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No Altar = No Church

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Dorothea, May 16, 2013.

  1. Wesley1982

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    Most times when I go to visit a church its usually locked and there is nobody there.
     
  2. Dewi Sant

    Dewi Sant Do the little things

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    I do fear that there may be a sentiment of spiritual superiority regarding the tone of this thread's title.

    As Orthodox Christians, celebrate the faith which you have and the wealth of support the church enables. Do not become as the quarrelsome, criticising one communion over another. Such comparison causes the beauty of Orthodoxy to become obscured under a [literally] protestant mentality of "we are not them".

    I was granted a godson in the faith not by criticising every church around me and setting myself apart, but by living a simply Orthodox life. It was the beauty of holiness which he perceived in me, a sinner, which caused him to come to Orthodoxy.

    To paraphrase Saint Serpahim: "Acquire within you the spirit of peace, and a multitude around you will find their salvation."




    So yes, some churches may not have altars. Do not hurt them by saying or thinking that they are not a church, rather, love them, without selfishness, without desire for their conversion, and it will happen that the act of love will express God far more effectively than any serious debate.



    ~forgive me.
     
  3. ArmyMatt

    ArmyMatt Regular Member Supporter

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    yeah, I was told that if a Church is on fire, that is the thing to save foremost.
     
  4. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    :sigh: This isn't about judging individual people's hearts or their love for God. It's about the structure of a Church building and how God instructed it to be built, and yes, it includes at its center, the Altar.
     
  5. SeventhValley

    SeventhValley Guest

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    I would imagine a Orthodox priest could do a liturgy with nothing but three people under a tree with bread and wine. Jesus did his liturgy in a dining room.
     
  6. Mariya116

    Mariya116 Newbie

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    You mean serve a liturgy?
     
  7. A Church needs the Eucharist, which requires a priest, which requires a bishop, which requires valid apostolic succession.
     
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