Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Paradox of Orthodoxy

Reading Metropolitan Kallistos’ book, “The Inner Kingdom”, I came across a beautiful passage, written by Fr. Lev Gillet, who sums up the paradox of Orthodoxy in the 20th century, claiming:

“O strange Orthodox Church, so poor and so weak…maintained as if by a miracle through so many vicissitudes and struggles; Church of contrasts, so traditional and yet at the same time so free, so archaic and yet so alive, so ritualistic and yet so personally mystical; Church where the Evangelical pearl of great price is preciously safeguarded-yet often beneath a layer of dust…Church which has so frequently proved incapable of action-yet which knows, as does no other, how to sing the joy of Pascha”.  (p. 24)

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