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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Principles Of Orthodox Worship - I

by Fr. Dr. Mathew Vaidyan

Transfiguration of the whole being

Human mind is provided with conscious, sub conscious and unconscious layers. Worship is not only the transfiguration of the conscious mind. It transforms the whole being .

St. Paul expresses this process as follows: “ And we all, with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the spirit of the Lord”. ( 2 Cor.3:18).

The three representatives of the Apostles could experience this glory of the Lord in their Taboric Transfiguration.

Christian witness is not only to see the glory of God, but also to become glorified. Human beings , created in the image of God are transfigured from glory to glory through incessant prayer and worship.

This process is not intellectual but experiential. The whole being is involved in this process. In other words, worship is infinite growth in goodness. It is theosis or Deification.

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