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Friday, March 29, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - XI

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

Holy Trinity is the basis of and the Love is the Hallmark of Orthodox Spirituality - 3

By the Incarnate Son the Holy Spirit radiates within humanity and the world, as the love of God for us and of ours for God. The Holy Spirit brings into creation inter-Trinitarian life and love. He raises us to the level of deification.

The invocation of the Holy Spirit in the Holy Qurbana (epiclesis) hasn’t only the purpose of changing the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, but of brining divine life into the creation.

This is why the Church invokes the Holy Spirit in all her sanctifying services. We are raised up by the Holy Spirit to the divine world or in the other way the divine world penetrates us.

This is what really the meaning and goal of our spirituality or spiritual life.

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