Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

The Lenten Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian Part 7

Expand Messages
  • Thomas Daniel
    The Lenten Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian Part 7 By Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann After each petition of the prayer we make a prostration. Prostrations
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 25, 2003
    • 0 Attachment
      The Lenten Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian Part 7

      By Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

      After each petition of the prayer we make a prostration. Prostrations
      are not limited to the Prayer of St. Ephrem but constitute one of the
      distinctive characteristics of the entire lenten worship. Here,
      however, their meaning is disclosed best of all. In the long and
      difficult effort of spiritual recovery, the Church does not separate
      the soul from the body. The whole man has fallen away from God; the
      whole man is to be restored, the whole man is to return. The
      catastrophe of sin lies precisely in the victory of the flesh – the
      animal, the irrational, the lust in us -- over the spiritual and the
      divine. But the body is glorious; the body is holy, so holy that God
      Himself "became flesh." Salvation and repentance then are not contempt
      for the body or neglect of it, but restoration of the body to its real
      function as the expression and the life of spirit, as the temple of
      the priceless human soul. Christian asceticism is a fight, not against
      but for the body. For this reason, the whole man - soul and body –
      repents. The body participates in the prayer of the soul just as the
      soul prays through and in the body. Prostrations, the "psycho-somatic"
      sign of repentance and humility, of adoration and obedience, are thus
      the lenten rite par excellence.

      (End)
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.