视频: 3分鐘,學心禱 (台灣東正教會) Prayer

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3分鐘,學心禱 (台灣東正教會)

心禱 簡介

如何才能實現我主的教導:「你要盡心、盡性、盡意愛主─你的神」(太22:37)
如何才能實踐使徒的囑咐:「不住的禱告」(帖前5:17)
如何才能親身見證:「神的國就在你們心裡」(路17:21)

心禱 (the prayer of the heart),又名耶穌禱文 (Jesus Prayer)
就是靈魂時刻燃燒的愛意,
就是分分秒秒不止息的祈禱,
就是開啟神國的鑰匙。

載於聖經,始於初代教會,在曠野和修道生活中達到頂峰。

最簡單的禱詞 : 主耶穌,憐憫我…
卻蘊含著最深刻的神學,凝鍊了整部聖經的精要。

最樸實的實踐 : 一次又一次地默誦…
卻能領人至心靈最深之處,與摯愛相遇,與至愛結合為一。

至今希臘阿陀斯聖山(Mt. Athos)上,仍有長老們透過心禱,親身體驗了那連死亡也無法隔絕的愛和光芒。

李亮神父:
來自東正教會希臘阿陀斯聖山Gregoriou Monastery修院,
身為修士的屬靈父親(spiritual father)
並於修院中實踐心禱十多年。
來臺後,於各神學院教導東正教神學,靈修,希臘原文解經等課程。
其屬靈父親為已故希臘知名靈修導師 St. Porphyrios。

透過影集,我們將一步步引領各位,認識心禱,實踐心禱;
願您親自體會「神要擦去他們一切的眼淚;不再有死亡,也不再有悲哀、哭號、疼痛,因為­以前的事都過去了。」(啟21:4)

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台灣基督東正教會隸屬於普世宗主教聖統香港及東南亞教區,
主教為黎大略都主教,台灣由李亮神父牧養教友。

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台灣基督東正教會

The Orthodox Church in Taiwan

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如何愛「惡人」?How to Love a Bad Person? (東正教) – Video

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如何愛「惡人」?How to Love a Bad Person? (東正教)

首先,與那些被惡人深切傷害的受害者,一同哀哭。
然後,試著不要「恨」對方。
接著,試著理解對方之所以成為惡人的原因。
最後,意識到對方變成如此,我們都有責任。

也要記得,我們不是任何人的最後審判者。

但是,在我們談論稀有的、最高的「愛」之前,
在我們談論如何愛「惡人」之前,
先思想我們如何「關心」我們「身邊的人」,
關心我們的家人、朋友、妻子、孩子,
踏出最實際的第一步。

李亮神父講道摘要:http://theological.asia/?p=11986

教會官網 http://theological.asia/
愛的箴言 臉書專頁 http://www.facebook.com/prayforyou
YouTube 頻道 http://www.youtube.com/user/asianORTH…
聖禮儀現場直播 http://bambuser.com/channel/orthodox-…

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台灣基督東正教會隸屬於普世宗主教聖統香港及東南亞教區,
主教為黎大略都主教,台灣由李亮神父牧養教友。

李亮神父
來自東正教會靈修聖地阿陀斯聖山
(Mt. Athos, Gregoriou Monastery),
身為修士的屬靈父親(spiritual father),
於修院中實踐心禱,鑽研古希臘文聖經十多年。
來臺後於各神學院教導東正教神學、靈修、聖經希臘原文等課程,
其屬靈父親為已故希臘知名靈修導師St. Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia。

※尊重著作權,引用請註明網址連結。

Video: Πάσχα στο Hong Kong, 2013

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對於「屬靈父親」和「教父母(代父母)」兩個詞彙的誤解 – Spiritual father & God Father of Baptism ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese & English

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對於「屬靈父親」和「教父母(代父母)」兩個詞彙的誤解

Spiritual father & God Father of Baptism

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台灣基督東正教會 The Orthodox Church in Taiwan

在正教會,屬靈父親和教父母(代父母)的區別是非常明確的。但令人難過的是,某些正教徒,非華人,為了控制和利用人們,將這兩個詞混用,他們目的在於使教會變為國族主義,或佔人們的便宜。

