About Western Rite Orthodoxy

We have heard much from those who do not necessarily follow "Orthodoxy" but call themselves "Orthodox" with all their political shannigans to destroy and character assassinate, those who believe they can re-invent the proverbial wheel, except in these instances they attempt to re-invent an "Orthodoxy" that defies the ancient epitome of the canons, even liturgical practices and beliefs, including their church names from month to month or, every every few months if not every year.  The invention of a "Latin Orthodox Rite" is an invention not accepted by many who are truly "Orthodox" and very "Catholic" in spirit and truth.  So, we feel it is time to apprise of you Truth...

While the Antiochian Christian Archdiocese of North America which is in full communion anD unity of purpose with several "Orthodox jurisdictions through SCOBA, being connected to more than twenty Western Rite congregations around the country who worship God in the forms which speak to their hearts, rejoicing to be a part of the Universal Church" - a Church, to which we also belong as Ecclesiastically autocephalous and autonomous but a part of that which is truly One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic; a Western Orthodoxy is real and alive.

The distinguishing difference is that a Western Rite Parish is different from those who hold to a more Eastern or Byzantine Rite. 

In 1054 A.D. (after several hundred years of debates, arguments and political shannigans to declare itself above all others in violation of the Seven Ecumenical Council), the Roman branch of the Universal church separated itself from that which is the roots of Christianity itself for they clamed Papal supremacy which culminated in their novel doctrine of "Papal Infallibility."  The truth is that the Bishop of Rome is considered to only have a primacy of honor but not be accepted by the true church as belonging to it any longer for it would subjugate itself to the Roman Infallibility idea, an invention which defies spiritual truth.

The Holy Synod of Moscow approved a restored form of the Western Liturgy which was the Liturgy of St. Gregory the Great, and their is the St. Tikhon Liturgy much used by several Orthodox Anglicans who were accepted into Orthodoxy by the Moscow Patriarchate too.

Yet, in spite of all that has gone on, there are those who, over time in history, were able to gain a blessing and become autocephalous and autonomous.  This is the History of the AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH as noted by the Lines of Succession page at this web site.

The purpose for the Western Rite is to provide a home in the Orthodox Church for western people of non-Byzantine cultural and religious backgrounds and to witness the Catholicity of hte Orthodox Church in spirit and truth.

Western Rite Orthodoxy exists throughout the world and in the United States in spite of its seeming "new-ness" but allows for those of the west to better find themselves rooted in their own western spiritual ethos than the Byzantine character of the Eastern rites.

People of both Rites worship together and the clergy are, for the most part, interchangeable while sharing the same hierarchy and spiritual unity of the faith.

As an authentic Church of the New Testament, the mission is to make our country an Orthodox nation where possible.  As history has shown, whenever it has been given the opportunity to freely teach and live its Faith, it has always won the hearts and souls of men and women to the Truth.  This was evident in Alaska when the first Russian Orthodox Priest(s) arrived, out of which came a great Saint and several others since, one of whom is our Patron Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco, blessed Father Seraphim Rose who has been providing us with spiritual truth and understanding in an Orthodox manner which speaks to the heart and soul.

On the Liturgies

When compared to the Byzantine liturgical forms, the Western Rite is simpler, less redundant, obviously shorter, and employs a hymnody (the hymns used) that is familiar to a great many American Christians. More precisely, the Western Rite, is a theologically corrected form of worship used by the Latin Church (Roman) or the Anglican Communion. In some Western Rite congregations, the Liturgy may be a Latin or English form of pre-Vatican-II Roman Catholic worship. (In France, all native French Orthodox Christians, who number in the thousands, use this form of worship as aided by St. John Maximovitch). Other Western Rite parishes use a liturgy based on the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The Liturgy of St. Tikhon follows a similar approach.  Modifications, while important, would not be terribly noticeable to even the most regular worshippers. Two of those alterations include the deletion of the filioque (“and the Son”) in the Nicene Creed and the addition of a stronger Epiclesis in the Eucharistic prayer said by the priest at the consecration of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.

The third section of the Nicene Creed affirms the Church's belief that the Holy Spirit is one of the three Persons of the triune Godhead. History shows that the phrase “and the Son” (or, in Latin, filioque) in speaking of the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father was initially an addition by a local council of Western Bishops that was originally even rejected by the Pope of Rome. The Eastern bishops argued the filioque causes a blurring of the roles of each of the three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in the Godhead. It is from the Father that the Son is begotten and it is from the Father that the Holy Spirit proceeds, through the Son.

Besides the removal of the filioque in the Creed, the Western Rite Liturgy requires the priest to petition God the Holy Spirit to act in changing the gifts of bread and wine into the life giving Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. The words used in the Liturgy are: “And we beseech thee, O Lord, to send down thy Holy Spirit upon these offerings, that he would make this bread the precious Body of thy Christ, and that which is in this Cup the precious Blood of thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, transmuting them by thy Holy Spirit. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN.”

In addition to these two changes, the Western Rite includes other indiscernible changes that Latin Roman Catholics and most Anglo-Catholics (High Church Episcopalians) would find to be either familiar or certainly acceptable. As some Latin Rite Roman Catholic parishes as well as Protestant Churches continue their decline by denial of basic Catholic faith, doctrine and worship by turning to inclusive language liturgies, which refer to God as mother (to name but one example) and promulgating woman “priests,” - - - many traditional Catholic Christians of both the Roman and Anglican backgrounds are turning to the Orthodox Catholic Church.

By doing so, these Christians have retained familiar forms of worship and at the same time insured themselves of remaining within an ecclesiastical communion, and under godly, Orthodox bishops who teach and practice the ancient Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (a California Corporation), the NORTH AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH and the AMERICAN ORTHODOX CATHOLIC CHURCH (New Mexico Corporations) are an integral part of the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith.  There are those, as explained above who attempt to re-invent Orthodoxy in their own image for power, while inventing a Latin Orthodox liturgy that is nothing more than a liturgy of the Latin (Roman) church which has no blessing from any of the Orthodox jurisdictions whatsoever... but viewed as being a schismatic church from the AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH (their Mother Church which anathematized them for unholy actions and errors...) and who have been anathematized by others in the past for their defiance to Holy Orthodoxy which is, like the AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, a part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

The actions and activities of those who have been anathematized is much similar to the actions and activities of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the National Council of Churches (NCC) who have attempting, with much impact, to be harbingers of the advent of a new religion who use inclusive language and the syncretism found in them is not too different either.  Their re-invention of liturgical forms and formularies to accommodate their agenda to satisfy a personal ego is not Orthodox or even Catholic.  They are not even a part of that which we have described as relating to a Western Rite Orthodoxy whatsoever.

For those who are familiar with the varying liturgical forms, you may wish to view some of those liturgies by clicking here.

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