Sunday, April 29, 2007

The place of custom and tradition

On culture
... people in the Soviet Union had no direct access to Christian literature or to religious education. But Russian culture, including music, painting, literature and poetry, was so imbued with Christian ideas that it continued to become the bearer of religious message even in the times when religious propaganda was officially forbidden. For example, people could not access the works by the Church Fathers, but they could read Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, where many pages are dedicated to the presentation and interpretation of patristic ideas."
— Bishop Hilarion (Alfeyev)

From Logos.

Post-modernity and Orthodox witness in the 21st century
From Fr Deacon Methodius/Steve Hayes
EMEMBER, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, thy mercies and bounties which are from all eternity, and through which thou didst become man and didst will to suffer crucifixion and death for the salvation of those who rightly believe in thee, and having risen from the dead didst ascend into heaven, and sittest at the right hand of God the Father and regardest the humble entreaties of those who call upon thee with all their heart: incline thine ear, and hear the humble prayer of me, thy worthless servant, as the fragrance of spiritual incense, which I offer to thee for all people. And first remember thy Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, which thou hast provided through thy Precious Blood. Confirm, strengthen, extend, and increase her, and keep her in peace, and for ever proof against the power of hell. Calm the dissensions of the Churches, and foil the plans of the powers of darkness, dispel the prejudice of the nations, and quickly ruin and root out the risings of heresy, and frustrate them by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Jordanville Prayer Book

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