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Saint Sophia Blog: August

Meditation and Worship (Part IX) »

August 31st, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

We see that we cannot partake deeply of the life of God unless we change profoundly. It is therefore essential that we should go to God in order that he should transform and mange us, and that is why, to begin with we should ask for conversion. Conversion in Latin means a tum, a change in the direction of things. The Greek word metanoia means a change of mind. Conversion […]

Love Is One Body »

August 30th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your […]

Commemoration of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John »

August 29th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

The divine Baptist, the Prophet born of a Prophet, the seal of all the Prophets and beginning of the Apostles, the mediator between the Old and New Covenants, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, the God-sent Messenger of the incarnate Messiah, the forerunner of Christ’s coming into the world (Isaiah 40:3; Mal. 3: 1); who by many miracles was both conceived and born; who was filled with the […]

The Art of the Icon (Part II) »

August 26th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

The icon, by a concrete symbolism that preserves it from any tendency to allegory, expresses the deification of humankind and the sanctification of the universe, in other words, the truth of beings and things. The symbolic, integrated in the fullness of communion, is always at the service of the person whom it reveals. Light in an icon does not come from an exact point, for, as we read in Revelation, […]

The Art of the Icon (Part I) »

August 25th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

In the undivided Church principles were laid down, chiefly by a decree of the 7th Ecumenical Council, governing an art of transfiguration, the art of the icon. The whole church, of course, its architecture, frescos and mosaics, is one enormous icon which bears the same relation to space as the unfolding of the liturgy does to time; it is ‘heaven on earth’, the manifestation of the divine-human where the flesh […]