Posts Tagged ‘Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church of America’

Oh, Has It Been That Long?

November 15, 2010

Yes it has.  I didn’t know anyone read this blog until a parishioner and friend asked me this morning before Divine Liturgy when I was going to post again.   So at least one person noticed my long absence.  No excuse for not blogging – I just didn’t feel like it, so there.

Well, what shall I talk about?  Hmmm, Metropolitan Philip seems like too easy a target (but it sure is tempting).   How about some religious news of the weird – is or isn’t Naomi Campbell going to become Orthodox after she gets hitched  in the Temple of Luxor?  Guess if you’ve got money you can get married any darn place you like.  

Locally I was interested in the report of the Russian Church Outside of Russia accepting the Western-rite practicing parishes of the Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church of America .   Never heard of ’em before this, which is surprising since their entire Texas presence is found in my home town of San Antonio not 5 miles from my front door.   It appears to be a small house church in a nondescript neighborhood on the northeast side of town.  I haven’t driven by yet, but did do the modern equivalent with a Google street view (forget the Germans and their privacy issues,  I love this feature).

In the big scheme of things, I don’t think this will change the course of Orthodoxy in America since all ten parishes of this group couldn’t possibly contain more than 1000 souls.   But hey, the soul of 1 or 1000 doesn’t matter to the Lord.  The angels rejoice when just one person is saved, and we should too.  Prayer for these folks is needed – they are coming out of the strange land of non-canonical Orthodoxy, bringing whatever baggage that might entail.  Making a switch like this can’t be easy or done overnight.   I’m reminded though that several of our strongest parish families came out of a local Old Catholic church many years ago.   We’re not talking huge numbers either but what a benefit their witness has been for our Church and Orthodoxy as a whole.

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