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


19 November 2010

Fishes and Submarines

by John Johnstone, Jr.

The following is paraphrased from an image heard in a sermon by Fr. Michael [Azkoul]:

The Orthodox swim in Orthodoxy as fish swim in the ocean.  But among us there are those who are like submarines.  They too "swim" in the ocean, but they are sealed off from the ocean.  They call themselves "Orthodox", and to many they appear as Orthodox. But they are not Orthodox.  They are in it but not of it.  They are from outside the "ocean" but come into it bringing their own, and keeping it with them, sealed up inside themselves.  They have their own atmosphere from elsewhere, and the ocean does not go though their gills nor permeate them.

-Orthodox Life, September 1973