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Quote:VISION

The people of Holy Apostles, Episcopalians and Roman Catholics, share a vision with their Bishops and Priests to form a visible sign of Christian unity.  Ours is a Christ-centered community which draws on the best of renewal in both Churches and on two decades of ecumenical dialogue.  We are committed "to do all things together which deep conviction does not require us to do separately."  (Summary Statement 1977)
Membership in the Church of the Holy Apostles is a commitment to this vision.  The vision is lived out in the congregation's life, which is characterized as:

eucharistically centered
intent on mission
involved in shared ministry
creative in liturgy
expressive in total stewardship
committed to Christian education and formation
ecumenically optimistic

In light of the historic signing of A CALL TO COVENANT in November 1990 by Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran Bishops in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we pledge to continue to be a visible sign of Christian unity and an ecumenical witness and a resource to all others who hear the call of the Holy Spirit for unity in Christ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayrLDNWI...e=youtu.be

more at the site....
It's amazing to me that this didn't lead the excommunication of Bishop Walter F. Sullivan.  This was public apostasy.
Oh, we don't excommunicate anymore.  It doesn't have any teeth to it.  When our churches look and act much like the Protestant ones down the street, what's the point?
I've often thought about if it would be possible to have a mixed Melkite Catholic/Antiochian Orthodox parish where both groups pray vespers and orthros together, and then stand on different sides of the church for the liturgy so that the priests are celebrating at the same altar, but the Catholics go to the Catholic priest and the Orthodox go to the Orthodox priest for the sacraments.
(03-30-2016, 02:15 PM)Melkite Wrote: [ -> ]I've often thought about if it would be possible to have a mixed Melkite Catholic/Antiochian Orthodox parish where both groups pray vespers and orthros together, and then stand on different sides of the church for the liturgy so that the priests are celebrating at the same altar, but the Catholics go to the Catholic priest and the Orthodox go to the Orthodox priest for the sacraments.

That would be interesting actually. At least in terms of piety and Liturgics, there's probably almost nothing different between Melkite Catholics and the Antiochian Orthodox.  The best Eastern service books are from Orthodox sources and publishers, and aside from being in communion with the Pope there's not much dividing Orthodox on the one hand and Eastern Catholics on the other. Eastern Catholics do not speak of purgatory, don't pray the filioque in the creed, and celebrate the Assumption as the Dormition complete with the same theological take on the feast as the Orthodox.

It seems to me that this would be acceptable, but of course hardliners on each side wouldn't like it. There are plenty of Orthodox--- especially converts--- that deny Catholics have any valid sacraments at all. The Father Peter Alban Heers crowd, and his vocal supporters like the Greeks around here affiliated with Elder Ephraim who will not even allow Catholics or Orthodox who are not rebaptized to stand outside the narthex during services! That's right, if you're chrismated you're not real Orthodox, just a layman dead in sin!

At least we Catholics recognize Orthodox sacraments and do not tolerate the opinion that they are fake, it's an acceptable opinion in Orthodoxy to deny that anyone outside Orthodoxy has real sacraments.
Would it be a sin to go into one of these ecumenical freakshows and pretend to be a gay episcopalian 'priest"? You know, just to try to prove a point. Would that be wrong? I could carry a little dog in a purse and wear a rainbow shirt under clerics that says "E-CUTE-MENISM"
(03-30-2016, 11:54 AM)Zea mays Wrote: [ -> ]http://www.holyapostlesvb.org/our-history.html

Quote:VISION

The people of Holy Apostles, Episcopalians and Roman Catholics, share a vision with their Bishops and Priests to form a visible sign of Christian unity.  Ours is a Christ-centered community which draws on the best of renewal in both Churches and on two decades of ecumenical dialogue.  We are committed "to do all things together which deep conviction does not require us to do separately."  (Summary Statement 1977)
Membership in the Church of the Holy Apostles is a commitment to this vision.  The vision is lived out in the congregation's life, which is characterized as:

eucharistically centered
intent on mission
involved in shared ministry
creative in liturgy
expressive in total stewardship
committed to Christian education and formation
ecumenically optimistic

In light of the historic signing of A CALL TO COVENANT in November 1990 by Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran Bishops in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we pledge to continue to be a visible sign of Christian unity and an ecumenical witness and a resource to all others who hear the call of the Holy Spirit for unity in Christ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayrLDNWI...e=youtu.be

more at the site....

So, does that mean that the Holy Apostles Episcopalians are going to become Catholic?