30 day Orthodox challenge
Day 22 — What does Orthodox Christianity mean to you?
Well, this is a hard question… I truly believe that the other Orthodox that already replied to it expressed their feelings in a more beautiful way, but I’ll give a try.
Orthodoxy means everything to me. It’s my home and my shelter. Living in a world that everything changes every day and especially living in a country that everything collapses in front of our eyes, the Orthodox Church is the only stable and safe thing for me. The feeling when I enter in a church can’t be compared to anything. When I light a candle in the darkness, when I venerate with respect the holy icons that are illumined by the light of the candles, when I smell the sweet smell of incense, when I realize that in the Orthodox Church everything perfectly makes sense, from the colours used in the icons to the vestments of the priests etc…
Also, when I feel connected to the previous Orthodox Christians that have used the same Divine Liturgy many centuries ago, when I venerate the same icons they did, I feel complete. It’s like a bridge between the past and the future.
So when everything changes so rapidly, when the societies are getting away from Jesus Christ, I feel consolation to know that the Church that I am a member was, is and will always be there totally unchanged, since the era of Jesus.
Orthodox believers in my country take Orthodoxy as granted. They are not interested for the richness and the fullness that exists in the Church. So, as far as I can, with my own poor powers I’ll try to help spreading the light of Orthodoxy. I admire the way Orthodoxy expects each Church member to be responsible for the Faith. All of us have a great responsibility, to transfer the faith unchanged to the next generations. And it’s something I want to be a part of, as long as I live.
(Photos from here, here, here and here)