From Metropolitan Ephraim’s emailed file, "The Orthodox Veneration of the Name of God"
From: Met. Ephraim [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2012 8:26 PM
Subject: 2 attached articles
The following selection of passages is intended to show that the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Fathers and the Divine Services of the Church teach us that the Name of God (its inner significance and meaning and not its outward letters and sounds) is the divinely-revealed Truth about God Himself; just like all revelation of God about Himself, it is His uncreated operation, His power, His energy, His grace. According to the teaching of the Church, the Grace of God is God Himself (not His Essence, but His Energy). Hence, it is in this sense that St. John of Kronstadt’s famous saying "The Name of God is God Himself" should be understood, for it is in perfect harmony with the teaching of the Church.
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