為了華人朋友,我們來釐清「屬靈父親」和「教父母(代父母)」的差別。

屬靈父親是一位引導基督徒屬靈生命的人,這是非常神聖的使命。

並非任何人都可以成為屬靈父親。屬靈父親是神聖的職責,是由正教會賦予、指派給非常屬靈的人來擔任,好讓他可以聆聽、了解並引導基督徒活出教會的教導。

屬靈父親,是教會的制度(institution),多數是司祭,好讓他也能賜允基督徒教會的寬恕。他是男修院院長或女修院院長(但因為女修院院長不是司祭,因此她會建議屬靈子女請司祭行懺悔聖事)。

屬靈子女必須向他的屬靈父親(或指導者)敞開生命一切所有,不只是罪,也包括生活態度,所有事情,好讓屬靈指導者給予建議。就像現代人向醫生或心理學家敞開心靈和秘密,也必須同樣地對屬靈父親這麼做。

如果有人想有一個屬靈父親,他必須跟從屬靈父親的建議,並且必須信任屬靈父親。這是導向謙卑之路,並且開始敞開自己,再也不自我導向(自我中心)。

請司祭行懺悔聖事,和擁有一個屬靈父親是不同的。屬靈指引是聖靈的恩賜,是在教會內,也並非任何人都可成為屬靈父親,或屬靈子女。許多人因為有行懺悔聖事,就認為自己有屬靈父親,但並非如此,因為他們並不想聽取建議和指引。

當然,如果有人想成為修士,他首先必須找到一位屬靈父親並順服他。屬靈父親對屬靈子女負有極為重大的責任。我用「子女」一詞,而非士兵或僕人。因為屬靈父親才是真正的僕人,他「服事」並指引他人-雖然在內心他是屬靈父親。

屬靈父親尊重屬靈子女的人格,即使子女並不成熟,並不總是能了解這一點。屬靈父親試著找到方法,來幫助子女培養和增進馬太福音25:15所說的恩賜(才幹),這恩賜是神賜予這子女的。而最終子女會長大成人,如同以弗所書4:13所寫。

教父母(代父母)是教會的成員,他們實際上協助某人透過聖洗聖事進入教會,或透過婚姻聖事活出基督徒的生命。

教父母最好是夫妻,但如果情況不允許,單單一位男士或女士也是足夠的。教父母:
—幫助人進入基督正教會。
—正式地引介人們到教會(引介給司祭),並見證此人確實想領受聖洗或婚姻聖事。
—請求教會允許他們教導慕道者。地方教會的司祭指派CATHEHIST(較低階的司祭職份)來正確地教導

慕道者,最終由司祭來檢核將要領受聖洗者的信仰是否正確。

教父母在聖洗和婚姻聖事中代表基督徒社群。這是為何他們協助司祭並模仿司祭某些行動,例如為將領洗者塗抹聖油,配戴十架項鍊,交換王冠。但教父母是在靜默中做這些動作,而且是由司祭將聖油、十架項鍊、王冠等物品交給他們。

教父母成為教子的家人(因此教父母不能與教子結婚,教父母的親生子女也不能和教子結婚)。教父母在經濟上幫助教子,或以任何方式協助他們面對生活中的難題。

混淆教父母的職份和屬靈父親的職份是非常危險的。教父母不能成為教子的屬靈父親(除非他是司祭),不能向他人說明如何祈禱或什麼時候、多麼頻繁地領受聖體聖血…等等。

如果教父母這麼做,他是在創造假教會,假靈性。如果他不是引領他的教子到教會,他就是在分裂教會。我已經看見這種情況,人們因為國族主義,利用了不知情的、懷有良善態度的華人,並試圖在靈性上引導這些華人。對華人來說,要辨別揭露這樣的事是容易的,如果人們是在背地裡秘密地指導靈性生活,沒有經過地方教會司祭的允許。這些人就是耶穌在馬太福音書23:15所說的「你們這假冒為善的文士和法利賽人有禍了!因為你們走遍洋海陸地,勾引一個人入教,既入了教,卻使他作地獄之子,比你們還加倍」。

In the orthodox church, it is very clear the difference between the spiritual father and the god-parents. but sadly , some orthodox , (not from Chinese origin), they use the above words with a confusing way , in order to CONTROL people and to USE them , for their own purposes, which can be, to make the church nationalistic or to take advantage of them.

