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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Orthodox Holy Week

Holy Week for the Orthodox Church (or "Eastern Church") begins tomorrow with Palm Sunday. This week is called by the Orthodox "Holy and Great Week" (ie, "Holy and Great Thursday," "Holy and Great Friday," "Holy and Great Saturday"). What is called "Easter" in the West is called "Holy Pascha" in the East, this being the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord.

The difference in timing of these religious observances in the East and West has a long history in the calendars used by the different traditions. Whether or not this holy week will ever be observed simultaneously in the East and the West, the current recognition of this week as holy in the two major Christian traditions of the world provides a "double" solemn witness to believers and non-believers alike of the central and salvific events of Christ's suffering, death and resurrection.

On this blog there are links to some blogs by Orthodox authors that you are invited to visit. They may provide more information on the belief and practices of this week as observed among the Orthodox Christians.

A blessed Holy and Great Week and Holy Pascha to those in the Orthodox Church.


Augustinian Successor said...

You are proud of the fact that Bishop Benke who prayed an ecumenical prayer greeted the Pope??? Because he as a NON-Roman BISHOP, GREETED the Pope???

Are you goons that desperate for affirmation? But you ARE *excommunicated* laity belonging to a schismatic body. THAT's the TRUE meaning "separated brethren"!

Fr. Timothy D. May, S.S.P. said...

From Augustinian Successor:

Actually, Lossky's insight needs a Lutheran modification ... here's how: As is the typical Lutheran approach, nature is *distinguished* but NOT *separated* from person. Jesus died for PERSONS. It is persons who suffer death, not nature. The Son of God did not die for "abstraction". He died for "concrete" beings. In Jesus, all DIED. In Jesus, all were RESURRECTED. Baptism is emphatically not the union between nature and person, but the union between person and Person.

In other words, the Old MAN (person and nature) died in Baptism. The New MAN (person and nature) is raised up in Baptism. The person must be killed before being made alive. This therefore the conclusion of the theologian of the cross. The glorification of the person only comes through destruction of the *same* person.

Sanctification therefore is killing of the Old Adam and the raising up of the New Adam. Sanctification therefore is the source and summit of the Christian life. Sanctification is but the existential/empirical perspective of the justification as THE Christian life.

4:08 AM, April 23, 2008

Fr. Timothy D. May, S.S.P. said...

READER - the previous comment was written by "AUGUSTINIAN SUCCESSOR" as a comment for the post "Rome, Wittenberg and more on justification". I mistakenly copied it to this post. Mea culpa!

Also, the first comment here is is meant to be a response to the post "Lutheran Bishop among those who greet the Pope."

[I do not know how to delete comments once they are posted.]

Fr. Timothy D. May, S.S.P. said...

Now in response to the first comment by "Augustinian Successor" regarding a non-Roman Bishop greeting the Pope:

Theologically speaking, what is a "goon"?

I am not confused that when a religious leader greets a visiting religious leader that there is total agreement in doctrine and practice (this was a prayer service not a council). Note too that there were greeters from the Orthodox Church, Reformed, etc. When the Lutherans brought the Augsburg Confession before the Catholic Church leaders they did not send it by courier. Hope this helps.