I grew up attending an Orthodox Christian (yes, like the Greeks, but it was not a Greek congregation) church. The "music" is technically "chanting" (there is singing as well as what you might call chanting), I think. The music is old-sounding, IMO. Hearing about these "modern" songs in Catholic churches (what most people purported to be in my community growing up) really confused me, haha. Of course, from their perspective, we were old-school and outdated or something. I don't really understand why stuff doesn't change. Why don't people write new music? Why does the service format always remain the same? It only varies a little, in terms of choice, from congregation to congregation. Tradition, I understand, but tradition still adapts and changes over time.
Loved that priest though. He has always loved my hairstyle changes . He (very sneakily, but in a way that the entire congregation could tell) defended my godfather when an outspoken visitor to the parish basically tried to shun the gays from church. Non-heterosexuals are not acknowledged or really accepted in the Orthodox Christianity, but the priest at my parents' church has always made it clear that he believes in loving everyone, no matter their perceived flaws or choices.
Journal on depression/anxiety
Currently trying to figure out WTF to eat (for IBS-C).
1- dude, people, someone needs to hold up the shovels on the side of the road- they won't hold themselves up!
2- I discovered an awesome side-effect of attending church. When I meet someone new, I get to see their reaction when I say it. The best one so far?
"I'm so proud of you!"
"Because you Believe!"
"Believe in what?"
"What about him? I know there was a teacher by that name that had interesting things to say."
It went downhill from there.
In certain circles, guys talking about sheep has an entirly different connotation..... Da-a-a-a-a-a-ddyyyyy your b-a-a-a-a-ck