So we make clear for our Chinese people the words “spiritual father” and “god father mother” or “god parents”

-“spiritual father” is the person who has the very holy mission to provide guidance to a christian to the spiritual life.

it cannot be everybody. it is a HOLY JOB THAT THE CHURCH GIVES, appoints , to a very spiritual person so that he can listen, understand and guide the christian to live as the church teaches.

the spiritual father , is an institution ( 機構 ) of the church, and mostly a priest so that he can also grand the forgiveness of the church to the christian. He is the abbot or the abbess of a monastery (but the abbess , because she is not priest, she will advice her spiritual child to confess to a priest)

The spiritual child must open ALL his/her life to the spiritual father (or director) . not only the sins , but the attitudes for the life , everything , so that the spiritual director will give him/her a good advice. as today the people open their hearts and secrets to the doctor or the psychologist , by the same way must do to the spiritual father.

if somebody wants to have a spiritual father , he must follow his advice, and he must trust him. this is the way to be humble and to start opening himself , not be self oriented any more.

it is different to confess, and different to have a spiritual father.

the spiritual guidance is a gift of the holy spirit , INSIDE THE CHURCH, and it is not for anybody to become spiritual father , or spiritual child. many people because they confess they think that they have spiritual father , but not really. because they do not want to take advice and guidance.

of course, if somebody wants to become a monk, he must first find a spiritual father and obey to him.

The spiritual father has very great responsibility for his child. i write “child” and not solder or servant. because the real servant -but inside his heart is the spiritual father, who “serves” and guides the other.

the spiritual father respects , -even the child is not mature always to understand this- the personality , of his spiritual child. he tries to find ways to help him how to cultivate and increase the TALENTS Matt. 25:15 that god gave to this child.

-and finally the child will grow up Eph. 4:13 and he can help others, as the church will appoint him.

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-god parents are the members of the church who help practically somebody to ENTER to the church, by the baptism or to live the christian life by the Marriage.

it is better to be a couple , but if this is not easy, one man or woman is enough . the God parents:

-HELP the person to enter to the christian church

-Introduce him/her to the church officially (to the priest) and they give witness that he/she really wants to be baptized or married.

-ask of the church to TEACH them. the church , the local priest appoints the CATHEHIST , (which a lower degree of priesthood) to teach correctly, and finally the priest teaches and examines the correct faith of the person to be baptized .

-the godparents represent the christian community during the service of baptism and marriage. this is why they help the priest and imitate some movements of the priest, like to put oil on the person to be baptized, give him cross , exchange the crowns, BUT THEY DO IT SILENTLY and the priest gives them the things, (crowns oil, cross)

– the godparents become family with the god-children (so they cannot marry their god children, neither their kids can be married each other). they help them economically or by any other way to face the difficulties of life.

it is very dangerous to CONFUSE THE GOD-PARENTSHIP with the spiritual fatherhood.

the god parent CAN NOT BE SPIRITUAL FATHER (exceptt he is priest) CAN NOT SAY TO OTHER HOW TO PRAY OR WHEN AND HOW OFTEN TO RECEIVE THE HOLY COMMUNION etc….

if he does this, he creates a false church, a fake spirituality. if he does not leads his child to the church, he splits the church.

i have seen this, people who for nationalistic reasons take advantage of the good attitude of the Chinese (who, of course, do not know those things) and try to guide them spiritually. it is easy for Chinese to reveal them, to understand their game, if they see that they do that secretly of the local church and the appointed priest. for those is what Jesus said.

