Murals (2008) by PHANTAST - Graffiti - Cultural Music & Art Association inc. - 98 Milne St. Benleigh

the separation_of_the_goats_from_the_sheep-1THE SEPARATION OF THE GOATS FROM THE SHEEPS, 6th century mosaic, Sf Apollinarre nuove, Ravena, Italy.

"Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of Mine, you did it for Me" (Matthew 25:40).

CHRIST IN OUR NEIGHBORS. In their effort to overcome the scolastic and rationalistic influence on the Orthodox schools of theology, many contemporary Orthodox  theologians involved in the ecumenical movements today have rediscovered the organic link between the "sacrament of the altar" and " the sacrament of the neighbor" (Confessing the truth in love, Metropolitan Daniel Ciobotea, Trinitas, Iasi, 2001)

THE LITURGY AFTER THE LITURGY.  The word "liturgy" ussualy refers to what goes on inside a church building - prayers, songs and chants, recital of the Creed, proclamation of the Word, the eucharist.  But St. John Chrysostom, source of one of the best-known Orthodox liturgies, spoke of two altars: one within the sanctuary, one outside in the public square. The "liturgy after the liturgy" is thus a way of expressing how Christian worship is inseparable  from committed engagement in society and culture. The liturgy resonates with an understanding of the church as both gathered for worship and sent out to the ends of the earth, refreshed by the eucharistic bread and wine - "food for pilgrims" in their everyday struggles. (The Liturgy after the Liturgy, Ion Bria, Geneva, 1996)

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LITTLE BEING INTO A MEMBER OF CHRIST. The sacrifice of the Eucharist must be extended in personal sacrificies for the people in need, the brothers for whom Christ died. The continuation of liturgy in life means a continuous liberation from the powers of the evil that are working inside us, a continual re-orientation and openness to insights and efforts aimed at liberation human persons form all demonic structures of injustice, exploitation, agony, loneliness, and at creating real communion of persons in love (Prof. Anastasios Yannoulatos, Martyria- Mission)

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE EUCHARIST. "We cannot delude ourselves: by our mutual love and, in particular, by our concern for those in need we will be recognised as true followers of Christ. This will be the criterion by which the authenticity of our Eucharistic celebrations is judged. (Pope John Paul II, cf. Jn 13:35).

SOCIAL CHRIST. The Eucharist should be connected to efforts to aliviate homelessness, to addressing drug taking, people trafficking and domestic violence; aspects of the liturgy should be explained and discussed, their meaning made clear and their use accepted as worthy of the work as well as the worship  of Jesus. (Susan Connelly, Sister of St. Joseph).

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