Ban Roll-On Baptist Visits an Orthodox Church

A Field Guide to the Orthodox Church

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When one first enters an Orthodox church, it may be a scary or intimidating experience. There is often confusion about what everyone is doing, when and why they’re going around kissing things, and what a visitor should do or how to behave. “And did those people really just kiss the hand of that man in the Matrix outfit? Yes, I’m pretty sure that just happened.”

So let’s demystify this a bit with a story. In this imaginary Sunday morning experience we meet George, a lifetime Orthodox Christian, and Sally, a recent inquirer.  Not every detail of this story is replicated in every place, but rather this story is told to give you a sense of what one might see.

George arrived for liturgy, and greeted a few friends on his way in. Fr. Sergius, a semi-retired priest who serves the parish in a limited capacity, was just coming through the…

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Joel is a 32 year old currently residing in the southeastern United States. His interests lay in philosophy and theology. He is a writer for The Christian Watershed.

One thought on “Ban Roll-On Baptist Visits an Orthodox Church

  1. Uh huh…..and that story gives a very distinct highlight about what is wrong with the Liturgy in the Eastern Church. A stranger should NEVER walk into a parish without someone (or many someones) greeting them and offering to help them understand the prayer book and the propers and everything else that is going on.

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