Matt. 23:15 「你們這假冒為善的文士和法利賽人有禍了!因為你們走遍海洋陸地, 說服一個人入教, 既入了教, 卻使他成為比你們加倍壞的地獄之子。

聖經講道:十架上的愛 Love on the Cross

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聖經講道:十架上的愛 – Love on the Cross

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沒有愛是不背負十架的;

因為愛就是淨空自己,將他人放到自己的生命中。

主日經文:

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請看我親手寫給你們的字是何等的大呢凡希圖外貌體面的人都勉強你們受割禮無非是怕自己為基督的十字架受逼迫。他們那些受割禮的,連自己也不守律法;他們願意你們受割禮,不過要藉著你們的肉體誇口。但我斷不以別的誇口,只誇我們主耶穌基督的十字架;因這十字架,就我而論,世界已經釘在十字架上;就世界而論,我已經釘在十字架上。受割禮不受割禮都無關緊要,要緊的就是作新造的人。凡照此理而行的,願平安、憐憫加給他們,和神的以色列民。從今以後,人都不要攪擾我,因為我身上帶著耶穌的印記。弟兄們,願我主耶穌基督的恩常在你們心裡。阿們!

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耶稣基督被钉十字架 – The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

約翰福音3: 13-17

除了從天降下、仍舊在天的人子,沒有人升過天。摩西在曠野怎樣舉蛇,人子也必照樣被舉起來,叫一切信他的都得永生(或作:叫一切信的人在他裡面得永生)。神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的,不致滅亡,反得永生。因為神差他的兒子降世,不是要定世人的罪(或作:審判世人;下同),乃是要叫世人因他得救。

李亮神父講道:

今天的經文是最重要的福音經文之一:「神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的,不致滅亡,反得永生。」這是最大的奧秘,也是最矛盾的事,對許多人來說,難以理解。當哲學家問神:「你為什麼要這麼做呢?」他是得不到答案的。

神為什麼要愛我們呢?甚至將祂的獨生子賜給我們呢?我們不良善,我們不配得,神甚至無法在我們身上找到任何良善。祂這麼做,既不是因為祂需要我們,也不是因為祂毫無選擇,被迫一定要用這樣的方式寬恕我們的罪過,因為祂只需要一句話,就能赦免我們的罪。

這就是最大的奧秘。根據哲學家柏拉圖,你無法愛某個不美善的人事物,美善是吸引愛的法則。如果你愛上某個醜惡的對象,根據這樣的哲學觀,是很糟一件事。因此,如果魔鬼質問神:「你為什麼要愛人類呢?他們是如此邪惡!」,神無法回答。但是神卻以最深奧的行動,代替了言語的回答。

神賜給我們祂的獨生子,而不是任何其他事物。請想像如果要在座的各位將自己的孩子帶到教會來,並且犧牲孩子的生命?祂所賜的,是祂以至高的愛,所鍾愛的獨生子。這是最深刻、最強烈、最難以置信和無法解釋的愛。這也是為何我今天要用希臘原文來讀這段福音,因為「賜給」的希臘原文有特殊涵義。

神這麼做,為了讓每個願意相信祂的人得到永生,祂尊重人的自由,不強迫任何人相信祂。但相信祂的,將與基督合一,並因此與天父合一。這就是聖詩所頌讚的創世之前的奧秘。聖父成為關係性的,成為共融的(communion),祂不是孤單的,祂「生」聖子。也不只是一對一的關係,因為還有聖靈,成為完美的聖三一。

這終極的愛,持續至今。因為聖父持續不斷地賜予祂的的聖子。基督的聖體和聖血,為了我們如此謙卑地成為餅和酒,成為我們的食物。這就是無條件的愛,這才是真正的愛。真正的生命,並非心臟的跳動,而是共融,與神合一;並藉著與基督的合一,得以和眾人合一。

這也是為何基督說:「人若遵守我的道,就永遠不嘗死味。」(約翰福音8:52)。現在祂並沒有讓我們擁有肉體上的不死,因為祂尊重我們的自由。試想,如果人們因為信神就得以肉體不死,有多少人會為了這不死的肉體,假裝他們相信神呢?但真正信神的人,是超越死亡的,因為對他來說,死亡只是「睡著」。他與神的關係,與基督的合一,永遠不被隔絕。這也是為何我們在教會中,並不刻意區分生者和亡者,我們將代表生者和亡者的麵餅屑,一起投入聖杯中;因為離世的親友,在聖禮儀中,也與我們同在。

