Christianity in a One-Storey Universe

...  But there remains the two-storey universe. Now the primary difficulty of the two storey universe is that we live on the first floor ...  at us. Indeed, Orthodoxy proclaims that when we gather for worship, there are no two-storeys - that Heaven and Earth are together - that ...

The Shape of Heaven

...  itself is an icon. Done well, the space in which we worship is an aid to prayer. Of course, this is not the same thing as saying ...  spaces remains important. You can pray anywhere. I have worshipped in a converted warehouse as an Orthodox Christian - and I would ...

Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev on the Descent of Christ into Hades

...  Western Theological Traditions A lecture delivered at St Mary’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, USA, on 5 November 2002 The Byzantine and old ...  God they will recognize in Him the One they ‘ignorantly worshipped’[72] . Has this anything to do with those who died outside ...

Encountering God

...  of pastoring I have been told a number of times, "I can worship God more easily on a walk in the woods than in Church." In my snappier ...  is to the heart (even if you are going to Jerusalem). St. Mary of Egypt's simple story is graphic illustration of the heart's utter ...

The End of What

...  mark where he will, demanding a false loyalty and a false worship. The woman and her child are always persecuted, driven into the wilderness. The marytrs are always beneath the throne of God crying out and praying. And even ...

Not the Fathers’ Christmas

...  presence of older brothers and sisters, not children of Mary, but of Joseph (Orthodox Tradition holds that Joseph was a widower who had ...  of this, in its richness, can and is told in the worship life of the Church. At times the telling can become so poignant that it ...

The Journey to a Particular God

...  reportedly having visions (and messages) from the Virgin Mary. At about 100 miles down the road the question formed in my mind, "If God ...  recall some years ago a man said to me, "I find that I can worship God better alone, walking in the woods." Of course this banality didn't ...

Saving Beauty

...  to the pure desire of God more deeply than that of St. Mary of Egypt. Far more than an obscure story about an obscure desert saint, ...  or buildings not designed to be used for Orthodox worship. Nonetheless buildings, like the people in them, should strive for ...