Western Rite Critic

A Balance to Contagious Enthusiasm

A Mechanical/Legal Approach to Liturgics & Conversion


The Protestant Notion of a “bare essentials” cannot become a methodology for the adoption of a rite, catechetical instruction, or reception of converts.

“What makes a western rite Orthodox? For many proponents of the western rite, all it takes is a few additions and a few deletions, e.g. “striking the filioque ” and “strengthening of the epiclesis.” This answer implies, on the one hand, that there exists a unified and homogenous reality identifiable as the western rite and, on the other hand, that except for two or three “heretical” ingredients or omissions, th is rite is ipso facto Orthodox. Both presuppositions are wrong.” – Father Alexander Schmemann (1920-1983) (SVTQ 24/4, 1980) The Priest. A Newsletter for the Clergy of the Diocese of San Francisco. Issue No. 5, May 1996

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January 9, 2008 - Posted by | Western Rite Liturgics, Western Rite Quotes | , , , , , , , , ,

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