I am an Orthodox Christian priest. I have been Orthodox my entire life and a priest since July 2007. From my perspective, in America at least, we have lost the functional understanding of our Orthodox Christian Faith. We must take seriously that our Traditions have purpose and are not a just a litany of tasks and obligations we must perform. To "boil down" the Faith to that creates an environment I believe is what the Apostle Paul taught against. Glory to God.
Be Transfigured –Don’t Bury the Church
In the Parable of the Talents, we learn that God has given each member of the Church resources according to our ability. He has given us the Church with the expectation that we each would make full use of the Church’s way of life so we could grow closer to Him. The Divine Liturgy, blessing services, Holy Confession and the other Sacraments, prayer, Holy Scriptures, and more are each meant to help us increase in our relationship with our Lord. Unfortunately, most of us choose not to use the resources the Church has. We depend simply upon our ‘membership’ in the Church as if having been given the resources is enough. Most of us choose to bury the Church rather than increase. Most of us become the wicked lazy servant who was cast into the outer darkness, rather than the good and faithful servant invited into heaven. But that can all change today.
ABOUT BE TRANSFIGURED
Be Transfigured! We invite you to Live a New Life in Christ. We feature videos of our weekly sermons, classes on Orthodox Christianity, Bible studies, questions and answers, and special events in the life of the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Florence, SC
ABOUT FATHER ATHANASIOS C. HAROS
Father Athanasios C Haros is the Pastor at the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Florence, South Carolina. His sermon series, known as “Be Transfigured” are found each week on the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find more information about his parish at www.GoFlorence.org, and www.LiveANewLifeInChrist.org.
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