Sunday, June 16, 2013


     As stated in the sub-heading, the purpose of this blog is to reflect on Orthodox life within the liturgical and spiritual context of Western Orthodoxy, as it has been established in the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. I am, by no stretch of the imagination, any kind of authority on the Western Rite and do not speak for anyone other than myself. I simply have a deep appreciation for Western Orthodoxy as carried out in the Church of Antioch and sought a more "formal" space for reflection on this great treasure.

     It may at times be of an apologetic nature, for Western Orthodoxy is not without its critics. I think criticism can be healthy and beneficial. I also think that the criticisms put forth can be adequately addressed if the time is taken to understand why the Church of Antioch has set up the Western Rite the way that it has. I have had numerous conversations with concerned people who were able to put their concerns to rest when important distinctions were made. Of course, not everyone will be persuaded. Fortunately, the success of Western Orthodoxy doesn't hinge on such an impossible task!

     This blog will also not shy away from the great Eastern heritage of Holy Orthodoxy. Western Orthodox Christians fully embrace the faith and doctrine of the Orthodox Catholic Church, including the important developments of more recent centuries (such as the Palamite synthesis of the theology of light and hesychasm). In fact, one key interest of mine is how such unique facets of Orthodox theology and spirituality find expression in the Western Rite.

     In other words, it will be a mixed bag. Hopefully some may find these musings to be beneficial for their own spiritual journey.

Come, Holy Ghost, and fill the hearts of thy faithful people, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

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