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


10 September 2014

How to Write the Calendar Date

Fr. Seraphim always dated his letters writing the Church date, slash, and then the civil date.


Memorial Day
May 18/31

Independence Day
June 21/July 4

Thanksgiving Day this year
November 14/27, 2014

world's Christmas
December 12/25

Church Nativity of Christ
Dec 25/Jan 7

Old ROCOR tradition has it that the date according to the Church (Julian) Calendar always precedes that of the civil calendar; whenever one date appears, it is that of the Julian Calendar.
Fr. Seraphim Rose: Notes on the Calendar

New-ROCOR (ROCOR-MP) has been accommodating the new calendar more and more, now we see some of them putting the civil date ahead of the Church date.  It shows a shift in their mentality, that the world comes before the Church...  We can still see which is which, even when the dates are in the wrong order.

But worse is the confusion now when a date appears alone, because now it needs to be checked to see which one it is. If the source is from old ROCOR, then it is the Church date. But if the source is new, it could be either one.

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