I am not, nor have I ever been, a Canadian. I couldn't help but chuckle, though, upon reading the opening paragraph of a sermon delivered by His Eminence, Archbishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada (OCA), on the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women three years ago:
It is sad for me as I travel around now in Pascha time, because wherever I go, there are many new people coming from Russia, and I see how quickly they have become Canadianised in a negative way. When I say “Christ is risen” to them they say: “Indeed He is risen” very quietly. That is the Canadian way. Canadian ways are all right in some ways, except when it comes to “Christ is risen.” When somebody says: “Christ is risen”, this is the center of our life. We have to say: “Indeed He is risen.” We have to say it with strength, not just the Canadian: “Yeah, sure, He is risen.” If we are Orthodox Christians, what is this about? This is the centre of our life – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. That’s why we are here today. That’s why Russia survived seventy years of persecution, death, destruction. That’s why the Orthodox Church is alive today in Russia. The Church is being resurrected.Icon: A seraph purifying the lips of the Prophet Isaiah.