Saint John Chrysostom


We should leave church as if we’re coming from the holiest inner sanctum, as if we’re descending from the very heavens. Teach those who don’t go to church that you sang with the seraphim, that you belong to the heavenly estate, that you encountered Christ and spoke with him. If we experience the divine liturgy like this, there’ll be no need to speak to those who were absent. When they see how richly we’ve benefitted, they’ll recognize how badly they’ve fared and will hasten to church in order to enjoy the same blessings, through the grace and loving-kindness of our Lord, Jesus Christ.



Pemptousia Partnership

Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person ­– the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.


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