Orthodox Preaching as the Oral Icon of Christ by James Kenneth Hamrick
By James Kenneth Hamrick
In a relativistic postmodern age that's skeptical of propositional fact claims yet that's "wired" for pictures and tales, the enduring nature of Orthodox preaching deals a compelling resolution for successfully speaking the Gospel of Jesus Christ. even though preaching types have different broadly throughout historical past and cultures, it's Orthodox preaching, via advantage of its faithfulness to the sacred apostolic and patristic traditions, its necessary connection to the sacramental and liturgical lifetime of the Church, and its functioning in tandem with Orthodox spirituality which conveys itself as iconic. Orthodox Preaching because the Oral Icon of Christ addresses the present drawback of preaching in our age and methods the homiletical self-discipline from an iconological standpoint, revealing how Orthodox preaching sacramentally mediates the presences of the Risen Lord in the course of the meeting via crafty and imaginitive observe photos wherein lives are in my view touched and reworked. simply as Orthodox icons are understood to be "windows into heaven," so potent Orthodox preaching could be understood to move the listener into the area of the Holy the place lives could be interpreted and transfigured within the gentle of the Gospel and certainly within the very presence of Christ. ___ Father James okay. Hamrick is a clergyman within the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North the United States and at the moment serves because the founding pastor of St. John the Baptist challenge in Lewistown, Maryland. in the course of his 20 years of pastoral ministry, Father James has got various invites to evangelise and converse at numerous venues. His sermons are aired every one Sunday morning at the resource Christian Radio (AM 1450 and at www.wthu.org) the place he had formerly served as a founding member of the radio station's Board of administrators. Father James holds masters' levels from Holy Trinity Theological collage & Seminary and from the college of Balamand. he's a lifestyles member of the consideration Society of Phi Kappa Phi, a Knight of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, and a member of the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius in Oxford, England. Father James and his spouse, Pamela, stay in Thurmont, Maryland, and revel in visits from their 4 grown teenagers and younger granddaughters.
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(1) That Francis was once a fine looking guy, as urged by way of the author,was rarely the case. we've got modern pix of Francis exhibiting in a different way in addition to descriptions of his contemporaries corresponding to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back instructed by way of the writer, is uncertain. there is not any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, this sort of small city, it's going to were prohibitied except the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there isn't any list of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there isn't any indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct referring to Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As an issue of background, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. woman Poverty used to be simply that - a component of his mystical existence. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis was once nearly 30 while he switched over to the paranormal existence - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) definite, Francis did visit struggle. the writer says he used to be a "warrior. "
Such a be aware indicates a way of life that may infrequently painting the Francis of Assisi of old list. certain, he went to conflict yet we haven't any concept of what he did. He may have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not recognize. We do be aware of he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as pass at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted by way of a magical occasion for Francis. He became again and have become a knight of his Lord - the paranormal Christ who finally spoke to him at Daniano. used to be he then a "failed knight? " as advised by way of the writer. Francis concept differently. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of spiritual intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If whatever could be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he did not dwell as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to ensure a Freudian might come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis was once a medieval guy and probably inspiration as so much medieval Christians the idea of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century previous. Bernard acknowledged "to kill a Muslim isn't to dedicate homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan through the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being invaluable until eventually the Muslims permitted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by way of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this means, they went from city to city to elevate males, cash and fabric for the Crusades. Had it no longer been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
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The revelatory art of preaching, therefore, is not solely a human endeavor, but neither is the human quality of preaching swallowed up in the divine, as Florovsky explains, “There is no accommodation to human frailty. The point is rather that the human tongue does not lose its natural features to become a vehicle of divine revelation. If we want the divine word to ring clear, our tongue is not to leave off being human. What is human is not swept away by divine inspiration, it is only transfigured.
Among those faculty members, I especially wish to thank and acknowledge my first reader, the Very Rev. , and my second reader, the Very Rev. D. I also want to thank my friend and former mentor, the Rev. , Dean of Holy Trinity Theological College & Seminary, who led me to the doorsteps of Holy Orthodoxy; and His Grace Bishop Thomas Joseph who brought me safely home to the Church. Finally, in all things, I offer thanksgiving, praise, and glory to the Holy and Undivided Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, from Whom all life and blessings flow.
I will rather limit my examination of Orthodox preaching to preaching that is integral to the whole of the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church as possessing the possibility of being iconic, of communicating and sacramentally mediating the presence of Christ in the assembly of the faithful. This is not intended to minimize the value of evangelistic preaching within the mission fields, or catechetical preaching to those desiring to enter the Church, however Orthodox preaching presupposes an Orthodox faith as contextualized, vivified, and enfleshed by the Body of Christ, the Church lived out and made visible and manifest in liturgical and Eucharistic community.