FULLY ALIVE: Introduction
- FULLY ALIVE: Introduction
FULLY ALIVE http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/fully-alive/9706195
A collection of short sermons on living the Orthodox Christian life
Fr. John-Brian Paprock, 207 pages, 2010 - Holy Transfiguration Publications
O God, have compassion on us, and bless us, and manifest Thy presence to us,and have mercy on us. Amen.
The spiritual teachings of Eastern Christianity, the rituals and the
traditions of the Orthodox Church, have a transformative power. They have been repeated on every continent, every year for centuries. In some places, they've been repeated for more than millennia. One can see in them a preparation of the life to come, that kingdom of peace, the restoration of the garden - a homeland we spiritually long for. One can experience in them the presence of God; a healing of the spiritual woundedness that comes from a material life in competition with God's presence.
The practices of Holy Orthodoxy have been preserved in many ethnic churches - the most ancient of those in the East, from the Caucus Mountains, along the Nile River and following the trade routes to Southern India and China. The Syrian Church followed the Apostle Thomas into the farthest reaches of the East. The Greeks, too, followed the Apostle Andrew into the Slavic lands to the North. From a small region to the east of Mediterranean Sea, this deep and abiding spirituality has been given to the whole world, including
the New World.
It is this New World that has brought about modern society, a global reality of nearly instant communication and travel beyond the speed of sound. And it is in this modern time that the ideas and spiritual teachings of the most ancient church are relevant. Yet, there is a need to bring these expressions of antiquity and ethnic idiosyncrasy into modern terms for the good of all people.
The sermons and communication ministry of Father John-Brian Paprock has taken this challenge. This collection of transcribed and written short sermons is only a sample of that Christian message.
The sermons naturally flowed into four themes of the spiritual life that are reflected in the Orthodox Christian year. These are important Christian concepts for spiritual development:
Read the rest of the introduction and see the table of contents:
A Question About Confession
P. F. from Palestine asks:
Father I have a question. Is it prohibited for someone only to confess
himself in his heart in front of iconostas (e.g. at the steps in front of the altar, in front of icons) without confession to his Priest? Please, teach me. Thank you.
Rev Fr John Brian responds:
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