Uniqueness

National Geographic Snowflakes Pictures: Photograph 1 (winter, Christmas)

Snowflakes form in a wide variety of intricate shapes, leading to the popular expression that “no two are alike”.  Although possible, it is very unlikely for any two randomly selected snowflakes to appear exactly alike due to the many changes in temperature and humidity the crystal experiences during its fall to earth.   Initial attempts to find identical snowflakes by photographing thousands of them with a microscope from 1885 onward by Wilson Alwyn Bentley found the wide variety of snowflakes we know about today.

The snowflake is often a traditional seasonal image or motif used around the Christmas period, especially in Europe and the United States. It represents the traditional White Christmas. During this period it is quite popular to make paper snowflakes by folding a piece of paper several times, cutting out a pattern with scissors and then unfolding it.  Snowflakes are also often used as symbols representing winter or cold conditions; and my golly there are plenty of snowflakes around today in many parts of the world as winter has come.

“…the endless repetition of an ordinary miracle.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow

Orthodox Christians believe that Jesus is the unique Son of God in human flesh.   Christianity is unique among world religions, and Christ’s true uniqueness is the centerpiece of Christianity.  So as we are created in the Image of God, and His Son is Unique, then in my humble Christian opinion, each and every one of us, are unique in our own journey toward Him.

“The Word of God was made the Son of man in order that man might become God. He had to become all things to all man except sin. So, He comes as the perfect image of God and He gives us the possibility of restoring this likeness to God within ourselves.

The glory of all this revelation is that it is revealed to us, the Christian faith of Orthodoxy, through our sacred channels of truth, our Holy Tradition and our Holy Scripture. What an awesome responsibility lies upon Orthodox Man as the Image of God. It is left to us to bring all men to the knowledge of the truth. Is it any wonder that our rite of Baptism is also thought of as the layman’s ordination? St. Peter tells us: “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people …””  From Orthodox Man as the Image of God by Father George Rados.

“The Orthodox Church is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church in which resides the fullness of Christian truth. It is holy because its head, the Lord Jesus Christ, is holy and has made it the unique vehicle of sanctification; it is Catholic because it knows no limitation of time or place and encompasses within itself the entirety of Christ’s Church; and it is Apostolic because it alone has maintained, with unbroken continuity and without any alteration, the faith of the Apostles through the ages. You will find the deeper, authentic spiritual life you are looking for in the splendid and moving worship of the Orthodox Christian Church.”From Eastern Orthodox Church.

“The Orthodox Christian belongs to the Body of Christ, the Church of Christ. This Eastern Orthodox Church is organically the same congregation (or ecclesia) which was born at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem on Pentecost, a direct continuation from the Apostles by laying on of hands from each generation of priests to the next. The Orthodox Christian recognizes the rich Christian heritage and proclaims that he belongs to this Church, which corresponds to the Church of the Apostles as does a grown-up person correspond to a picture taken of him as a child.

The Orthodox Christian has been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity and follows the ideals and beliefs of both the Scriptures and Sacred Tradition. He believes in a living and loving God, Whose Grace protects and guides him in the path of redemption. He believes that God has revealed Himself in the Bible through the Prophets and especially in the Person of Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son who is man’s Savior. He especially believes in the Incarnation of Christ as God-Man, in His Crucifixion and Resurrection, in His Gospel and Commandments, and in the world to come.”  The Orthodox Christian.

Thus we, as an Orthodox Christian are as unique and the same as each individual snowflake, created by God!

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About padrerichard

I am a Priest with ROCOR and serve as Rector at St. Joseph of Optina Parish in Virginia Beach, VA
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