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Quotes from Orthodoxy

Each Christian has the need to read Holy Scripture, yet each Christian does not also have the authority or ability to teach and interpret the words of Scripture.  This privileged authority is reserved for the Church via its holy clergy and theologians, men who are instructed in and knowledgeable of the true faith. When we consider how our Savior gave the grace of teaching to His Holy Apostles and not to the masses it is easy for us to see that the prerogative to teach is held only by the bishops, priests and theologians of our Church.  It was the Apostles who were sent by Christ to teach and to celebrate the Holy Mysteries.                                +Elder Cleopa of Romania

Looking for a Bible-based Church?

Looking for a Bible-based Church? Why not the Church that gave you the Bible?-The New Testament as we know it was the product of the early church. The Emperor Constantine who made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, instructed Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, to compile 50 editions of the scriptures for the churches of Constantinople.  Bishop Eusebius’ canon (list of books) was formally adopted at the Council of Carthage in 397 A.D. The early church of Christ was the Mother of the Bible.  The early church of Christ, the Orthodox Church, has existed through the centuries.  It has a meaningful message for modern humanity-Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.  Won’t you join us?

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Spiritual Synergy

We Receive salvation by grace and as a divine gift of the Spirit.  But to attain the full measure of virtue we need also to possess faith and love, and to struggle to exercise our free will with integrity.  In this manner we inherit eternal life as a consequence of both grace and justice.  We do not reach the final stage of spiritual maturity through divine power and grace alone, without ourselves making any effort; but neither on the other hand do we attain the final measure of freedom and purity as a result of our own diligence and strength alone, apart from any divine assistance.  If the Lord does not build the house, it is said, and protect the city, in vain does the watchman keep awake, and in vain do the laborer and builder work (Ps. 127:14)  

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St Basil The Great on Unceasing Prayer

St. Basil the Great on Unceasing Prayer

Ought we to pray without ceasing? Is it possible to obey such a command? These are questions which I see you are ready to ask. I will endeavor, to the best of my ability, to defend the charge.

Prayer is a petition for good addressed by the pious to God. But we do not rigidly confine our petition to words. Nor yet do we imagine that God requires to be reminded by speech. He knows our needs even though we ask Him not. What do I say then? I say that we must not think to make our prayer complete by syllables. The strength of prayer lies rather in the purpose of our soul and in deeds of virtue reaching every part and moment of our life. “Whether you eat,” it is said, “or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

As you take your seat at table, pray. As you lift the loaf, offer thanks to the Giver. When you sustain your bodily weakness with wine, remember Him Who supplies you with this gift, to make your heart glad and to comfort your infirmity. Has your need for taking food passed away? Let not the thought of your Benefactor pass away too.

As you are putting on your tunic, thank the Giver of it. As you wrap your cloak around yourself, feel yet greater love to God, Who alike in summer and in winter has given us coverings convenient for us, at once to preserve our life, and to cover what is unseemly.

Is the day done? Give thanks to Him Who has given us the sun for our daily work, and has provided for us a fire to light up the night, and to serve the rest of the needs of life.

Let night give the other occasions of prayer. When you look up to heaven and gaze at the beauty of the stars, pray to the Lord of the visible world; pray to God the Arch-artificer of the universe, Who in wisdom has made them all.

When you see all nature sunk in sleep, then again worship Him Who gives us even against our wills release from the continuous strain of toil, and by a short refreshment restores us once again to the vigor of our strength. Let not night herself be all, as it were, the special and peculiar property of sleep. Let not half your life be useless through the senselessness of slumber. Divide the time of night between sleep and prayer. Yes, let your slumbers be themselves experiences in piety; for it is only natural that our sleeping dreams should be for the most part echoes of the anxieties of the day. As have been our conduct and pursuits, so will inevitably be our dreams.

Thus will thought pray without ceasing; if thought prays not only in words, but unites itself to God through all the course of life and so your life be made one ceaseless and uninterrupted prayer.

From Basil’s Homily on the Martyr Julitta.

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