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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
January 23rd, 2015 by Joel Watts

the Liturgy… lex orandi, lex credendi

Saint John on Patmos

Saint John on Patmos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Liturgy is at the same time the Kingdom of Heaven and our dwelling place, “a new Heaven and a new earth”, the point of convergence where all things find true meaning.

The Liturgy not only teaches us to broaden our horizon and our vision, to speak the language of love and communion, but also to learn how to live in love for one another, notwithstanding our differences and even our divisions.

The whole world is included in this great embrace, the communion of saints and all God’s cre­ation. The entire universe becomes “Cosmic Liturgy”, to cite the teaching of St Maximus the Confessor. Such a Liturgy can never become old or antiquated. – Patriarch Bartholomew, 2006 (when Pope Benedict visited him).

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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2 Responses to “the Liturgy… lex orandi, lex credendi”
  1. Milton Almeida says

    I can only dream of the day when the Church will worship (liturgically) the same way everywhere it meets as the Corpus Christi. I can only wish the the words of the hymn “The Church’s one Foundation”:
    “Elect from every nation
    and yet ONE over all world
    Her charter of Salvation:
    One Lord, one faith one birth
    One only Name she blesses
    Partakes one only food
    And to one hope she presses
    With every Grace endued.”

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