Thursday, March 02, 2006

Pro-WRV Greek Orthodox

To give another view of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's outlook vis-a-vis the Western Rite, the wonderful Met. ISAIAH of Denver published a pro-WRV in his diocese (in the Diocesan News for Clergy and Laity in February 1995). Of particular interest is his conclusion:
The Western Rite has proven to be an excellent missionary outreach in the Western World to those who seek the purity of Orthodox Faith, yet are uncomfortable with the oriental character of Byzantine Rite Orthodoxy. Nonetheless, people of either Rite worship together and the clergy may, with episcopal permission, concelebrate.

The properly Baptized and Chrismated members of parishes who use these liturgies and are approved by Metropolitan Philip are Orthodox Christians, and are welcome to worship in parishes within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and to receive the Sacred Mysteries.
His Eminence is also known as being on the cutting edge of Goarch on using the English language and welcoming converts into his parishes. He seems like someone worth heeding on this matter, if you ask me.



Blogger Eric John said...

"The Lord preserve Metropolitan Isaiah and keep him alive that he may be blessed upon earth; and deliver him not into the will of his enemies. May he stand firm, and feed his flock; in the strength of the Lord, and in the majesty of the Name of his God. Amen."

I think His Eminence would like that prayer for him, since he is a Metropolitan (sort of counts as a Chief Bishop--at least in Slavic Circles), and a diocesenal bishop, and, let's face it, it's a lot cooler than "Many years to you, Master!"

10:20 AM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

I, too, hope he would love the prayer.

How is it a Western prayer is less diminuitive than its Byzantine equivalent? :)

5:00 AM  
Blogger Eric John said...

It's because the Eastern prayer for Bishops was not written by St. Basil the Great!

11:09 AM  

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