Theosis in the Episcopal Church

In a previous post I wrote about theosis as the human vocation. Theosis, was a central concept and theme within the early church and remains so today in Eastern Orthodoxy. Was theosis lost by the west in the East-West schism of 1054? Where is theosis within the Anglican tradition and more specifically in the American expression of Anglicanism, The Episcopal Church? Anglicans have always maintained a … Continue reading Theosis in the Episcopal Church

St. Ephrem – The Deformities Made Beautiful

“Free will succeeded in making Adam’s beauty ugly, for he, a man, sought to become a god. Grace, however, made beautiful his deformities and God came to become a man. Divinity flew down to draw humanity up, for the Son had made beautiful the deformities of the servant and so he has become a god, just as he desired.” St. Ephrem the Syrian Feast Day: … Continue reading St. Ephrem – The Deformities Made Beautiful

The Cradle of Birth and New Life – A Sermon for Christmas Eve

The collect and readings for Christmas Eve may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 2:1-20. In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee … Continue reading The Cradle of Birth and New Life – A Sermon for Christmas Eve