i am really not conformable with any of orthodox churches because even though i do believe in intercession of saints. i think we are focusing too much on them. i know it's different from person to person but i am afraid what some of the people and sometimes the church herself doing is indeed worship.
let's take apparitions as an example: if it were an angle or a saint that the person saw he will not be that amazed but if it is the holy Mother of God it is taken as a very big deal(like the Catholics). where do we draw the line between veneration and worship, cause i feel like intercession is just a cover up for worship.
in the eastern orthodox churches the central figure is the mother of God, they might bring some excuses but i don't believe when a person comes to church he shouldn't see Christ first. in mount Athos one monk was reciting the Jesus prayer but adding prayer of mother of God at the end. if there was a prayer about the virgin would he add prayer about Jesus too, i don't think so cause that what happens when you cross the line between veneration and worship. and i think veneration become worship cause of lack of personal relationship with God and increased personal relationship with saint Mary. the way i see the Tehotokos is like the angles and saints but higher, where the others saw her as the only mediator to Christ.
and saints like saint Seraphim praying 15 times a day to the mother of God and telling others to do so.
am sorry but i don't get this kind of veneration when you just recognize Christ as a fact but have relation ship with the mother of God.
And what do people like me have to do when the find the line of Worship and adoration right near intercession. which church could we go when ask the intercession of the mother of God but only intercession and not to give our spiritual graces.
For me the line is "where your treasure is there will your heart also be" and i think the whole church should be like. that did the son of God come so that we could give our to his saints?
i don't think so, but that's what we're seeing right now. we know that the church didn't pray to the saints before 3 century Rome. and become devote in 6th century and more in 9th century and onward. i like praying to saints but i have a pretty big bridge between them and Christ.