Sacrifice and Worship

...  would do better to ask, “Whom do the Orthodox worship?” It is a commonplace to explain the meaning of the word ...  it can also mean, “right glory,” i.e. “right worship.” The Orthodox are those who worship the true and living God in the ...  to the Church’s treatment of worship. Liturgy is primary in the life of believing – our actions should and ultimately do express ...

Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

...  for the feast of the Falling Asleep of the Virgin Mary. I offer this article as reflection. The most difficult part of my ...  I am convinced, as well, that the Orthodox approach to Mary is part of the apostolic deposit, and not a later accretion. When I was ...  in the Incarnation of Christ is made manifest in the worship that is properly directed towards Him and in the veneration that is ...

The Mother of God

...  Mother of Jesus. Christmas cards feature her; hymns of "Mary, meek and mild" are sung. And even though such popular treatments will ...  God incarnate. And the figures go on. Orthodoxy does not worship Mary. She is not God, she is not such as can be worshipped. But among ...

Saving Knowledge

...  weepy excitement often associated with forms of ecstatic worship (Pentecostalism). I’ve been there. Done that. It’s not the same ...  problem is within the nous, the heart. And it is that primary cognition of our human existence that must be transformed. It’s for this ...

The Erotic Language of Prayer

...  this is partly relative for us. This is a profound summary of the work of creation, particularly in its use of Maximus’ imagery and ...  in its “erotic” content, goes to the heart of worship, prayer and repentance. The language of prayer in Orthodoxy is ...

The Holy Name of Jesus

...  of God. The monks were known as the Imyaslavsy (“Name worshippers”) and were following ideas that had been promulgated in a text ...  precisely what was meant by veneration (it is not worship). Years ago, I wrote that it is necessary to venerate an icon in order ...  not as an object-in-separation. Veneration is the primary means that brings us into true communion. It is ...

A Modern Lent

...  be problematic for Protestants, in that most Protestant worship is quite modern, i.e. focused on the individual rather than directed to ...  you informed. It is often inaccurate and serves the primary purpose of political propaganda and consumer frenzy. Neither are good for ...

The Holy Name

...  of God. The monks were known as the Imyaslavsy (“Name worshippers”) and were following ideas that had been promulgated in a text ...  precisely what was meant by veneration (it is not worship). Years ago, I wrote that it is necessary to venerate an icon in order ...  not as an object-in-separation. Veneration is the primary means that brings us into true communion. It is ...

A Terrible Knowledge

...  Mythology made the curiosity of Pandora the primary cause of suffering in the world. She fails to resist the lure of finding ...  of their holiness, your instinct would be to fall down and worship them. That very thing happens on occasion in the Scriptures at the ...

The Act of Veneration

...  For the non-Orthodox, veneration is often mistaken for worship. We kiss icons; sing hymns to saints; cry out “Most Holy Theotokos, ...  is unrecognized at first, and on more than one occasion. Mary Magdalen mistakes Him for the gardener. The disciples on the road to ...