this question. If we suppose a Christ other than the Crucified Christ we're talking about a different Christ than the one we know - and who is that? There's just a...physical, I guess? impossibility to answer this. We only know God the Father through Christ...
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    Western Rite Service for a Saint?

    Does anybody know if there's a Western Rite service to or for a saint? If one wanted to have a service to honor a certain saint, but not something like the hours or Vespers or Liturgy? Something akin to an Akathist in the East?
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    Converts Taking a Slava?

    Well, the more I read about converts and Slavas on other sites, and based on the reactions on this site, I don't see any large opposition to the idea (and some Serbs seem honored and excited by the idea). Its a wonderful contribution to Orthodox piety, and those of us who adopt the tradition...
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    Converts Taking a Slava?

    Very interesting. I've never seen that done at my parish. Are they done in all regions of Serbia? The final bit is the Augmented Litany, followed by "Many Years." That's how I see it in all the online translations of the blessing as well. Maybe in America that replaced the slavarice? Not...
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    Converts Taking a Slava?

    Oh you make a good point, Dominika, about the koliva. The saint I took when I converted was St. John of San Francisco. His feast fell on the day my grandmother died (a few days after my conversion day). She wasn't Orthodox, but she was my Godmother in Roman Catholicism that I was leaving. My...
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    Converts Taking a Slava?

    I don't mean to be purely reductionist, but today's Slavas were once a new celebration for the Serbian people as well, marking their conversion. Families today celebrate them because they were passed on. If the goal is to pass on our faith to our children, this seems an excellent way to do so...
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    Converts Taking a Slava?

    ...yes, I meant appropriation.  ;D I'm sorry, it's been a long day. Daylight savings time makes for early mornings. Let me add: does it matter if the convert did not convert into a Serbian parish?
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    Converts Taking a Slava?

    Most specifically to any ethnically Serbian posters here, I converted in a Serbian parish. It's fairly common there to start celebrating a Slava when you convert. Now I'm at Seminary and a convert friend of mine mentioned wanting to start the tradition, but he was afraid that people would think...
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    ROCOR WR conference scheduled for 2015

    I might be mildly, maybe. But I find the seminarians who are nerdy when it comes to liturgics, by that generally mean they are uber concerned about the position one's hands are in when asking for a blessing, whether one has one's enunciation of church Slavonic correct, at which point of the...
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    ROCOR WR conference scheduled for 2015

    Do you know the content of the conference? I've just found out this isn't that far from me. Is there anything Eastern Seminarians might find interesting?
  11. J

    Pre-1066 Orthodox England?

    I think there are several reasons people are interested in the possibility of an English Orthodox Church surviving past Rome's schism. They may not be true or good reasons, but I think they exist. 1) I go to a Serbian parish, and have heard stories of how the Serbs stood up for and preserved...
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    What was the Western Rite done on Mt. Athos?

    Thank you both! I hadn't considered it being Benedictine and so probably following the Benedictine use, and the history was very interesting.
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    What was the Western Rite done on Mt. Athos?

    I've heard repeatedly that there was a Western monastery on Mt. Athos for much longer than any other Orthodox land. I was curious - do we not have the texts from the monastery describing the liturgy and other mysteries? If so, did these in any way influence the current Western Rite practices?
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    Bible Study and 'Church School'

    You make your meaning clear, so don't worry about it. Gotta say, don't know you, but I'm proud of you for even going to Church if you find it as difficult as you do. How active a parish is can depend on a lot of things, the first two being size of the parish and the organizational skills of...
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    Bible Study and 'Church School'

    It might not actually be *after* coffee hour. In the same way Liturgy follows Matins right away, Church School often follows Liturgy right away, or part of coffee hour. At our parish the children leave after receiving Communion to go to Church school. They come back in halfway into coffee hour...
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    Bible Study and 'Church School'

    "Church School" is for children. It's what Orthodox call Sunday School. Bible Study is a study on the Bible for adults.
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    Catholicism to Orthodoxy

    Presumably it means that the sayer finds Eastern Catholics to have all the same heterodox beliefs of Roman Catholics, but have an Eastern style service instead of the Roman Mass. I often feel this way about Eastern Catholics I've talked with, prime examples being mardukm on CAF. Their mindset...
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    Catholicism to Orthodoxy

    Former Latin Mass-er here. There is a big difference, and the biggest one is mental. Converting from thoughts of rationalism and authority to one of mysticism and collegiality was a shift that came about only through attendance and practicing the Orthodox faith for a while. Of course, that's...
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    Take me to school: The Icon Corner

    The reason I heard that corners became tradition is because (reminder, this is what I've heard) it was a Russian belief (maybe superstition? IDK, the babas tend to know more than me so I don't want to dismiss it out of hand too quickly) that evil spirits lingered in corners where the light...
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    How soon to have kids after marriage starts

    A hospital birth around here costs on average about $10,000. That's just the birth and pre-natal care (maybe not even that), not any post care, and much higher for a Caesarean. A midwife and homebirth cost us $3,000, including post care. Insurance covers most, if not all of it (our insurance...
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