Praxis and Theoria

In the teachings of the Holy Fathers, the three stages of spiritual life are characterized by use of the terms "praxis" and "theoria." I think we should dwell upon this subject also, in order, on the one hand, to understand more clearly what is meant by repentance and purification of heart; and, on the other hand, to ascertain the misinterpretation of the terms "praxis" and "theoria" by contemporary individuals, I would like to begin with an analysis of the latter.

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The Apostles Fast Begins

Orthodox Christians around the world observe four seasons during the year. Two of these--the Holy and Great Fast (Lent) for the 40 days of Lent, and the Holy Dormition Fast during the first 15 days of August--are considered "strict" fasts. The other two are generally observed as "lesser" fasts the so-called "Nativity (Christmas) Lent" or fast during the 40 days before the Feast of the Holy Nativity, and the Fast of the Apostles which occurs in June--after the Sunday of All Saints (the Sunday following Pentecost) and culminates in the feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29).

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What is Divine Revelation (Part II)

Based on the treasure of the holy memory of the Church, the study of Holy Scripture leads to unity, and not the breakdown of the Church. This way the Will of Christ for the unity of the faithful is fulfilled (St. John 17:20-21). That is why the Holy Apostles advised Christians to hold on to the traditions - that is, the treasure with which they entrusted them (1 Corinthians 11:2; Phil. 4:9) "either by word or by epistle" (2 Thessalonians 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13).

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What is Divine Revelation?

According to the Orthodox Christian faith, the Church is not founded on written texts but on the confession that Christ is God-man (theanthropos), namely that in the Person of Christ, God was joined with man, "indivisibly, immovably, unmistakably, inseparably," and man has come into actual communion with God, and in the Person of Christ and man were hypostatically united, in one unique hypostasis.

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The Mission of the Holy Spirit (Part II)

Within the unity of the one Body, each believer continues to be the concrete person that he is; he is not absorbed by the whole. This is why both in divine worship and in the sacramental (Mysteriaki Zoe) life each individual is commemorated by name. He received from the Holy Spirit his own gift, and he is called to us it not egotistically, but for the edification of the other members and for the growth of the overall body, together with his own growth "in Christ".  The Apostle Saint states: "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To me is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gift of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

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