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"We have concluded that when the principle of phyletism (i.e. ecclesiastical nationalism) is juxtaposed with the teaching of the Gospel and the constant practice of the Church, it is not only foreign to it, but also completely opposed, to it. We decree the following in the Holy Spirit: 1. We reject and condemn racial division, that is, racial differences, national quarrels and disagreements in the Church of Christ, as being contrary to the teaching of the Gospel and the holy canons of our blessed fathers, on which the holy Church is established and which adorn human society and lead it to Divine piety. 2. In accordance with the holy canons, we proclaim that those who accept such division according to races and who dare to base on it hitherto unheard-of racial assemblies are foreign to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and are real schismatics."
The Divine Liturgy is the original multi-media presentation
Posted by Herman on 4/25/2012, 6:54 am, in reply to "Re: Some Protestants now rail against "Youth Ministry""
In the services of the Orthodox Church we work all the senses. Music, vestments, icons, prayers, candles, the Eucharist, all of these things, presented in a scripted manner with changing parts, work together to communicate the idea of that which is Holy. We step OUTSIDE the world, we don't bring the world in with praise bands and PowerPoint slides or video presentations. |
I have spoken to several Protestant "music directors" and "worship leaders" that say the same thing, who are trying to weave elements of Orthodox and Catholic worship into their services, but that only goes so far.
Even Protestants are waking up to see that worship is not a show, it is an experience. We experience the Divine Presence, we experience Heaven on Earth. How can they even hope to compare with that?
There is no PowerPoint in Heaven. Or at least I most sincerely HOPE NOT!