Monday, October 14, 2013

Unity within the Orthodox Church

Many non-Orthodox do not truly understand the unity of Orthodoxy, since it is separated in many jurisdictions. Nicolas Zernov, however, analysis this unity, by claiming:

“All the Eastern Orthodox Churches use the same prayer- and hymn-books and follow the same liturgical cycles, but they vary considerably in their music and local traditions and customs. Nevertheless their unity is essentially liturgical, and this is emphasised by the position which the Eucharist occupies in their worship. Holy Communion is the centre of their spiritual life, and the vehicle of power which makes of them one body, despite the varied and often conflicting national allegiances of their members”[1]

[1]  Zernov, Nicolas, The Church of the Eastern Christians, (London, SPCK, 1946), p. 33

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