Religion: Domesticating Orthodoxy

Its new American accent

As priests and lay leaders of the million-member Orthodox Church in America gathered in Montreal's gray stone Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul to choose a new primate last week, the tensions between the church's old-country past and New World present were plain. The cathedral's choir insisted on singing in Old Church Slavonic, eschewing the English now used in most O.C.A. parishes. When it came time for the creed, however, one of the visiting priests began chanting hesitantly in English, "I believe in one God ..."...

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