How Orthodox Should Deal with Innovations in the Church - A Lesson from the Saints

One wonders what St. Leonid would say if he were here with us in 21st century Orthodoxy?

Originally appeared at: Nicodemos Hagiorite

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From the Life of St. Leonid of Optina:

A certain lady once brought Fr. [Saint] Leonid a manuscript with an akathist to God the Father; she asked him to look it over. The book was written in uncial script and had a very luxurious binding with gold edging.

The Elder sent this manuscript to the Superior of the Skete at that time, Fr. [Saint] Anthony. After examining the manuscript, Fr. Anthony remarked that because Church does not have any separate services to God the Father, he considered it would be dangerous to approve this.

Then Fr. Leonid said, "well, then, give it here; we'll place it in the stove." Fr. Anthony started to object, "but what will the lady say?"

"She can say what she likes; we won't even look at her," said the Elder, and he burned the book.

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One wonders what St. Leonid would say if he were here with us in 21st century Orthodoxy?

My dear Fathers, brothers and sisters: let us flee from innovations within the life of the Church! Let us choose the path of the Saints!

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