Orthodox entitlement continued…
Oh dear. I suppose I should be happy that I am not living in a time when I could be stoned for expressing this heretical posture, but — the ball belongs to all of us. That is, Christianity, in all its glorious forms and practices and hymns and churches with icons and churches without icons and no one part of the Catholic church which includes EVERYONE has any right to excommunicate or bad-mouth another. This is the height of pretentiousness and pride and every grade school attending Sunday School, CCD or any ilk there-of knows that “pride goeth before the fall.” This is how humanity got itself into this mess in the first place and got its behind kicked out of Eden. And, as most common folk of any denomination will tell you, 99% of the “rules” we are asked to follow have nothing to do with what Jesus said or did on earth. They are purely political and man-made. And, may change on a moments notice. Roman Catholics considered eating meat on Fridays a sin for centuries 1966 when the rule changed. As far as I know, nothing has ever come down from the head office about eating or not eating meat on any day. And it has been this way from the very beginning, when the most learned clerics, the bishops would assemble to debate which books should be included in the bible and which excluded. It was interesting to find that certain books written by some apostles of Christ got the ax. But I digress. Back to the “Orthodox.” The word orthodox simply means unchanged from it’s beginning. And, again, the Orthodox Russians and the Orthodox Russians who pledge allegiance to the Moscow patriarchate claim lay solitary claim to this. But, sayin’ doesn’t make it so. And I think this is where all their anger and hostility begins. For they are very Russian, you see. They don’t play nicely with others. They will not rest until they have the whole playground. And this is what rankles me, because in 62 years I have never heard or sensed any negativity toward the Orthodox from the Greek Catholics. Until EuroMaidan when the Orthodox clergy came out into the streets in Ukraine to fight with the separatists against their own people.
For Ukrainian Americans like me who have been born in the United States, there is no clearer evidence of Orthodox clergy in collusion with Moscow than is brought to light here. Shameful, but not unusual. For what has remained orthodox within this church is its 1000 year old history of politicizing religion. Pay enough money and you, too can be a saint! Kill thousands of people, Olga, but as long as they are not on our side, its ok! Congratulations, you are a saint! And don’t get me started on Boris and Gleb.
One of the most popular icons found in Ukrainian churches and homes falls into the Eleusa category. It is known by several names, including the “Virgin of Passion”, the “Virgin of Perpetual Help” or Pammakaristos in Greek. Some Ukrainians may know it as the Dostoino icon because the icon commemorates the Hymn to the Theotokos: “It is truly meet to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed and most pure and Mother of our God.” The first word of this hymn in Slavonic is Dostoino (Достóйно).
I think its time for some anger management training for the Orthodox Christians, and a class on how to share nicely. And maybe a class or two on what Jesus was all about. I seem to remember he said something about coming to save all men. Tone down your aggression. Be gentle. Play nice. You may get into heaven a little sooner.
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