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« on: April 11, 2013, 10:06:38 AM »

Spring has come and our hearts rejoice. And we can enlarge our joyful even more thanks this masterpiece by podkarpatska:

"Tradition." To those of us who profess the Orthodox faith, tradition is a concept over which we tear ourselves apart to our very core. We all "get" the concept, but the transfer of the concept into real practice is illusive at best.

A new priest comes to a parish and "changes" things - perhaps to reflect what was "familiar" to him as a child or something he read about or idealized.

The old Bishop was strict about divorces, another one - not so much.

The liturgy itself is not something static - it was not "revealed" to St. John or St. Basil like some golden tablets under a rock or narrated by an "angel."

Plenty of canons have little if any relevance to life today. Are you avoiding that Jewish surgeon perchance?

There was a time in the history of the Church wherein the concept of a world and a church operating without a "basileus" or "tsar" was not just inconceivable, but likely viewed as heretical.

These are just a few random thoughts but I am sure we could use all of the forum's bandwidth if we really tried!

There is no perfect age, no ideal time - we are stuck for now with this "now."

So we pray, we worship, we learn and in the end, the Church endures. Throughout that process we endeavor to find the way to our salvation.

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2013, 10:08:38 AM »

Axios!  Axios!  Axios!!!

Conquer evil men by your gentle kindness, and make zealous men wonder at your goodness. Put the lover of legality to shame by your compassion. With the afflicted be afflicted in mind. Love all men, but keep distant from all men.
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2013, 10:54:11 AM »

Yay!  angel

He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2013, 01:53:25 PM »

Axios! Axios! Axios!

Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
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if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth
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