I have a small story to share.
I live in a part of the world where there are no Coptic Orthodox Churches.
The next thing closest to us are the Eastern Orthodox Churches. I attended a Catholic liturgy a few weeks ago, and the priest there told me that the Russian Orthodox Church will be praying at his parish next Saturday (Yesterday).
I woke up early, drove to the Church with my family and we were the first in the Church.
I asked the priest nicely, during the vespers, if it was possible for us to have Holy Communion? We were Coptic, and there were no Orthodox Churches around.
He wasn't happy. Here is a quick list of problems he had:
* We are heretical
* We are not the same as them.
* I asked him what the differences between us and them were, and he said it was too complex to explain.
* He agreed to give me Holy Communion ONCE, but said that I need to study a bit more theology in order to be saved in the Russian Orthodox Church.
How are we heretical? What's wrong with us??
Apparently, no matter how miaphysitic we are, we are still monophysitic to them.
Secondly, I was astonished by the amount of Russian being used. This particular Church is in the North Eastern part of France. The liturgy lasted for 4 hours.
My questions are as follows:
* The Coptic Church is so isolated - is it worth us remaining Coptic? I mean, if I were to say that I am Coptic and behave as a Coptic Christian, I would forever remain alone and have no Coptic Community. If I want to leave the Coptic Church, what would be the best Church to go to??
* Its awful that other Orthodox Churches see us as heretical. No matter what I say, or do, or sign up to with them, we are not "good enough" in their eyes.
* What did the Coptic Orthodox have in mind for the Coptic faithful living outside of Egypt?