The following has been copied without permission from the website St Finian’s “Celtic” Orthodox monastery in El Paso. I have previously speculated on ways to reform our view of the Church’s structure, and this “Home Church Movement” is along the same lines of what I have imagined. I hope this idea can catch on, take root, and bring our regressed pagan society a better understanding of a faith stripped of misconceptions and caricature. It certainly has that potential.
Note: My views of Orthodox “Western Rites” as an anachronistic and bizarre mishmash of things that have never mixed well has not changed.
THE HOME CHURCH MOVEMENT
Copied with permission of the Celtic Orthodox Church
While beautiful, the larger church buildings are becoming too expensive to maintain. We expect the day will come when church property will no longer be tax exempt it and it would be impossible to pay property taxes on large buildings
The larger Church Catholic, East and West, in many parts of the world is returning to her roots by re-instituting home churches, which are being operated from private homes or small structured centers.
There is a movement within the larger church called the Home Church Movement. This movement is run mainly by Monastic and celibate clergy who own a private home with a room large enough to accommodate 15 to20 people for Sunday Mass. It usually has a sign out front identifying it as an Orhtodox, Catholic, Old Catholic or Old Roman Catholic Church, but for all intents and purposes it looks like any other home.
The building should be constructed in such a manner that the entrance for the worshipers doesn’t force them go through the house to get to the chapel.
The Home Church is modeled after the early Monasteries which were occupied by one or two Monks and had a chapel where the local people could come if they wished, to pray. The rest of the Monastery was a house like any other house.
My Personal Note: St. Finian Orthodox Monastery is such a place where our family room has been converted into a chapel used mainly by the monks in residence for prayer 7 times a day plus the Divine Liturgy of the Mass.