Why the Priests wear special clothes (vestments) in the Divine Liturgy?

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Why the Priests wear special clothes (vestments)

in the Divine Liturgy?

The Holy Apostles in the first years of Church they were special clothes in the Divine Liturgy, too.

Historical witness

In this way, this person will begin his own search for the HISTORICAL Church. Regardless of what assertions someone may have (as to what the early Christians supposedly did or believed in their worship), there are historical records, early Christian texts and archaeological discoveries, which evidence that Christians from the very beginning worshipped God in the Orthodox manner, and not in the Protestant one. There was an acknowledgement of Synods, specialized clergy, icons, vestments, the honouring of saints and holy relics, clearly defined dogmas, Divine Liturgy, Confession, Holy Unction, Chrismation, memorial services, the Crucifix, fasting, feast-days… All these things existed, from the very beginning, with changes being made to the Rubric only in details of minor significance. Should a Protestant discover all this information within the ancient historical sources, he will come to realize that everything he had been taught by his leaders was just an arbitrary and false depiction of the first Christian Church; and he will realize that everything he detested in Orthodox worship as non-Scriptural, is precisely that which was delivered to us by the Lord Himself!!!

Historical research will most assuredly lead a well-intentioned person to Orthodox worship, away from the Protestant concoctions of the 16th century.

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The Church from the first years use special clothes in the Divine Liturgy of Sunday because Holy Bible say about these. The Church accept the Old and New Testament as Jesus Christ say in New Testament in Matthew 5:17-19. The Jesus don’t abolish the Old Testament but fulfill it.

Jesus Christ says in Matthew 5:17-19:

“17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19).

So, the Church for the first years until today and always keep what the Holy Bible say about the clothes of Apostles-Priests in Old Testament:

“4Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 5 Take the garments and dress Aaron with the tunic, the robe of the ephod, the ephod itself and the breastpiece. Fasten the ephod on him by its skillfully woven waistband. 6 Put the turban on his head and attach the sacred emblem to the turban” (Exodus 29:4-6).

“And also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests” (Exodus 31:10).

“From the blue, purple and scarlet yarn they made woven garments for ministering in the sanctuary. They also made sacred garments for Aaron, as the Lord commanded Moses” (Exodus 39:1).

Also, you can read this:

https://www.oodegr.com/english/ekklisia/genika/prot_ask1.htm
Greek Protestants ask: Why be Orthodox?
By N. M., former heretic group leader

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If a Roman Catholic or a Protestant wants to convert to Orthodoxy (Eastern Orthodox Church), what are the steps?

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If a Roman Catholic or a Protestant wants to convert to

Orthodoxy (Eastern Orthodox Church), what are the steps?

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Hello,

The best is first to be willing to spend the time to really understand the commonalities and differences between Roman Catholicism or Protestantism and Orthodoxy (Eastern Orthodox Church).

In most cases, a person begins the process of conversion by speaking with a local Orthodox priest, who gives instructions (or catechism) on the teachings and beliefs of the Orthodox Church. These beliefs and doctrines have continued unchanged for over 2000 years, since the time of Jesus and the Twelve Apostles. This process of catechism could take many months. Once you have learned about the faith and teachings of the church, you would then be ready to be baptized as a member of the Orthodox Church, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (ie. the Holy Trinity). Baptism is by triple immersion in water. At the same time, you would be Chrismated, which means receiving the Holy Oil and the Holy Spirit.

Thanks for your message! If you need anything, I am here!

I thank God that the truth of the Orthodox Church is being revealed to all over the world!

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What is the meaning of the Orthodox reverence of the holy servants of God?

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What is the meaning of the Orthodox reverence

of the holy servants of God?

Source:

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During baptism, a person is given a name in honor of one of the saints, who from that moment becomes his heavenly patron. Each Orthodox Christian should know the “life” — the history — of his heavenly patron and turn to him in prayer for help and guidance. Our devout ancestors tried to commemorate the day of their saint’s memory—their “angel’s day”—by partaking of the Holy Communion and celebrating this day more festively than their birthday.

What is the meaning of the Orthodox reverence of the holy servants of God? Do the saints in Heaven know our needs and difficulties and are they interested in us? Do they hear our prayers to them and do they try to help us? Indeed should we turn to saints for help, or is it enough to pray only to the Lord God? Sectarians, who have lost the apostolic traditions, do not understand the essence and purpose of Christ’s Church and thus deny the necessity of prayers to the saints in Heaven. We will briefly outline herein the Orthodox teaching concerning this.

Orthodox reverence of the holy servants of God comes from the conviction that all of us, those seeking salvation or those already saved, living and dead, form a single family of God. The Church is a great society, encompassing the visible and invisible world. It is a huge, universal organization, built on the principle of love, in which each member must care not only about himself, but about the well-being and salvation of others. Saints are those people who during their life more than others expressed love to others.

We orthodox believe that when a righteous person dies, he does not sever his ties with the Church, but crosses over to its higher, heavenly domain—into the Church triumphant. Once in the spiritual world, the soul of the righteous person does not stop thinking, wanting, feeling. Just the opposite, these characteristics are revealed more fully and completely.

