St. James? service
Hello Fr. Simon,
Christ is Risen
For those who are unsure of the Orthodox faith, the greeting ?Christ is Risen? and reply ?He is Risen indeed? is what is used from Pascha until the Ascension.
In the tradition of the Orthodox Church the service generally lasts for three hours this is especially with the St. Basil liturgy. I have been to several liturgy services, one of them being for school children, their was no mampy, pamby stuff there, and no ! can we have a shorter service either.
How about the dedicated football fans that travel up and down the country and even to Europe to watch their football team, through snow, hail, rain and storm , they do not look for a shorter match. Then their is all those young teenagers (that may not go to Church) but can spend a whole week-end at Glastonbury through rain muck and mud no! Shortened service here is there. Just to listen to their favoured pop-group / singer. As you know Fr. Simon there are some Orthodox services held in Glastonbury Abbey, and the people travel from Bournemouth, Waterlooville and Portsmouth to these services. For myself I always feel cheated as the St. James? service is about half hour to an hour shorter, I am one of many that does not want the services made shorter. Those of you feel they need a shorter service could try else where, and they will find out shorter services empty churches.
Fr. Simon, perhaps you should post in here all the arrangements required for setting up a mission so people can see how to get on with something that is both short and local.