We appreciate Mr Micah Meadowcroft’s Easter message, but he says something a little odd in the opening:
As a considerate colleague, I’ll acknowledge that today is not a kind of new year’s eve for all Christians. Eastern Orthodox, such as Rod Dreher and Helen Andrews, calculate the Paschal cycle with the Julian calendar, and so they will hold their Easter vigils next month. But for those of us fully of the West, today is Holy Saturday, tomorrow He is Risen, and yesterday was Good.
According to Mr Meadowcroft, the Orthodox are not ‘fully of the West’. It would have been better if he had said that the West is not fully herself since she left the Orthodox Church. In fact, many, if not most, of the distempers discussed at The American Conservative are the result of the loss of the Orthodox ethos/praxis and the rise of a deformed Trinity (filioque); a Pope-dictator (Vicar of Christ); a regicidal, democratic proletariat; failed, blood-stained utopias (the latter two being outgrowths of Protestantism); etc.
For a detailed look at how the West has been deformed by her rejection of the Orthodox Faith, St Seraphim Rose’s Orthodox Survival Course is one of the best sources; read it or listen to it here:
For a focus on England, Fr Andrew Phillips’s little book is very helpful:
St Justin Popovich’s books should be consulted, too:
Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ:
A preview of one of the essays from Orthodox Faith:
We sincerely hope he and others will take a little time to explore all that the Orthodox Church has to offer her wayward brothers in the West. For those with ears to hear, let them hear. Otherwise, if they continue to worship idols – such as ‘The post-Schism West is the greatest civilization the world has ever known’ – they will become completely deaf like those idols, and, tragically, without repentance, they too will become dead, as the Psalmist warns:
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!