神的愛是最重要的,祂也向我們顯明什麼是真正的愛。神淨空自己,成了祂所不是的,成了卑下的人類。神取了人的本質,人的本質(nature)並非有罪的,而是人的態度(本質中的一部份),使人有罪。但基督不是從男人所生,而是從聖靈和聖母馬利亞所生,因此基督是唯一無罪的。

真正的愛,是神。這愛,是十字架的愛。沒有愛是不背負十架的。因為愛就是淨空自己,將他人放到自己的生命中。神淨空自己,取了我們有罪的、腐敗的人性,卻不求任何回報,祂也不需要我們的回報。因此,真正的愛,是十架的愛,是淨空自己,讓他人進入你的生命中。

你會問:「難道沒有其他的方式嗎?我不能要其他人來愛我,照著我想要的方式來愛我嗎?」不,沒有其他的方式。如果我們不能淨空自己,不能讓其他人進入自己的生命,我們將永遠活在孤單之中,這樣的孤單,就是地獄。

罪,其實就是愛的扭曲,愛的變形。罪,就是我想要對方,但我要對方成為我想要的樣子,我要對方按照我想要的方式來對待我。這並非神愛我們的方式。神愛我們,如我們之所是。神甚至繼續愛著魔鬼,事實上,如果神有一天不再愛魔鬼,魔鬼還會覺得好過一些。因為魔鬼會感到自己被懲罰了,已經付出代價了,所以不再需要承受神的愛了。但如同許多教父,包括St. Issac of Syria所說的,無條件的愛,對魔鬼來說,就是地獄。神無條件地、不求回報地愛,但魔鬼完完全全拒絕了。

所有愛的根基,都是神的愛。人類生病了,這疾病是什麼呢?就是孤立的個體性(individuality)。在自我封閉的世界中,要求別人以自己想要的方式來愛我。這是錯誤的。任何愛的關係,如果不根基於神自我犧牲的愛,這關係將會失敗。

任何愛的關係,如果不根基於神的愛,將會扎根在其他的事物上。這也是為何今天的使徒書信中,保羅提到:「他們那些受割禮的,連自己也不守律法;他們願意你們受割禮,不過要藉著你們的肉體誇口」,這些人的目的在於利用基督徒實現自已國族主義的野心,並且使得「成為基督徒」不再是扎根於十架上的愛。

使徒保羅又說:「從今以後,人都不要攪擾我,因為我身上帶著耶穌的印記」,這印記是什麼呢?就是受苦的印記,為了神的愛而受苦的印記,為了愛他人而受苦的印記。真正的十字架不是戴在頸上的項鍊。保羅為主受苦,這就是他的印記,今日世界各地也有許多基督徒正為了信仰而受迫害殘殺,這就是他們的印記。也有那看不見的,不是肉體上,而是心靈和靈魂上的傷痕和印記,來自於我們誠實,卻被我們最深愛的人背叛;來自於我們行善,卻被回報以最惡劣的對待。我們雖然沒有遭受身體上的迫害,卻必須擔起那來自我們的另一半、我們的親人、朋友、同事、鄰人……加於我們的十字架。

耶穌在復活之後,身上仍帶著釘痕。祂帶著十架的釘痕,和被長槍刺穿的傷痕而升天,為的是向聖父顯明祂如何地愛著世人。我們也能夠如此向神表達自己究竟多麼愛祂,如果我們不再譴責和控訴:「神啊!你看,他們是多麼惡劣,竟然這樣傷害我!」而是心甘情願地說:「主啊,為了愛祢,我承擔了來自這些人的傷痕和重擔,我知道這些人做了什麼,但我仍然愛他們,甚至比以往更愛他們」。

