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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
First Visit to an Orthodox Church: 12 Things I Wish I’d Known - Part 1

Episode date: March 14, 2005
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Program Notes - March 13, 2005

First Visit to an Orthodox Church--Twelve Things I Wish I'd Known

© Frederica Mathewes-Green

1) What's all this commotion?

a) During the early part of the service the church may seem to be in a hubbub, with people walking up to the front of the church, praying in front of the iconostasis (the standing icons in front of the altar), kissing things and lighting candles, even though the service is already going on. In fact, when you came in the service was already going on, although the sign outside clearly said "Divine Liturgy at 9:30." You felt embarrassed…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Prayers to the Saints - Part 4: State of the Dead, cont’d.

Episode date: February 14, 2005
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Program Notes - February 13, 2005
Prayer to the Saints - Part 4: The State of the Dead

PRAYER TO SAINTS IV

  1. Warnings by the Church Canons Council of Nicea 787AD. God and the saints are addressed differently. We implore God to grant us blessings and deliver us from evil, we implore the saints to intercede for us to God who grants the petitions. Therefore we pray to God: Have mercy on us, and to the saints, Pray for us. It is strictly incumbent on all to beware lest they transfer to any creature the rights which belong strictly to the Deity. We do not adore any creature nor honor the saints as though to adore them, but…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Prayers to the Saints - Part 3: The State of the Dead

Episode date: February 07, 2005
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Program Notes - February 6, 2005
Prayer to the Saints - Part 3: The State of the Dead

PRAYER TO SAINTS III

  1. Status of the dead: What is "death"? It is not annihilation or unconciousness. Death is the separation of things that should be together, body and soul, the soul and God. Death is separation. The Old Testament uses the term "cut off" as a euphemism for putting someone to death. "Eternal life" is NOT mere immortality, (the demons are immortal), but it is being connected to our "True Life" who is Christ.
    1. The "dead" are not dead. Luke 9:28-31 Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Prayers to the Saints - Part 2: Why Intercession?

Episode date: January 31, 2005
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Program Notes - January 30, 2005
Prayer to the Saints - Part 2: Why Intercession?

PRAYER TO THE SAINTS PART II

  1. SCRIPTURAL ARGUMENT Three main threads:
    a. Theological argument, communion in Christ.
    b. What is the status of the dead?
    c. Do we have any relationship with them/ Do they have anything to do with our prayers?
  2. Theological argument: Communion in Christ is what we are created for.
  3. Why does God command us to pray for one another if we can pray to God on our own, for ourselves and we need no one else but Jesus?
    a. The REAL QUESTION is not "why intercession of the…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Prayers to the Saints - Part 1: What is a Saint?

Episode date: January 24, 2005
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Program Notes - January 23, 2005
Prayer to the Saints - Part 1: What is a Saint?

PRAYER TO THE SAINTS PART I

  1. What is a Saint?
    1. All Christians are "saints", or "holy ones" (literal translation), which means "set apart". All believers are holy ones in the sense of a status which is given to us by virtue of our baptism into Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit. But on the other hand we are called to be "sanctified" or "holy-ized" which is a work in progress, or a "state of being" which we strive for by eliminating sin and conforming ourselves to the image of Christ. We are commanded to "cleanse…

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