W-O-R-S-H-I-P, Part 2: Orthodox

O - Orthodox

    Lex orandi, lex credendi is a 5th century axiom of Prosper of Aquitaine that continues to inform and inspire my philosophy of ministry. Fr. Rick Hilgartner expounds upon this phrase deeply yet succinctly: “The original version of the phrase, ut legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi (‘that the law of praying establishes the law of believing’), highlighted the understanding that the Church’s teaching (lex credendi) is articulated and made manifest in the celebration of the liturgy and prayer (lex orandi). We understand this to mean that prayer and worship is the first articulation of the faith. The liturgy engages belief in a way that simply thinking about God or studying the faith does not naturally do. In other words, in an act of worship, the faithful are in dialogue with God and are engaged in an active and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and every individual member of the liturgical assembly is connected to one another as members of the mystical Body of Christ in the Holy Spirit, as they look together with hope for the salvation promised in the Kingdom of Heaven.” 

    The Orthodox Worshiper actively seeks to articulate the timeless Trinitarian truths of the Christian faith with charity and clarity.