Evangelical-Orthodox Novus Ordo

Evangelical-Orthodox Novus Ordo September 5, 2007

The new “Liturgical Service,” as they call it, has become the most popular service even among young people. After the “standard” evangelical service at 9:30 a.m., workers decorate the platform with candles, non-specific iconography and other religious-looking items. Fitzgerald wears generic vestments and adopts a more somber manner. He reads from a liturgical book and the congregation responds by reading words on the screens.

“I like the reverence and the mood,” says one girl, 16. “It feels more spiritual.”

“I like the candles,” her friend chimes in.

The effort seems to be working to keep church members from straying elsewhere. In St. Paul, Minn., Family Life Center recently created a liturgical service and says some families have opted to stay rather than try out other churches. Jessica Onstead, 38, was dissatisfied enough last year with the “fluffiness” of evangelical church services that she visited an Orthodox service and liked parts of it. But she was uncomfortable with the “kissing of strangers, genuflecting and standing for an hour during the sermon.”

She ended up back at her non-denominational church which had by then added an Orthodox-style service. She now attends …

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