An Orthodox Concern

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Orthodox historians and theologians trace their tradition back to the apostolic faith of the early centuries of Christian history. This "living tradition" of apostolic Christianity, they hold, is preserved in the worship of today.

Contemporary Christians typically ask the same question at their first visit to an Orthodox church: why does the liturgy follow such a set structure or order? Their assumption is often that worship in the New Testament was spontaneous. In fact the "order" of...


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