I have just recently been going to a Greek Orthodox Church (one which I used to go to a lot when I was a child), and I have a question regarding the fact that in the Parish, during the last 2 coffee hours, they were not keeping the Lenten fasting regulations by serving dairy products.
There are probably 50 people, more or less, which come (yet not regularly, as usually there are 25 which come on Sunday's) to Church. The majority (60-70%) of them are elderly people and the priest himself is 85 and retired.
I am just a bit concerned as to what I should do in this situation. It seems to me that the tradition of fasting has been lost among some of our Christians, and I don't know how to approach the priest in regards to this, because it seems to be fine with him.
I don't want to "rebuke an elder", as St Paul told us not to do, "Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father" (1 Timothy 5:1).
This concerns me because it seems that Traditional, Orthodox Spirituality has been lost in the parish itself, as I can see it in the other parishoners. (You may think i'm judging, but St Nicodemos himself said,
"If the discussion and the question proposed is about the Faith and the traditions of our Church, then even the most meek and quiet and peace-loving person must fight and defend these matters.")
Maybe i'm too "fanatical" maybe?
I don't know. What do you think?
Edited by Mikhail Kolitwenzew, 11 April 2011 - 05:38 AM.