今生來生,沒有任何力量,比愛更強大;沒有任何事,比愛更危險:「愛情是…上主的火焰」(雅歌8:14,思高譯本)。將自己完全獻給愛的,卻可能遭受棄如敝屣的對待,但這就是神愛我們的方式,這就是真愛,這樣的愛可以改變世界;這樣的愛,能使一個原本不懂愛的人,逐漸也能夠去愛。這樣的愛能夠使人得救,因為當一個人能夠去愛,就是救恩。懷有神的愛,並與神合一,就是救恩。如果神敞開自己,將獨生子給了我們,我們也應該敞開自己,為他人奉獻。這會帶來危險的死亡,但死亡之後將有復活和真正的生命。如果不這麼做,我們雖然活著,卻已經死了。這無關選擇。

至少今天,試著想想,如何給予你自已?首先,是對那些你原本就有所虧欠的另一半、親友、同事、工作……等。至於愛教會,愛神,我不敢如此要求你們。因為如果人們不到教會來,參與最奧秘的聖事,參與全宇宙都頌讚的聖事—神成了餅和酒—並領受聖體聖血,這人又如何能愛教會呢?

結尾補充:

今天教會的于涓從美國返台,她獲得聖像畫的學位,成為聖像畫家和教師。在十幾小時的飛行後,一下飛機就直接趕到教會來,參加聖禮儀。她也發行了一本新書“The Life of Jesus by icons”,以視覺化的方式,介紹耶穌的一生,是傳福音的好方法,也更適合華人的心靈。感謝主,我們有了第一位華人世界的聖像畫家,如果有任何人想要邀請于涓授課,我們會感到十分榮幸,當然,這也是來自神的祝福。也請持續為于涓祈禱!

4.09.07 聖十字架節前一主日

東正教會簡介:

http://theological.asia/taiwan-orthodox/

来源:

http://theological.asia/

基督復活了 Christ is Risen

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基督復活了!

來吧,弟兄們及主的兒女,迎接從東正教聖地法那傳來這生生不息之火光,讓我們所有人一起榮耀“基督從死者中復活”。

基督上了十字架,對主的使徒們,情感上造成了嚴厲的考驗,因為基督在十字架上受難,讓使徒們對於主終將以權力戰勝一切的希望,得以傳開。他們看見拉撒路的復活,他們看見五餅二魚如何奇蹟般地餵飽五千人,外加上婦人及小孩。之後,他們看見耶穌基督以勝利之姿進入耶路撒冷,猶如為戰勝世俗權力拉開了序幕。其中兩人的母親甚且要求,在主取得權柄之後,讓她的兩個兒子分坐在主的兩側。然而因基督所受的極刑,這一切都如孩童的幻想般消失。

但是,就在這個禮拜的第一天(主日),持香膏的婦人們發現墳瑩空了,還聽到天使說,基督從死者中復活了。不多久,她們看見祂以不同狀態出現,無法再讓持香膏的婦人們碰觸。這個出乎意料的發展,讓接近基督的人不禁納悶,接下來將發生什麼事。然而她們並沒有立即得到答案,而是被告知以耐心與磨鍊靜候,直到她們獲得從上而來的力量。她們謹守命令,一直等到五旬節,聖靈完全臨到她們,揭示了新的使命。這個使命並非要使受奴役禁錮的民族解脫
,而是要讓所有受到邪惡所主宰奴役的人及邪惡本身得到解脫。這與她們所夢想的不同,而是另一個更巨大的使命。

這個不可思議的誡命,傳揚人將從死亡的奴役中獲得解救的消息,讓他們驚訝不已。儘管如此,他們熱情地承擔起,將消息傳遍各地,從死亡手中拯救了許多人,並且持續拯救。第一位從死者中復活的基督,給予我們復活與永生的恩賜,讓生命不再受制於墮落。因為復活之後,我們不再受俗世所驅使,而擁有了如上帝的天使般的靈性身體。

蒙受恩寵,我們已經初嚐復活的喜樂。雖然穿戴著屬世的皮囊,我們並沒有因為遠離上帝的愛,而嚐到死亡的本質。而是藉由基督的道成肉身,理解那即是不朽的生命,我們由會自然死亡的屬世身體,邁向更高階的屬靈生命。

