Come and See

 

Copyright © 2014 Molly Sabourin

“Orthodoxy is Christianity understood as supreme Beauty.”

– Fr. Alexander Elchaninov

Copyright © 2014 Molly Sabourin

 

“The Psalms come to us as songs. What we believe is prayed in our hymnography. Our theology, iconographically speaking, appears in form and color. When trying to describe the beauty, joy, and simply the experience of being in God’s presence the Church invites us to utilize ways and language that encourage wonder, reflection, and a ‘growth in life, and faith, and spiritual understanding.'”

– Fr. John Shimchick

Copyright © 2014 Molly Sabourin

“Otherworldly”

“Timeless”

“Mystical”

“Abounding”

“Sacramental”

These are just some of the words I offer up when trying to fumble my way through a description of Orthodox Christian worship.

Copyright © 2014 Molly Sabourin

“Supremely Beautiful”

“Hard Work”

“Demanding”

It brings you to the end of yourself, removing the buffer of distraction keeping you comfortably distant from thoughts of death, salvation and repentance. It digs down deep, ripping through your shallow desire for ease, convenience and entertainment (that part stings a little), and shakes awake your sleepy soul whilst watering your thirsty spirit.

Copyright © 2014 Molly Sabourin

“Community”

“Rootedness”

“Humility”

“Renewal”

“Doesn’t it ever get old?” someone once asked me, “Hearing the same services over and over again?”

The answer is “no.”

Seventeen years in, and I am moved by their transcendence and miraculous aliveness more than ever.

Look, that’s the best I can do. It can’t be summarized, only experienced.

What is Orthodoxy?

Come and see!

5 comments:

  1. Dear Molly,
    I read of your journey a couple of years ago as my husband and I began to seek ….to go and see.
    As I write this, we are ourselves preparing for chrismation on Pascha morning into a Western Rite
    Antiochian church here in Virginia. There are no words to describe all that we have witnessed and experienced at this beautiful, sweet little country parish in the piedmonts of VA. This parish worshipped at the back of an antique mall, had their first attempt at a church building burn down, started over and we had the humbling privilege of “work days” in anticipation of worshipping in the new building at the end of this past year. I will never forget all of us dirty, dusty and grungy, walking into the nave and having our first ever Vespers. There was so much to do but we were ready to begin worshipping. I have described it to friends and family members as “other worldly.” Just as you have done!
    I lives have changed in such a short period of time, and this is only the beginning.
    I hope to meet you one day! Your sister in Christ,
    Susan

    1. Greetings, Susan! Thank you for your comment! How beautiful and encouraging to read a bit about your spiritual journey. God bless your family and your parish as you continue to grow in faith! Peace and love to you!

  2. Yes to all of the descriptions. I am not Orthodox, though I long to be (my husband is not drawn as I am), and the opportunities when I can worship in our local Antiochian Orthodox Church are priceless to me.

  3. What a beautiful description of our faith and worship. I’ve pinned your post and will link to it this Saturday on my site in my “What I’m Reading This Week” post. I loved reading your book as it resonated with me on so many levels. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

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