Eastern Orthodox/galatians


In the Orthodox church we have many feast days that involve particular religious practices. How is it that they are not in violation of St. Paul's rebuke to the Galatians in chapter 4:9-11?

The simple and straightforward answer to this is that Paul is referring to ceremonies and practices that are pagan in nature, i.e., occur w/out any recognition of the Divine but place man as the apex of the liturgy. These have no place in the Holy Orthodox community. Liturgies and devotions that follow the early community of worship of the one true God and are re-enactments of the actual sacrificial offering on Calvary are what Paul accepts as genuinely God-based.  

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Chrysostomos Robert Geis


I am academically and canonically qualified to answer all questions on ethics, ritual, and questions of philosophy as it regards Eastern Orthodoxy. I see that some questions answered here in the site on Eastern Orthodoxy are given a black and white tone. My approach is more [pastoral, which would acknowledge that the human situation does not always come in answers of black and white.


I am a Prelate Protosyncellus in the Eastern Church, and oversee a community of Priests in the Society of Saint Basil, an autocephalous congregation established and approved under Russian Orthodox Primate in the US in 1917.

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