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February 2015

Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity ORTHODOXY AND THE PHENOMENON OF TIME It is from the unbearable grief of this vision of the unbridgeable chasm between what is and what has been lost, that we begin to know noetically, the lament of Adam. This is the beginning of understanding what it is to live as a fallen being in a fallen universe. This is to come face to face with the one and only catastrophe; of which all of the universe’s uncountable horrors are only facets. What, then, about time? To reflect upon the meaning and nature of time is to open the door onto God’s response to the catastrophe of the Fall. It is to begin a consideration of the oeconomia of salvation. Time, for the Orthodox, is bidirectional. Its center point is the moment of the Resurrection; and all that comes before is preparation for that moment, and can only be comprehended in the light of the Resurrection; and all that follows the Resurrection is the working-out of its consequences. And all the thoughts, movements, actions, and phenomena of all the beings and all the creation are players in this vast, foreknown (though not foreordained) economy of salvation. In the beginning of this essay, I spoke of Christmas as one of the bookends on an Orthodox reflection on time. So what of Christmas? What is its significance for the Orthodox? For us, theologically, it is principally about the Incarnation: the inconceivably compassionate entry of the ontologically Existing One into His own fallen creation—into its current of time and history, into its material and psychic substance—for the purpose of sanctifying it and restoring it to its primordial perfection. As the year approached its end, we Orthodox were observing the movement of time. We were waiting and preparing. While Western Christendom (and the post-Christian West), from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, spent itself on levity and celebration, we observed Advent, a season of fasting and introspection. Now, at New Year’s Day, in the heart of our Christmas Season, let us consider the function of time, its sanctity, the opportunity it provides us to avail ourselves of the salvific struggle. Let us not lose this chance. The Treasure Hunter “Don’t do it... without checking with me first” All chapters copyright © 2014 by author N. M., c/o St. George’s Church Milton Sawyer 252-722-6078 Cash Buyer Gold & Silver Jewelry & Coins Inquiries to St. George’s Orthodox Church, Edenton, NC. Telephone 482-2006 The AT reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media ......call Ken and learn how. Phone # : 252-331-5814 Turn of the Century Built in China Closet Located inside Coppersmith Antiques & Auction Co. 418 N. Hughes Blvd Elizabeth City, NC 27909 252-331-5814 8 Albemarle Tradewinds February 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

Question of the Month Do minimum wage hikes help or hurt? “DO’S AND DON’TS” OF CARRYING A CONCEALED HANDGUN 1. Your permit to carry a concealed handgun must be carried along with valid identification whenever the handgun is being carried concealed. 2. When approached or addressed by any officer, you must disclose the fact that you have a valid concealed handgun permit and inform the officer that you are in possession of a concealed handgun. You should not attempt to draw or display either your weapon or your permit for the officer unless and until he/she directs you to do so. Your hands are to be kept in plain view and you are not to make any sudden movements. 3. At the request of any law enforcement officer, you must display both the permit and valid identification. 4. You may not, with or without a permit, carry a concealed weapon while consuming alcohol or while alcohol or any substance, controlled or otherwise, is in your blood unless the substance was obtained legally and taken in therapeutically appropriate amounts. 5. You must notify the sheriff who issued your permit of any address change within thirty (30)days of the change of address. Part 2 next month Email your thoughts to br549@modernmedianow.com and we will publish the most interesting ones in our next issue! Last Month’s Question: What is the biggest problem our country faces today? The biggest problem our country faces is denial. We continue to ignore economic, societal, and moral problems and hope they go away. The problems will continue to fester until the American public faces them and takes action. We are being lulled to sleep by our politicians who pass laws without reading them, and a president who decides policy with the stroke of a pen and his phone. Ask any American about these things and they will just shrug their shoulders. Ask them about a deflated football and they can tell you everything about the subject. William - Dare County New 20’ Skiff Mahogany Hull Teak Deck 2 Stroke 80 Hp Yamaha Ask for Ron Hazelton $15,800 252-336-5528 facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds February 2015 9