there was a something missing in the other churches

Date:         Wed, 21 Feb 1996 10:47:47 -0500
Reply-To:     Orthodox Christianity <orthodox@iubvm.ucs.indiana.edu>
Sender:       Orthodox Christianity <orthodox@iubvm.ucs.indiana.edu>
From:         Kenneth Udut <kudut@ritz.mordor.com>
Organization: SOUP Leaf off of ritz.mordor.com (Jersey City, NJ, USA)
Subject:      Re: Curious Anglicans
In-Reply-To:  <199602210449.XAA25196@obslave.ucs.indiana.edu>

On Tue, 20 Feb 1996 23:36:23 -0500, "Michael D. Malloy"
 <mmalloy@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu> writes:
[...very inspiritational words by Michael...]
>Among our early superficial concerns -  The Ethnic issue.  A language other
>than English.  Unfamiliar music.  The fear of leaving familiar music and
>worship styles.
>These things are NOTHING compared to the eternal bliss of Holy Orthodoxy!
>Adaptation has been very stimulating.  Even as a musician I say, if you
>think you will miss the old Anglican style music BUY GOOD RECORDINGS.  In
>the part of the U.S. where we live that music is long gone anyway.
>Orthodox Liturgy is complex and simple.  The beauty is incredible and the
>theology is always there and solid.
>
>It's late at night.  I've lost my focus.  I hope you don't mind my
>rememberances.
>
>Mike Malloy

While I am not yet Orthodox, I am finding a very common
thread with converts to the Orthodox Church in the USA,
something I *never* would have expected!

For one thing, I am glad for the Methodist Church of my
upbringing and the various churches that attracted me
strongly but always fell short in some way.  My friends and
family are probably sick and tired of hearing me say, "I
loved the Unitarian Universalist church, but something was
missing..." or "The Episcopal Church is *nearly* what seems
right... but it's missing something..." and again, and
again, each church that I visit, study, all are wonderful
spiritual communities.. but there is always something
missing.

The Roman Catholic Church, so far, has come closest to what
seems right, but, for some reason, it seems *too* far... too
much of something.  And I can't place my finger on it.

I haven't yet attended a service at an Orthodox Church, but
that is coming very soon.  I spent three/four hours
talking/listening to an Orthodox Priest (Father John) of St.
Nicholas Church in Elizabeth, NJ... what a wonderfully
patient and fastinating man!  As many sports trophies as
icons and crosses in his office!  [he's a well rounded
fellow, as far as interests go, even though I'm not the
sports type myself].

He was wonderful enough to take me into the church, and show
me around, explain the icons and their meaning, why things
are placed where they are, how confession takes place, what
to expect, the length of the liturgy, and... oh, the ICONS!
When I stepped into the church, I was bowled over!

Mike, you've mentioned something that others have asked me.
I talked to some people about the Orthodox church and the
lack of a piano or organ, and how the service involves
mostly singing.

I would hear, again and again, "Won't you miss the music?"
"Hey Ken, you play the piano - won't you miss hearing a
piano or being able to play during a service?"  "Ken, you
*love* pipe organ and boy choir music...  how can you live
without?"

Well, I keep saying, "I have a piano in my home, and I can
play there.  Also, I'm invited to play at some other
churches in the area, so I can get my "warm fuzzies" from
pats on the back and "good job, Ken - come back anytime to
play"...  And if I want to hear pipe organ and/or boy choir
music, there are many excellent recordings out there from
England and elsewhere - I can hear it at home."

I laughed out loud, Mike, when you said, "BUY GOOD
RECORDINGS!"  I can relate!  I don't think pipe organ or
choir music is going anywhere within the next 1000 years or
so, or at least the next dozen or so generations of people.
And if/when it does, the Orthodox church will be worshipping
in the same way it is worshipping now, and has basically
worshipped for the past 1900+ years.

Even that fact alone is something that is pulling me
towards the Orthodox church far far more quickly than any
other church body has over the past few years!
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