What I learned about the Orthodox church from Pinterest

No, Really. Say what you will about memes. They helped me to find my way toward Orthodoxy.

  1. Bees respect icons and do not build wax combs across them: MYSTAGOGY: The Respect Bees Have For Holy Icons - THIS IS INCREDIBLE! HOW CAN PEOPLE SEE MIRACLES LIKE THIS AND NOT  SEE THE PROOF OF GOD IN OUR WORLD?:
  2. Prostrating is a Christian thing:

Prostrations are a part of Orthodox praxis (Russian Orthodox Christian Pilgrims visiting Jerusalem Israel):

3. Monks and animals go together like PB&J!

Beautiful Mount Athos http://www.travelandtransitions.com/european-travel/:

4. They take scripture serious:

"The more one is united to his neighbor, the more he is united to God." - Dortheos of Gaza:

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5. Orthodox Christians have a great sense of humor:

"Honk Forty Times if You're Orthodox" bumper sticker :): Orthodoxy. For kids who like to stay up all night, drink wine, and play with fire.:

6. God is good and He loves us. (I already knew this but the Orthodox say it in every service. Perhaps so that we do not forget. Especially when we are going through hard times. )

"The Anthropic Principle states that if you were to change the conditions of the universe from what we currently observe, it would make life impossible".:

7. It all began with t he Orthodox Christians after Pentecost; the bible, how services are run, prayer, fasting, etc. It can be exasperating when Protestants ask if we know, Jesus.

Ha ha!:

8. How deep a faith you wish to have is completely up to and reliant upon what you’re willing to give up in, Jesus name. (I knew this too but it seems to be lacking more and more in modern church sermons.)

Free from Passions:

9. It’s okay to acknowledge and venerate, Mary:

Mary is venerated because she is Theotokos. To venerate the Theotokos is an inherent part of rightly believing in the Incarnation of God-Man. To ignore her as Theotokos is to hold a diminished and inadequate understanding of the Incarnation. -Stephen Freeman:

10. Sometimes, the peculiar things you read about being in heaven show up on the walls of the temple… and that’s ok. All Seeing Eye Icon:

11. There is more to fasting than just food:

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Lent:

12. Orthodox Christians know how to celebrate & worship God with all five sense:

The Byzantine style frescos of the new Orthodox church of Omala. Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece.:

Γιατί θυμιατίζουμε στην Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία;:

Cross and candles + + + Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν + + + The Eastern Orthodox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEasternOrthodox Pinterest The Eastern Orthodox: http://www.pinterest.com/easternorthodox/ Pinterest The Eastern Orthodox Saints: http://www.pinterest.com/easternorthodo2/:

13. Prayer is a big deal… a BIG deal.

It is of great significance if there is a person in a family who truly prays. Prayer attracts God's grace, and all the family feels it, even those whose hearts have grown cold. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica:

Someone seriously loves their saints. Add photos of family and friends to remember to pray for them:

 

And more but that’s all for today…

Lord have mercy.

 

 

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