Modern non-Orthodox Christians, having lost the active connection with the heavenly-earthly Church, have the most vague and contradicting ideas concerning the afterlife. Some of them think that after death the soul of the person falls asleep and is as though shut off from everything; others—that the Continue reading “What is the meaning of the Orthodox reverence of the holy servants of God?”

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Hoe weten we wat bij het ware geloof hoort?

Het ware geloof vinden we in de Heilige Schrift en in de levende traditie van de kerk.

Het nieuwe Testament is ontstaan uit het geloof van de kerk. Schrift en traditie horen bij elkaar.

Geloof wordt niet in de eerste plaats via teksten doorgegeven.

In de jonge Kerk werd gezegd dat de Heilige Schrift ‘veeleer neergeschreven was in het hart van de kerk dan op perkament’.

Reeds de eerste leerlingen en de apostelen kwamen vooral via de levende gemeenschap met Jezus in aanraking met het nieuwe leven.

Tot deze gemeenschap, die na de verrijzenis op een andere wijze verder bestond, nodigde de jonge Kerk mensen uit.

De eerste christenen ‘bleven trouw aan het onderricht van de apostelen, vormden met elkaar een gemeenschap, braken het brood en wijdden zich aan gebed’ (Hand. 2:42).

Zij waren één met elkaar en hadden ook ruimte voor anderen.
Dat is de kern van het geloof tot op vandaag: christenen nodigen andere mensen uit om kennis te maken met een gemeenschap met God, die vanaf de tijd van de apostelen in de Kerk onvervalst is bewaard.

Questions about Protestantism, Saints, Prayer and Holy Sacraments

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Questions about

Protestantism, Saints, prayer

& Holy Sacraments

Question: Is there any instances known of the use of saintly intercession in the Church before the Saint Constantine, or in light of the Bible verses above?

Answer:

Yes, in the Maccabees and Baruch in the Old Testament (Septuagint).

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Question: How do Baptismal names work?

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You are named for a Saint that you share a name with or are close to.

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Question: My birthname is Noah, is the biblical Noah considered a Saint?

Answer:

Yes, Noah is a Saint.

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Question: Why are certain prayers repeated a lot?

Answer:

Because Christ prayed repeatedly when He was in the Temple, and in Revelation the elders and angels repeat prayers.

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Question: What is the purpose of Sacraments? This is something that I have always found vague when reading about Orthodoxy.

Answer:

They are how we participate in God’s divine life, and are the basis for why we do everything else we do.

 

Who started the Orthodox Church?

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Who started the Orthodox Church? 

The Orthodox Church was founded by our Lord Jesus Christ, when after His Ascension, He sent down upon His Apostles the Holy Spirit who proceeds from God the Father as is written in the New Testament. The Orthodox Church of today can trace its history back to the New Testament Church in unbroken continuity. The Apostles, as per our Lord’s command, preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ and founded churches in Europe, Asia and Africa. Under the direction of the Apostles and their successors, whom they appointed to carry on their mission, the Orthodox Church began to thrive. At each city and town that the Apostles traveled they would appoint a bishop to continue to minister to the faithful, before leaving on their missionary journeys. As the Church grew, the bishops in turn had to appoint priests and deacons to help them with their flock.

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Why is it hard to believe that Mary (Mother of Jesus) gave birth in a way contrary to the law of natural birth and remained a virgin?

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Why is it hard to believe that Mary (Mother of Jesus) gave birth in a way contrary to the law of natural birth and remained a virgin?

Saint Ambrose of Milan (+397):

“Why is it hard to believe that Mary (Mother of Jesus) gave birth in a way contrary to the law of natural birth and remained a virgin, when contrary to the law of nature the sea looked at Him and fled, and the waters of the Jordan returned to their source (Ps. 113:3). Is it past belief that a virgin gave birth when we read that a rock issued water (Ex. 17:6), and the waves of the sea were made solid as a wall (Ex. 14:22)? Is it past belief that a Man came from a virgin when a rock bubbled forth a flowing stream (Ex. 20:11), iron floated on water (4 Kings 6:6), a Man walked upon the waters (Mt. 14:26)? If the waters bore a Man, could not a virgin give birth to a man? What Man? Him of Whom we read: ‘…the Lord shall be known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day; and they shall offer sacrifices, and shall vow vows to the Lord, and pay them’ (Is. 19:20).

In the Old Testament a Hebrew virgin (Miriam) led an army through the sea (Ex. 15:21); in the New testament a king’s daughter (the Virgin Mary) was chosen to be the heavenly entrance to salvation.”

+ St. Ambrose, Synodal Letter 44, Letters, 1-91 (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

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Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? – G. V. Martini, Washington, USA

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Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons?

G. V. Martini, Washington, USA

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 1 of 5)

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 2 of 5)

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 3 of 5)

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 4 of 5)

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 5 of 5)

About G. V. Martini
G. V. Martini works as a senior product manager for a software company and is a subdeacon in the Orthodox Church. He and his family attends St. Innocent Antiochian Orthodox Church in Everson, Washington.

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