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Zee Gimon

I am Zee. I call myself the Observer because that's what I find myself doing most of the time - observe life and people around me. My blog is a Pensieve, similar to that of Dumbledore, used to keep the thoughts and random ideas that visit my brain.

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  • In high school I was dating a Roman Catholic girl and attended Good Friday mass with her. I could understand nothing; got tired of kneeling and sitting, keeling and sitting; was excluded from Communion; and vowed I will never go back to one again. It was not a good experience.

    • Guess your Catholic experience was similar to my Orthodox one.

      I only went to a usual mass, so I am not sure whether other ones are different… but I actually felt a bit relieved that I did not have to participate in Communion… I am not sure why – just felt very odd… So when my friends told me that I don’t have to participate, I was relieved. And actually, I am not sure whether anyone was excluded (of those who wanted to participate)…

  • David Hayes

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this post. Thanks for it. On sabbatical, I attended a couple of orthodox services (US & Republic of Georgia) and several R. Catholic (US & Italy). I’ve also attended several other orthodox liturgies, especially during lent. I’m intrigued by Orthodoxy. I’ve learned a great deal from their prayer and theological traditions (ONU has used Timothy Ware’s: The Orthodox Way in a theology course). I am nurtured by the ancient sensual experience in both churches.

  • David Hayes

    Response 2:
    My desire to “connect the unconnected” to Christ has given me a bias against the more mysterious and less “contemporary” styles of the old churches. However, I must admit that I wonder just how much we need make our ancient faith appear “cool” or “hip?” There is no doubt that we lose something in the translation, in hopes of making things simpler.
    Meanwhile, I continue to benefit from learning and implementing some spiritual practices from these “sister” (or more likely “mother”) churches.
    Thank you again for your blogging.

    • To be honest, David, that’s exactly what I was thinking – only in a different direction. (Which, I guess, is odd because supposedly I should be more “cool” and “hip” oriented since I am younger…)…

      What I loved about the mass I have attended (and the cathedral where it took place) was simplicity of it. And that’s one of the things that often repel me from Orthodox churches – their “goldenness”… (I don’t like gold… and I don’t see a point for it in Church – at least in the amounts that our Orthodox churches boast)…

      Every time I am reading about Lydia and how she and the other believers got together on a river bank to worship… every time we gather together at sunrise on Easter at the St. Vladimir’s hill… that’s when I feel like I am truly worshiping With nothing distracting my attention. (And that is the reason why at times I wish the Church was still persecuted… worship would be simpler yet more profound, I think.)

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