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Monday, April 1, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - XII

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

The Soul of Orthodox spirituality - 1

The soul of Orthodox spirituality consists in the practice of virtues and especially in the gift of prayer.

There is no spiritual life without prayer and there is no labor greater than praying to God.

The Church has got canonical prayer of hours (seven times a day) and the unceasing prayers that can be recited privately even in the time of doing some jobs.

Through prayer a faithful will be illumined and prayer is the measuring rode of a person’s spiritual life.

St. Dionysious the Areopagite divides the spiritual life into three stages: Purification, illumination and deification (union).

We may compare these stages with the stages of the practice of virtues, the contemplation of nature and the contemplation of God Himself.

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