An Attempt to Interpret the Concept of «Mystery» in Relation to the Divine Liturgy and Church Temple

Elpis. 2016;0(18):93-99 DOI 10.15290/elpis.2016.18.12

 

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Journal Title: Elpis

ISSN: 1508-7719 (Print); 1508-7719 (Online)

Publisher: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion

Country of publisher: Poland

Language of fulltext: English, Russian, French, Polish

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AUTHORS

Artur Aleksiejuk (Христианская Богословская Академия в Варшаве)

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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

This article is an attempt to look at the most important events in the history of salvation from a liturgical perspective. This reflection begins with an etymological and theological interpretation of the concept of «anamnesis» (ανάμνησις) and «mystery» (μυστήρὶα), which have fundamental significance in the liturgical practice of the Orthodox Church. This reflection also serves as an occasion to emphasise the necessity of a continual search for answers to questions which have always had crucial importance for the life and experience of the Church as a human-divine community of the faithful: for Christians, what is the liturgical commemoration of the life and death of the Saviour Jesus Christ, from His Incarnation to Ascension into Heaven to be seated at the Right Hand of the Father? Although the liturgical gift of commemoration is a mystery, it takes place in the Temple Church. This is therefore a visible sign of the invisible, deifying and saving grace of the Triune God, which loves mankind and the world which He created and longs to be “all in all”.