It is the wrong time of year to have this come up as our next Maxim since right now, in the Orthodox Church, we are in the midst of our Paschal season. During this until, until Pentecost, we do not do any prostrations. But nonetheless, here is what Fr. Thomas Hopko has to say about Maxim #6:
We, Orthodox, would say make some prostrations when you pray. Kneel down. Bend over. Bow down. Use your body. As St. Ephraim, “If your body is not praying when you’re praying, you’re not really praying.” Prayer is not just an activity of the mind and heart. It’s an activity of the whole person.
So actually during the festive time of Pascha we can still use our body for worship as we make the sign of the cross and bow low in prayer.
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Let us set out with Joy as we walk through this last week of April!
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I am an Orthodox Christian, a deacon’s wife, a mother, and an aspiring Kindler of Joy.
I believe I’ve begun to understand (finally), by the grace of God, where we can begin to find happiness. True happiness. My heart longs for a deeper connection to those around me and to creation. I want to feel joy not only in myself but to see it on the face of people I love and those that God brings my way.
Thus, begins my journey to become a Kindler of Joy. It is a journey, a path of learning and growing. So I’ve created my blog as a reminder to myself, daily, to open my eyes and find the beauty and joy around me. I long to share this joy, to spread this joy and to inspire others to become Kindlers of Joy. When we kindle joy in others we spread a light throughout this dark world. A light that is desperately needed.
Won't you join me in spreading this light, this joy?
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