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Religions 2017, 8(2), 25; doi:10.3390/rel8020025

Death and Dying in Orthodox Liturgy

Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, 1 Loyola Marymount University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Academic Editor: John A. Jillions
Received: 16 November 2016 / Revised: 30 January 2017 / Accepted: 8 February 2017 / Published: 15 February 2017
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The Orthodox Church is known for its liturgical aesthetics. The rich liturgical cycle consists of several liturgical offices celebrated throughout the year, complete with icons, chant, polyphony, and powerful ritual gestures. The Divine Liturgy is the external symbol of the typical Orthodox liturgy. The liturgical celebration profoundly shapes the inner and outer lives of the liturgical participants, as liturgy is a constant and repetitive rehearsal of dying and rising to new life. This article examines the most salient patterns and instances of dying and rising to new life in Orthodox liturgy and concludes with a reflection on how engaging this process might have a greater impact on the daily lives of Orthodox Christians today. View Full-Text
Keywords: Baptism; death; rising; Communion; repentance Baptism; death; rising; Communion; repentance
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