A Brief History of Western Orthodoxy
by Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov
From the earliest beginnings of the Christian Church there were divergences in the manner in which the Eucharist was celebrated in the various regional Churches. Within these Churches with their mixed populations, differing historic development, local traditions, diverse racial temperament, and the like, it was inevitable that a large number of varying types of Eucharistic prayers or anaphoras should emerge. The unity of the Church of Christ and the unity of the Eucharistic Sacrifice did not require a uniformity in the celebration of that Sacrifice. The liturgical liberty, the variations and local differences were not only tolerated but were being constantly elaborated upon. What is more important, they manifested the Catholic nature of the Church. Read more..

By the Rt. Rev'd Alexander Turner, SSB
God, who created all men, intended that all be saved. When his own after the flesh proved indifferent to their mission as harbingers of grace, our Lord turned to the gentiles even to assist in the foundation of the Church. One Lord, one faith, one baptism were confessed in a multiplicity of tongues from the outset. The parable of the wedding feast, the command to baptize and teach all nations leave no doubt of the catholicity of the Church from the beginning. It was to be no private affair, but the new Jerusalem to which all were summoned to newness of life in Christ. A host of witnesses acclaim the new king and when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples to launch the infant Church upon its course, it supplied speech according to the hearers (Acts 2). All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name, said the Psalmist in anticipation of this very event (Psalm 86:9). And St. Paul repeatedly reminds his spiritual charges that they must be all things to all men . The same great apostle destroyed the parochialism of the ardently Jewish converts who sought to impose the rites of the old dispensation upon gentile Christians. Read more..