August 4, 2013 - The Sacrament as a Therapeutic Medicine of the Community

August 4, 2013

The Sacrament as a Therapeutic Medicine of the Community

Fr. Lambros Kamperidis, Priest of the Church of Sts. Constantine and Helen Montrιal,Quιbec, Canada

“We have all come across these difficult questions in the ministration of our pastoral duties. If we are inspired by the authentic spirit of our ecclesiastical tradition it is never too late to assist those who are requesting our help to direct their efforts in the recovery of the healing power of the Sacraments. Instead of viewing the sacrament as a personal medicine of immortality, we must work to reorient their comprehension of the sacrament in its true expression as a communal therapeutic medicine that is offered to all those who are surrounding them with their nurturing love. In this way, by their integration in the close community through the sacrament, those who are departing from this life may realize that by their common membership to the Body of Christ, they, together with the caring community that surrounds them, find healing in this communal Cup from which flows abundantly Life eternal.”

From the book Therapeian Prosagontes (Θεραπείαν Προσάγοντες)