因此,我們不僅預知,在遙遠的未來,會發生死者復活的事件。但在此刻,我們也參與其中,並且歡欣鼓舞地與Saint John Chrysostom一起大聲呼喊:死亡,你的針刺在哪?冥府,你的勝利又在哪?我們伴隨基督復活,經驗到時間的盡頭,也即是眼前的事實;而眼前的事實,也即是時間的盡頭。復活充滿了我們的生命,喜樂滿盈。正如使徒們說道主復活了時的感受一般。

我們延續使徒的工作,傳遞給世界復活的消息,也宣揚死亡無益於人生,所以不應在我們的生命中,佔有一席之地。至於那些藉由殺殘害同袍,追求改善社交生活的人,不願為世人奉獻。卻寧願服侍死亡,為自己被死亡所吞喫做準備。

如今,死亡與黑暗之鼓瘋狂敲打著,有些人認為排除異己讓自身受益值得頌揚
,他們大錯特錯。很不幸地,強者欺壓消滅弱者,支配著今日世俗權力頂端。控制世界的有權者,以為自己是這個世界的真正統治者。他們所展現出的殘暴及缺乏憐憫,往往讓我們震驚不已。

然而,基督,藉著在十字架上受難,翻轉了世俗權力的金字塔,並將祂的十字架插在塔頂之上。祂高坐其上,因為祂所受的苦難,超過了所有的人。世上沒有一個人所受苦難,像神-人基督所受到的苦難那樣多:“祂道成肉身而來,祂身處卑微,祂順服,即便是步上死亡,甚至在十字架上受難。因此父神所賜予祂之名,也在萬名之上。以基督之名,所有在天上的,在地上的,在地底的,都必屈身下跪。”(腓力比書2:8-11)

往往在人類的歷史中,我們目睹的普遍勢力,是闇黑的死亡,是不公義凌駕於公義之上,是敵意與嫉妒凌駕於愛之上,是人選擇邪惡的敵意凌駕於復活的光亮之上。儘管人類社會有著顯著的進步科技,大肆宣告人權與宗教自由,然而種族與宗教間的敵意卻普遍高漲,造成危險的緊張局勢,加劇了死亡、冥府與邪惡的統治勢力。遺憾地,人無法容忍異己。無法容忍與自己不同的族群,對政治、對宗教、或對社會所持有的不同看法與信仰。

雖然歷史已經證明,沒有上帝,就無法有真正地進步。如果沒有自由,也沒有一個社會能夠真正地往前,真正地幸福。只有依靠上帝,我們才能獲得真正的自由。二十世紀的歷史,不幸地證實了這個事實。人類經歷了源自中歐的慘狀,在第二次世界大戰及種族迫害中,造成了幾百萬人受害。在此同時,也飽受了所謂的前進勢力,以自由之名所種下的禍害,其犯下罪行之重大與殘暴,不下於來自中歐的暴行。因此,極權主義是人類遠離基督的產物,不能認清政黨及其自然的結局,而成就了毀滅與死亡。其上所述,再再證明了,倘若沒有上帝,任何追求自由的企圖,終將淪為悲劇。

對於統治黑暗的勢力,教會以復活基督的榮恩及力量來回應。祂將每一個人的苦難與疾病承攬自己身上。而透過祂的死而復生,所帶給世界的必然事實,死亡是該苦惱了。

復活與生命,是基督的恩賜與光亮,照亮了每一個人。讓我們榮耀這份恩賜,讓我們一起感謝賜予者。祂藉著肉身像一面鏡子在人世發光,祂將復活的光芒送給世界。讓我們迎接這生生不息之火光,讓我們欣然接受復活的恩賜,大聲從心底呼喊:

基督已經從死者中復活,他的死踐踏了死亡,那些在墓中的人,主給了生命。
歡躍吧!萬邦之民同喜!

 

Press Release about the Schismatics in Taiwan – By Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia

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SCHISMATICS RETURN TO CHURCH

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Press Release about the Schismatics in Taiwan

By

Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia

After publishing the notice of excommunication imposed by the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia upon two schismatics who live in Taiwan, numerous messages were received from various people, who in a good-willing spirit wished to find out the facts of the matter.

