keeping our own time in the truth
Keeping of calendars has always been primarily a religious task. Even with the disparity of Christian calendars, it is important for Orthodox Christians to follow whatever calendar approved by the collective instruction of their bishops - in obedience to the divinity of the apostles and apostolic succession.
The sequence of events from the beginning of the fast through Holy Week and Easter is understood to be divinely inspired - even when local traditions and customs may vary.
This gets to the core reason Orthodox Christians continue to participate in the Holy Church services - Holy Orthodoxy is known by the heart. It resonates with the inner core of each of us.
Fr. John Brian's sermon focuses on this primary issue of Orthodox Christian spirituality, using the time of year and the calendars to discuss the resonance of divine harmony in our hearts.
This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, March 24, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
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