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Theological Terms and Concepts in Plain Language

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Jesus Crist knoking on the door     Sub-Deacon Raphael's favorite picture of Jesus Christ. It was with him through his life since he was 11 year old.

  


 
The Icon of Jesus Christ      Christ Pantocrator, detail of the Deesis mosaic.

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St. Maximus the Confessor     Maximus the Confessor (also known as Maximus the Theologian and Maximus of Constantinople) (c. 580 – 13 August 662) was a Christian monk, theologian, and scholar. In his early life, he was a civil servant, and an aide to the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius. However, he gave up this life in the political sphere to enter into the monastic life.
    Who is a monk? According to St. Maximus the Confessor, "the one who has renounced things such as women, wealth, and so forth, has made a monk of the outer man but not yet of the inner. The one who renounces the passionate representations of these things makes a monk of the inner man, that is, of the mind. Anyone can easily make a monk of the outer man if he really wishes to, but it is no small struggle to make a monk of the inner man. Whom, then, in this life is entirely freed from passionate representations and has been deemed worthy of pure and immaterial prayer, which is the sign of the inner monk". See, Maximus Confessor selected writings, Paulist Press, New York, copyright 1985. Pages 80 and 81.

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Stained glass at St John the Baptist       Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus' description of himself "I am the Good Shepherd" (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). .

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St. Augustine of Hippo     St. Augustine as depicted by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1480).

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St. Augustine of Hippo     St. Augustine as depicted by Simeon (c. 1993).

  Quote by Augustine,
"The law is not made for a righteous man, says the apostle. But it is one thing to be in the law, another under the law. Whoso is in the law, acteth according to the law; whoso is under the law, is acted upon according to the law: the one therefore is free, the other a slave. Again, the law, which is written and imposed upon the servant, is one thing; the law, which is mentally discerned by him who needed not its "letter", is another thing."
The Nicene and post-Nicene fathers, first series volume 8 exposition of the book of Psalms, page 1

  


 
St John Chrysostom icon     St. John Chrysostom as depicted by Simeon (c. 1987).

  


 
St John Chrysostom icon     Icon of Ss. Basil the Great (left) and John Chrysostom, authors of the two most frequently used Divine Liturgies, c. 1150 (mosaic in the Palatine Chapel, Palermo).

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Megaloschema      The Lesser Schema. A religious habit is a distinctive set of garments worn by members of a religious order. The monastic habit is the same throughout the Eastern Church (with certain slight regional variations), and it is the same for both monks and nuns. Each successive grade is given a portion of the habit, the full habit being worn only by those in the highest grade, known for that reason as the "Great Schema", or "Great Habit".

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St. Anthony of Egypt      St. Anthony of Egypt (coptic icon).

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