The Church

Orthodoxy is the Church of Christ on earth.  The Church of Christ is not an institution; it is a new life with Christ and in Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit. Christ, the Son of God, came to earth, was made man, uniting His divine life with that of humanity.  This divine-human life He gave to His brethren, who believe on His name. Although He died and rose again and ascended into heaven, He was not separated from His humanity, but remains in it.  The light of the resurrection of Christ lights the Church, and the joy of resurrection, of the triumph over death, fills it.  The risen Lord lives with us, and our life in the Church is a mysterious life in Christ.  ‘Christians’ bear that name precisely because they belong to Christ, they live in Christ, and Christ lives in them.  (From The Orthodox Church, by Father Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944), revised translation by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1988)

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