A picture showing the same elevation of the clergy and idolatry, that is present within the Roman Catholic church.
I have some familiarity with the Orthodox church, a close family member was raised in this church and converted over to the Roman Catholic church, to marry another relative. The Orthodox church is an interesting church to examine, be it the Russian, Greek or other ethnic based branch. They also are referred to as the Eastern Orthodox church as well. I don't want to make this too complex but these are Orthodox churches that do not follow the Pope and have their own what they call "Patriarchs" and "Metropolitans" but there are some branches who have remained under the Roman Catholic Pope following Orthodox traditions such as the Byzantine Catholic church.
The Orthodox churches over-all hold to most of Rome's errors, are a daughter, and this was the church that split off from the Roman Catholic church in 1054. I really do not want to get into chicken or egg arguments as to who is the original "church" or not [the answer is NEITHER], just be cognizant they are two big branches of Mystery Babylonianism "Christendom", keeping to the same mutual false early church "fathers', sacramentalism and more with a few alternative teachings and traditions. Read here to learn what some of those are and from some of the Orthodox themselves.
What I have always found interesting about the Orthodox church, is while Catholicism in America had to water itself down a bit to entice the Protestants into it's doors and for the ecumenical movement especially post Vatican II, and while both have an endless array of pagan and occult traditions in the Orthodox churches they are quite more blatant, there you can see the Eastern paganism in all it's shining non-stripped away false "glory", the Alexandrian cult fully married to a veneer of Christianity.
Just like Catholicism which has millions of deceived people within it, one prays that more Orthodox people would abandon false traditions, read the Bible and realize how they have been deceived and truly come to Jesus Christ.
I won't go into the ins and outs of every Orthodox teaching, that would take an entire book but will bring up a few traditions and others that bring up the falseness of this church that have come to my thoughts.....
WIDE BORDERS AND FALSE DRESS
The Orthodox clergy like the Roman clergy, do not listen to Jesus's commands about those who would "enlarge the border's of their garments": Matthew 23:5
Look below the picture of this elderly man: What is he dressed as and why? Some may think an actor dressed as a "wizard" for a Tolkien movie but look again...
No it's an older Orthodox priest, and the younger men do not dress much differently. In fact the 2 headed dragon/serpent staff is carried by many of the Orthodox leaders and teachers. Talk about carrying an out and out occult symbol around!
One very false tradition in the Orthodox church is the use of "Rood screens", they are named "rood" to illustrate a separation between clergy and the laity, who are not deemed "holy" enough to even witness the act of the priests "confecting" the Orthodox Eucharist. Actually while this tradition was prevalent across Europe and even in the Roman Catholic churches centuries ago, it has been kept in Orthodox churches today.
The rood screen was a physical and symbolic barrier, separating the chancel, the domain of the clergy, from the nave where lay people gathered to worship. It was also a means of seeing; often it was solid only to waist height and richly decorated with pictures of saints and angels. Concealment and revelation were part of the mediaeval Mass. When kneeling, the congregation could not see the priest, but might do so through the upper part of the screen, when he elevated the Host on Sundays. In some churches, 'squints' (holes in the screen) would ensure that everyone could see the elevation, as seeing the bread made flesh was significant for the congregation.
Remember the Orthodox, like the Roman Catholics believe in a form of transubstantiation: From an Orthodox church website:
Thus, the bread of the eucharist is Christ's flesh, and Christ's flesh is the eucharistic bread. The two are brought together into one"
So the priests pray over the bread, behind this "rood" screen.
This is recreating the "temple", ignoring the fact the Jesus Christ rent the veil from top to bottom, there was to be no more temples, inner courts or laity vs clergy set-ups anymore.
Matthew 27: 50-51
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
These Orthodox priests have gone the way of the Nicholatians and set up their OWN VEIL.
SPOON FEEDING THE PARISHIONERS
Another odd tradition is that the priests feed the Eucharist bread to the parishioners, with a spoon, the parishioners cannot even feed themselves.
It seems demeaning in a way, with adult men being fed like young children, but that too is a false tradition, given that the apostles and others were handed bread by Jesus to eat!
Act 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
During the Holy and divine Liturgy (our name for what the Latins call "Mass"), when the time comes for the distribution of the Most Holy Body and the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ (called "Holy Communion" by the Latins), do not be afraid to receive if you are Catholic or Orthodox and in the state of Grace. "Holy Communion" is given under both forms, bread and wine, using a golden spoon. The spoon simplifies things for us, since we use leavened bread, (baked with a special recipe and marked with special markings - and called prosphora) rather than the unleavened (flat wafer) bread used by the Latins. Communion "in the hand" is NOT an option.
To receive the Most Holy body and the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, just approach the Priest with your arms folded in the form of St. Andrew's Cross (X), tilt your head back slightly, and open your mouth. The priest says a prayer; you DO NOT answer "Amen." Be sure to chew the Sacred Species carefully. No one has ever choked on a "Particle" here; neither will you.
Then there are the ICONs, these are painted representations often with gold and silver leaf and specialized artistic techniques of Orthodox saints, holy men and other "biblical" figures. The Orthodox tend to go with two-dimensional art rather then the statues of Roman Catholicism but it is essentially the same thing and often the focus is on "Mary". These are put in processions too, kissed and said like the statues of Rome, to weep and bleed at times.
THE SAME WORSHIP of "MARY".
The Orthodox churches follow their brothers and sisters in the RCC in the same worship of "Mary". Read here:
Christianity in the East venerates Mary with the same profound fervour as in the West. This is true of both Catholics of the Eastern rites and Christians not united with Rome, commonly called the Greek Orthodox. 'The Cult of Mary… has its strongest roots in the early church of the east. The great Marian feast days derive from the eastern liturgies. The Greek fathers produced the first literary documents of Marian devotion
THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES ARE FULLY INVOLVED IN THE ECUMENICAL ONE WORLD CHURCH WITH THE POPE LEADING THE WAY.
With a few exceptions to this rule, a few monks on Mount Athos perhaps?, the Orthodox churches, patriarchs and people are fully signed on to the Pope's one world religion, with their church leaders taking part in interfaith and interreligious dialogues held by the Vatican. Pope John Paul II and Benedict have spoken of having the "two lungs" of "Christianity" join together, meaning the Orthodox churches and Roman Catholicism.
An Orthodox leader here, happily responds to Pope John Paul II here:
"As Your Holiness has aptly put it some years ago, East and West are the two lungs by which the Church breaths; their unity is essential to the healthy life of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church."