Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

More Protestants Find a Home in the Orthodox Antioch Church
nytimes.com ^ | October 2, 2009 | SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN

Posted on 10/07/2009 6:33:33 AM PDT by Nikas777

More Protestants Find a Home in the Orthodox Antioch Church

By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN

Published: October 2, 2009

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. — Cal Oren was threading his way through the Santa Cruz Mountains of California early one evening in 1993, driving his wife, brother and three tired children back from a day of hiking amid the redwoods. As their car neared the town of Ben Lomond, Mr. Oren said, his brother pointed to a church on the roadside and said: “I’ve been inside this. It’s really neat.”

So Mr. Oren pulled to a stop, and as the children stayed in the car, the grown-ups gingerly padded into the sanctuary of Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church. A lifelong Presbyterian, Mr. Oren knew virtually nothing about the Antiochians or, for that matter, Orthodox Christianity in general. He had always associated Ben Lomond with hippies, geodesic domes and marijuana fields.

As he entered, a vespers service was under way. Maybe two dozen worshipers stood, chanting psalms and hymns. Incense filled the dark air. Icons of apostles and saints hung on the walls. The ancientness and austerity stood at a time-warp remove from the evangelical circles in which Mr. Oren traveled, so modern, extroverted and assertively relevant.

“This was a Christianity I had never encountered before,” said Mr. Oren, 55, a marketing consultant in commercial construction. “I was frozen in my tracks. I felt like I was in the actual presence of God, almost as if I was in heaven. And I’m not the kind of person who gets all woo-hoo.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Mainline Protestant; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture; Worship
KEYWORDS: antioch; catholic; orthodoxy
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-53 last
To: The_Reader_David; Alex Murphy

Bingo.

We have Vespers on Wednesdays, although we sometimes sing Akathist in its stead on Wednesdays if there is a particularly moving story surrounding the Saint whose nameday it is.

Weds night Vespers we usually have 20-25 people there. Or course, we have a Weds night dinner as well...


51 posted on 10/08/2009 8:06:45 AM PDT by Yudan (Living comes much easier once we admit we're dying.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: Nikas777

Note to self - listen in the AM


52 posted on 10/08/2009 10:11:16 PM PDT by TruthNtegrity (RIP Tony Snow. - praying for his family and friends.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick

The Antiochians are among the most liberal Orthodox.

Go with one of the True Orthodox churches - non-ecumenist, non-liberal.


53 posted on 10/12/2009 5:15:05 PM PDT by prd20091
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-53 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson