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Divine Grace and the Liturgy

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  • Christopher Orr
    ...for the Orthodox the main thing in the Church service is the action of divine grace on the believers, their communion with divine grace. Here it is not
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 13, 2011
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      ...for the Orthodox the main thing in the Church service is the action of
      divine grace on the believers, their communion with divine grace. Here it
      is not human influence that is determinate but divine action; the goal here
      is not simple moral education but mystical unity with God. The beneficent
      force of the Eucharist and liturgical religious rites, in which the grace
      of God mysteriously descends upon those who pray � this is the highest
      focus of the church services and prayerful exhortations. The cry of the
      holy servant [that is, the priest celebrating the Eucharist] 'May the grace
      of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the communion
      of the Holy Spirit be with you all' summons the gifts of divine grace on
      all present at the liturgy. *- Pavel Novgorodtsev, "The Essence of the
      Russian Orthodox Consciousness" in A Revolution of the Spirit: Crisis of
      Value in Russia,
      1890-1924<http://www.amazon.com/Revolution-Spirit-Crisis-Russia-1890-1924/dp/0823212866>,
      ed. Bernice Glatzer-Rosenthal and Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak (Fordham
      University Press, 1990)*


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