We are all human


“In general, the whole concept of ‘Greek’ versus ‘Russian’ seems to us rather artificial and is only a cause of quite unnecessary tensions and quarrels. Obviously, the ‘Greeks’ who use ‘Russian’ as a term of opprobrium are thinking of a certain attitude among Russians which is indeed deplorable; and the other side obviously has in mind some unpleasant characteristics of some ‘Greeks’. But this only proves we are all human, and the truth is not to be found in either ‘party’ as such. It would be much better and wiser to think of both ‘Greeks’ and ‘Russians’ only the best things, those which enter into the higher harmony of Orthodoxy, which is beyond nationalities. This is how Vladika John always thought of ‘Greeks’ and is why he adopted many Greek customs which are not commonly practiced by Russians today – Greek customs, that is, which are closer to the authentic tradition of Orthodoxy, and certainly not just because they are ‘Greek’!

Taken from the Letters from Father Seraphim (Rose)


3 thoughts on “We are all human

  1. Interesting thoughts. As a Roman Catholic coming into the Orthodox Church I can’t see the difference yet. Right now I’m just happy to be here and have chosen to go Russian Orthodox, because it mirrors the values and traditions I had in the 1962 Roman Missal Church. Perhaps my ignorance is good at this point 🙂

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