St. Benedict Orthodox Church Celebrating in the Western Rite of the Antiochian Jurisdiction
We have come through all the seasons of the Church bringing us in turn to the wonder of the Incarnation, then the Life of Christ which introduces us to the Father, through the journey of Lent culminating in the death of God. The glorious resurrection follows in the joy of Pascha, and then on to Pentecost with the coming of the Holy Spirit. Now, in a conclusion of sorts, we cap the revelatory story of God with this day dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Indeed we enter what is called the ‘ordinary’ time of the Church season, the long green season representing the Christian life.
In this season we contemplate the aspects of the Christian life and the life of the Holy Church. God’s self-revelation as Trinity is the heart of this life: the Son revealing the Father by the Holy Spirit.
“The Trinity is, for the Orthodox Church, the unshakeable foundation of all religious thought, of all piety, of all spiritual life, of all experience. It is the Trinity that we seek in seeking after God, when we search for the fullness of being, for the end and meaning of existence.” [Vladimir Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church p.65]
The consideration of the Persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and their interrelationship, is the foundation of all contemplation of the Divine Unity, and is the key of Orthodox theological framework.Continue
The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago in 33 A.D.