The sickness of human nature is the failure to reach personal perfection. The diagnosis concerns… every person, independent of whether he is Christian or not. Orthodoxy is not limited to the narrow boundaries of religions that are only interested in their followers, but like God, Orthodoxy is universal.
Because of its human-divine nature, Christianity must remain eternally unchanging – not frozen in letters – in no way being dependent on or guided by the spirit of each particular age. Instead, Christianity is meant to govern and direct the spirit of the age for anyone who follows its teachings, but not in a tyrannical manner.
Based on St Theophan the Recluse, Protopresbyter George Metallinos (University of Athens)
In this photo: Abbot Ephraim pours wine in the Holy Chalice at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy of Saint Apostle James, the “brother” of Christ. Being the oldest complete Liturgy still in use, it is held in the middle of the church, outside of the Holy Altar.