Friday, May 7, 2010

Is the Western Rite Orthodox?

In an earlier post, I talked about how a friend of mine decided to complete his catechumenate in the Eastern Rite because so much of what he has been reading to educate himself in the catechism is rooted in the liturgics of the Eastern Rite. I also related how there is very little about embracing Orthodoxy via the Western Rite. It also doesn't help that the Western Rite is only approved by two jurisdictions in America (and probably the world), the ROCOR and the Antiochian.

Those who object to the Western Rite have good and valid arguments. This is one of the better objections I have heard of late made by Abba Seraphim of the British Orthodox Church, which is Coptic Orthodox, lead by Pope SHENOUDA III. It's a youtube video and you have to wait until about the sixth minute before he gets into the particulars of Western Rites. Nonetheless, his talk before that point should be of great interest to those of us who desire a true reunion of the Eastern and Oriental churches. Enjoy.


  1. This is great! Turban and phony posh accent...Orthodoxy...salvation through oriental folklore!

  2. Why is it that the Orthodox can never say anything without first attacking the traditions of others? If their religion is so true, why do they have to always get nasty about Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists et cetera? It is shameful.