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“For though mystery, paradox, and contradiction frame something as “unknowable,” they do so for the purpose of knowing. To know is not the equivalent of mastering facts. Knowledge, in the New Testament, is equated with salvation itself (Jn. 17:3). But what kind of knowing is itself salvific? In the simplest terms, it is knowledge as participation.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

"…theology [knowledge of God] is based on a life dedicated to the pursuit of prayer through personal participation in the ascetic, sacramental, and liturgical life of the Church. It is not based on discursive reasoning." (Archimandrite Sergius)

“Christianity is not just holding certain theories about God, it’s not a philosophical system only. Christianity is not a question of moral imitation, of keeping ethical rules. Christianity signifies a direct participation through grace in the life of God…It is not Christ’s “merit” that saves us, but rather our participation in Him.” (Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick)

“Participation in the life of the Church is a prerequisite for bearing fruit to Christ…Many Christians today approach their faith from an individualistic perspective. They view the Church as a convenience store where they can stop by and pick up inspiration.” (Dynamis 8/14/2014)

“Young people need to understand that conversion is a lifelong process, and liturgy facilitates that conversion. We need to help them grasp this liturgical asceticism, or metanoia (conversion), that is, the process by which a baptized person, through regular participation in liturgy, receives the necessary formation to order one’s life habitually such that one comes to know and experience God in one’s life.” (V. Rev. Fr. David J. Randolph)

“Worship, at its heart, is communion with God, a participation in the life of God through offering, thanksgiving, and grateful reception.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“The Church in every generation participates in the life and glory of the Trinity. Christians enjoy two kinds of unity: with God and with one another, the latter being rooted in the former.” (Orthodox Study Bible, John 17:20)

“...the unique and absolute goal of life in Christ is theosis, our union with God, so that man—through his participation in God’s uncreated energy—may become ‘by the Grace of God’ that which God is by nature (without beginning and without end). This is what ‘salvation’ means, in Christianity.” (Protopresbyter George Metallinos)

“By participating in the Sacraments, we grow closer to God and to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This process of deification, or theosis,…takes place not in isolation from others, but within the context of a believing community.” (Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald)

“...we know from our own experiences of repeating the church creeds, saying the Lord’s Prayer, or celebrating ordinances [sacraments] like baptism and the Lord’s Supper, that it is difficult to avoid merely going through the motions. We are often guilty of participating passively and mindlessly..." (Life Application Study Bible, Acts 7:8)

“St. Paul said we all must “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). But we need others to help us. This help comes through our relationship with Christ that is manifested through our participation in worship through Church and our relationships with others.” (Sacramental Living)

“The modern fascination with its own mind actually alienates us from what is real and true. We perceive knowledge as thinking – the Fathers perceived knowledge as participation. We know things through communion.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“St. Paul refers to the different energies of the Holy Spirit as different gifts of grace, stating that they are all energized by one and the same Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:11). The

'manifestation of the Spirit' (1 Corinthians 12:7) is given according to the measure of every man's faith through participation in a particular gift of grace. Thus every believer is receptive to the energy of the Spirit in a way that corresponds to his degree of faith and the state of his soul; and this energy grants him the capacity needed to carry out a particular commandment.” (St. Maximos the Confessor)

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