The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


05 August 2007

Just what exactly is this "royal path"?

Just what exactly is this "royal path"?

The Orthodoxy Church is divided into areas or JURISDICTIONS. Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, etc. From the beginning of Christianity it was so. St. Paul wrote letters to the Church in Corinth, the Church in Ephesus, Galacia, etc.

Unfortunately and shamefully, today there are political divisions, also. So in a given area we could see the Church divided into LEFT WING and RIGHT WING with each division operating as a separate "JURISDICTION". The royal path is neither to the left nor to the right. And in some areas the "ROYAL PATH" is completely squeezed out by these political extremes, The royal path is the way of the Holy Fathers, as Fr. Seraphim shows us in his writings.

The largest political division is the LEFT WING. All new calendar churches are left. But an Old Calendar church could be either left or right.

To be exact: The royal path has 4 Churches: The Old Calendar Greeks under Kallinikos, the Old Calendar Romanians, the Old Calendar Bulgarians, and the Russian Church Abroad under Metropolitan Agafangel.

In the left wing the newcomers usually are told to "Stay out of politics". In the right wing they are often steeped in politics. In the royal path, though, we ask our newcomers just to be aware these divisions sadly exist and to expect to develop, in time, a spiritual discernment of the royal path. In reading lives of saints (full spectrum – all types of saints) things have a way of falling into place.

Orthodox who are raised strictly in either the left wing or the right wing, usually fail to develop the ability to recognize the royal path. The left sees it as right wing. And the right sees it as left wing. lf a newcomer keeps in mind that the royal path does exist and keeps an eye out for it, eventually he will start discerning it. There is no rush. Orthodoxy is a wonderful journey. The discoveries are never-ending. It is quite OK to savor each delightful step. Things come in God's time.

The Church Seems Divided?  Yet, is it?

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