Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Creating Theosis

"Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it..." Psalm 127:1

"...whereby we shall be visited by a ray from above. To give light to those who sit in darkness andin the shadow of death..." Luke 1:78-79

"Let everyone who has hope in God purify himself, even as He is pure." 1 John 3:3

"...the human life reaches its fulfillment only when it becomes divine." Rev Fr Demetrios Vakarios of Thessaloniki, Greece 1985

This sermon examines how we arrive at theosis as the fulfillment of the incarnation of Christ and how we can create the circumstances of theosis in our lives now. Psalm 127, the very end of Luke Chapter 1, first verses of Chapter 3 of John's first epistle and a passage from a Greek priest of St Demetrios Church in Greece are used to assist in our spiritual development. The scripture readings are from the Malankara lectionary.

This sermon given on Sunday, December 6, 2009 by Fr John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

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