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I've looked around but can't really find a proper answer. Would anyone mind clarifying this for me?

I'm a Western Orthodox Christian, and I attended the baptism of my young cousin on Sunday, and this question just popped into my head.

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I think you need to further split "the Eastern Christianity" into Oriental and the Orthodox ones. "Western Christianity" must also be split into at least Catholicism and Protestantism. As for the differences between Western Catholicism and the Eastern Orthodox Christianity, just to mention a few, a huge difference in understanding of Eucharist, not believing (by EOC) that Mary was born of immaculate conception, not recognizing (by EOC) the authority of the Pope as the Head of the Church. –  brilliant Jul 16 '13 at 14:11
In practice, the Western Church is hung up on the sermon and the theology, whereas the Eastern church is hung up on mysticism and spirituality. That's such a broad statement, however, as to be both controversial and requiring of more support than I can give right now. –  Affable Geek Jul 16 '13 at 15:36

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Big question! Here is my source:

  • The culture - The East is familiar to Greek, Russian and Arabic languages/cultures, and the West is more familiar to Americans and English languages/cultures
  • The Clergy Vestments
  • The Liturgy/Mass - The East primarily uses the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, and the West primarily uses the Liturgy of Saint Gregory the Great.
  • The East has an Iconostasis ("Icon Wall") separating the Sanctuary from the rest of the church, and the West either has a rail (like the old Roman Catholic style) or nothing at all separating the Sanctuary from the rest of the church
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Interesting...thanks for the answer! Though, could you elaborate on the differences between the cultures? –  Arbiter Aug 23 '11 at 23:21
Sorry to bother again. But could you possibly elaborate on the first point? –  Arbiter Aug 26 '11 at 22:27
@Purmou I personally don't have any experience with Eastern Orthodox. Here is an interesting article that discusses the culture of their worship (starting about half-way down at "Characteristics"). –  Richard Aug 27 '11 at 1:21
Thanks for the link, I got the clarification I was looking for. Thank you! :) –  Arbiter Aug 27 '11 at 9:41

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