We worship the Son together with the Father

LIGHT from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.

The Creed.

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An icon of the Hospitality of Abraham

An icon of the Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18). Orthodox tradition sees a connection between the three strangers who appeared to Abraham and the Holy Trinity, and also between Abraham's bread and the Eucharist.

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Orthodox teaching is that Jesus Christ is himself God, not simply a supremely good man, or a man furnished with divine grace beyond all others.

THE Son, to go by the mad ramblings of the heterodox, cannot be God by nature, as he is a creature and something made.

But in that case, someone might say, how shall we offer service with honour of equal weight, matching on the scales, to God and also to something that has been made, and not commit a sin in the process?

Or how could God enjoin such an action upon us, how could he urge us to worship the creation alongside the Creator, no less – even though Moses himself says: Thou shalt fall down before the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou worship?

It would seem to be excessively absurd to suppose that God the Father would want us to worship the creation.

On the contrary, he urges us to pay honour to the Son precisely as to himself.

He knows, of course, that he is God by nature, the true and genuine fruit of his substance.

How could the Son, so remote from that nature, be said to be genuine – if we agree that, since he has been made, the Father from whom he comes is far distant?

St Cyril of Alexandria. Treasury on the Trinity (MPG 75.549). This is my non-expert translation.

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The Beatitudes, with icons depicting Christ in scenes from his life and teachings.

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It is only because Christ is God himself that we may offer worship to Christ in every aspect of his life, and also call upon Mary as the one who gave birth to God the Word, as the Mother of God, the Theotokos.

BLESSED are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

We bring unto thee the prayer of the Thief, and we cry out to thee: Remember us, O Saviour, in thy Kingdom.

BLESSED are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

We bring unto thee the Cross, for pardon of offences, which thou acceptedst for our sake, O Lover of mankind.

BLESSED are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

We worship thy Burial and thy Rising, O Master, through which thou have redeemed the world from corruption, O Lover of mankind.

BLESSED are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

By thy Death, O Lord, hath death been swallowed up, and by thy Resurrection, O Saviour, hast thou saved the world.

BLESSED are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

They that slept in darkness, seeing thee the Light in the lowest depths of Hell, rose up again, O Christ.

REJOICE, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

When thou hadst arisen from the grave, going out to meet the Myrrhbearers thou commandedst them to tell your Disciples of your Rising.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

LET us all glorify the Father, let us worship the Son, and let us raise our hymns with faith the Holy Spirit.

Both now and forever, and to the ages of ages.

Theotokion.

HAIL, throne formed of fire! Hail, Bride without bridegroom! Hail, Virgin who barest God for mankind!

Sunday Matins, Tone 2. Original Greek at Analogion.

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