Of course we are well aware of all the scurrilous comments that were published on various websites and social networking sites.

We cannot reply to abuse, since it is from people who not only do not know anything about what happened, but who also do not have an ecclesiastical ethos.

Here below are the actual facts, for anyone who wishes to know the truth.

It should be stated from the outset that this is not about a personal dispute; the aim of the Orthodox Metropolitanate is to safeguard the Orthodox faith, protect the Ecclesiastical order, and maintain the unity of the Church Body.

The two schismatics were for many years members of the Orthodox community in Taiwan, and benefited in many ways from the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong. The first person, who is a Canadian citizen, was helped in both spiritual and material ways, so that he could complete his studies in Taiwan. The Orthodox Metropolitanate helped him to pursue postgraduate studies in Greece. Unfortunately, without giving any explanation, he did not go to Greece in order to continue his studies, but he disappeared even from Taiwan. Many years later he appeared in Taiwan again, but now wearing the Orthodox cassock. The Orthodox Metropolitanate, as in accordance with the canons, asked him for his canonical permit from his Bishop. The fact that he did not want for a long time to produce this document, which he should have obtained from his Bishop, made a bad impression. As does the fact that to this day he has not revealed the name of the Bishop who ordained him. After much time and urging, he sent a letter to the Metropolitan of Hong Kong, signed by Bishop Iov of Kashira, Vicar of the Moscow Diocese, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in Canada, which clearly states that he grants permission to the new clergyman to continue his studies for one year in Taiwan (until 1 July 2013) and that he commends him to the spiritual jurisdiction of the Metropolitan of Hong Kong.

On the basis of this letter, the Metropolitan of Hong Kong gave him his blessing so that this clergyman from Canada could concelebrate with Fr Jonah, who is the vicar of the Orthodox Community in Taiwan.

Unfortunately, afterwards this Canadian cleric behaved strangely and badly, and wanted to form his own “parish”. He began to divide the congregation into “Greeks” and “Russians”. He began to spread the virus of ethno-phyletism. He cut off communication with the Metropolitan of Hong Kong, and while he has been at least twice in Hong Kong he avoided paying a visit to the canonical Metropolitan.

The Orthodox Metropolitanate knows who is protecting him, as well as all the bad things that he and his collaborators are doing in order to gather followers. We do not want to make any disclosures yet, so as not to scandalise the faithful.

What has been said about so-called different “ecclesiastical jurisdictions” and “mission” is completely untrue. In Taiwan there are no “parallel Orthodox jurisdictions”, and the cleric from Canada did not come to Taiwan as a missionary but in order to study.

If he himself and his supporters believe otherwise, they should explain why they have said so many lies to the Metropolitan of Hong Kong.

The second schismatic is a U.S. citizen. He was catechized in the Orthodox faith and was baptized by Fr Jonah, vicar of the Orthodox Community in Taiwan. The Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong secured scholarships for him so that he could study Orthodox theology at Holy Cross College in Boston. He then returned to Taiwan, but he was disappointed that the Metropolitan of Hong Kong did not want to use him for missionary work, for he did not consider him mature enough or ready for something so serious. At this point he decided to cut himself off from the Orthodox Church and to turn against his benefactors. Both cases are typical cases, which show how the passions of vanity and the love of money can do so much harm.

Finally, to those who speak of the presence of the Church of Russia in South East Asia and its supposed canonical rights, the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia states once again its unwavering and clear position that the presence of the Church of Russia in South East Asia is uncanonical and that any decision of the Synod of the Church of Russia concerning the Far East is considered invalid. At some future point, the Orthodox Metropolitanate will comment on the so-called historical arguments presented by the Church of Russia to support its uncanonical actions. As such, it will present the whole truth, and reveal all those things that the Church of Russia is trying to conceal with such mastery.

The Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia, faithful to its mission and the tradition that it received from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, will continue its missionary work, safeguarding the Orthodox faith and order, and praying for the repentance and return of those who, through their uncanonical actions, tear apart the robe of unity of the Body of Christ.

Hong Kong, July 5, 2013

Source:

http://theological.asia