Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

Straight from the Heart

Orthodox Reflections by Father Lawrence
  1. Part Three: Not Like Religion - Christian Sacred Space
              In previous posts in this series we looked at the difference between the Christian Faith and all the other religions, and suggested that the main difference lay in the fact that Christianity was not a religion, but rather the saving presence of Christ in the world, and through His Spirit, our participation in the powers of the age to come.  We Christians share certain external similarities with the religions, but these external
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  2. An Akathist for Matushka Olga
              Sanctity is self-authenticating.  That is, Christians know and recognize real holiness when they see it.  We do not need to wait for Synods of Bishops to officially declare someone a saint in a canonical act of glorification before we can know that he (or she) was a saint.  Indeed, it is because of this prior recognition of sanctity on the part of the Christian community that the official pronouncements of
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  3. Part Two: Not Like Religion - the Christian Calendar
              In a previous post we looked at the difference between the Christian Faith and all the other religions, and suggested that the main difference lay in the fact that Christianity was not a religion, but rather the saving presence of Christ in the world, and through His Spirit, our participation in the powers of the age to come.  The idea that Christianity is not a religion comes as a surprise to many, since Christianity shares many
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  4. Part One: Not Like Religion - the Christian Clergy
               According to Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christianity is not a religion.  In his For the Life of the World, he wrote, “Christianity is in a profound sense the end of all religion…Nowhere in the New Testament is Christianity presented as a cult or as a religion.  Religion is needed where there is a wall of separation between God and man.  But Christ, who is both God and
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  5. See You in August!
    Just a quick note to my dear online friends:  I will be on vacation and away from the office from July 19 to August 5.  During this time I will not be able to receive, moderate, or post any comments to my blog.  So, if you do post, please don't wonder why your comments are not appearing immediately.  I am not ignoring your comments, but walking the beaches of Oregon and reading commentaries on the Psalter and making notes in the margins of my Bible.  God...

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