On Earth as in Heaven: The Origins of Orthodox Worship

Ever wondered about our Orthodox Liturgy and how it or we relate to Heaven and God’s Kingdom?  Well here is an article that offers an excellent window into our Divine Liturgy:

“On Earth as in Heaven…”

On Earth as in Heaven: The Origins of Orthodox Worship

“While it is true that Orthodox worship serves as a fulfillment of old covenant worship—being fulfilled in and through the risen Christ—the ultimate parallel or comparison that should be drawn is between the Orthodox worship on earth and that which exists in eternity (or, in “heaven”).

It is easy to discern the type-fulfillment relationships between the old covenant shadows and the new covenant fulfillment. For example, the seven-branched candelabras of the temple and those of an Orthodox altar; the budded rod of Aaron and the budded Cross from which the priestly blessing is given; the ark of the covenant in the most holy place of the temple and the tabernacle and “Mary of the Sign” iconography in the apse of a traditional Orthodox church building; etc….”

To read the entire blog, please go here: “On Earth as in Heaven…”

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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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