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The Orthodox Way2018-06-25T15:23:38+00:00

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

– John 14:6-7

What We Believe

First, it is presupposed that the traveller on the Way is a member of the Church. The journey is undertaken in fellowship with others, not in isolation. The Orthodox tradition is intensely conscious of the ecclesial character of all true Christianity.

There is in Christianity no such thing as a spiritual élite exempt from the obligations of normal Church membership. The Christian is the one who has brothers and sisters. He belongs to a family — the family of the Church.

Secondly, the spiritual Way presupposes not only life in the Church but life in the sacraments. It is the sacraments that constitute our life in Christ. There is only one way; the way of the sacraments and the way of inner prayer are not alternatives, but form a single unity. None can be truly a Christian without sharing in the sacraments, just as none can be truly a Christian if he treats the sacraments as a mechanical ritual.

“Blessed is he that has eaten the bread of love which is Jesus,” writes St. Isaac the Syrian. “While still in this world, he breathes the air of the resurrection in which the righteous will delight after they rise from the dead.”

The spiritual Way is not only ecclesial and sacramental; it is also evangelical. This is the third indispensable presupposition for an Orthodox Christian. At each step upon the path, we turn for guidance to the voice of God speaking to us through the Bible. Always we need to keep in view that the Bible is not just a collection of historical documents, but it is the book of the Church, containing God’s word.

The real purpose of Bible study is to feed our love for Christ, to kindle our hearts into prayer, and to provide us with guidance in our personal life. As a book uniquely inspired by God and addressed to each of the faithful personally, the Bible possesses sacramental power, transmitting grace to the reader, bringing him to a point of meeting and decisive encounter. The true meaning of the Bible will only be apparent to those who study it with their spiritual intellect as well as their reasoning brain.

– Metr. Kallstos Ware, The Orthodox Way

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Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

– Hebrews 10:24-25

As a man talking with his friend, man speaks with God, and drawing near in confidence he stands before the face of the One who dwells in light unapproachable.

St. Symeon the New Theologian

O Father, my hope: O Son, my refuge: O Holy Spirit, my protection: Holy Trinity, glory to You.

Prayer of St. Ioannikios

An old man used to say: “Spread abroad the name of Jesus in humility and with a meek heart; show Him your feebleness, and He will become your strength.”

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

– Luke 11:9-10

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