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Saturday, August 25, 2018

     “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God, in mystery, and (which was) hidden, and which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Cor 2: 6-8)

The “wisdom of God,” spoken by the Apostles and their successors “in mystery,” was indeed once “hidden” from all, “before the ages.” But it is not un-knowable, nor does it remain “hidden,” in the era of the Church, having been revealed (and continuing to be revealed) in the Person of Jesus Christ, to anyone willing to open up to that revelation.

So, when we talk about “mystery” in our Tradition,...

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Deacon: “The doors! The doors! In wisdom, let us be attentive (ἐν σοφίᾳ πρόσχωμεν)!”People/Choir: “I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth...“ (Byzantine Divine Liturgy)

     In today’s liturgical practice of the Russian Orthodox and other Slavs, or Slav-influenced churches, at the command, (originally meaning to close and/or guard) “The Doors,” the curtain of the Holy/Royal Doors of the iconostasis is drawn open, while the Holy/Royal Doors remain closed, as they have been since the end of the Great Entrance. But in Greek Orthodox practice today, nothing happens with the “doors” at this moment, as they usually remain open throughout the Divine Liturgy. And this is one example of how things have changed, both in our Church and (consequently) in our “anc...

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