Category Archives: Holy Name

Love is the meaning of glory

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Mother Julian of Norwich was shown that love was our Lord’s meaning; ‘I AM,’ love’s glory, the ground of all our beseeching (Revelation of Love ch. 86).  Like Dame Julian, desert wisdom questions the enduring meaning of being, searching out the hidden ground of uncreated, deifying grace.  Prophecy transmits the Name so that prayer may receive its gracious gifts, opening… Read more »

Wisdom, glory and a garden tomb.

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In pure prayer, God whispers in the hidden garden of the heart, ‘I am I AM, thy God, turn and see!’  Prayer in the garden discovers God is ‘I AM,’ revealing God to us.  My ‘me’ is not ‘I AM,’ usurping God at centre, because even when I become self-centred and fall from glory, God always actually remains ‘I AM’… Read more »

Unveiled Face of Wisdom: thrice-holy sevens of glory

God unveils his face of wisdom when he reveals the glory of his presence through his Name, the experience of glory to which prophets and apostles bear witness that should never be confused with visionary apparitions of psychic phenomena or sensual perceptions of objectified appearances (2 Cor 3:18).  Glory, being the uncreated energy of God, is not something that comes… Read more »

Name Hallowing : Kiddush ha-Shem

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Name hallowing, (kiddush ha-shem) ascribes glory to God through his Holy Name ‘I AM,’ in and through whom there arises all that there is.  God’s Kingdom comes when wisdom hallows the glory of God’s Name, wisdom always alight now in blessed union with glory forever present.  Glorification hallows God’s Name above all names, the Name of ‘He who is, who was and… Read more »

The humility of God

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Saint Sophrony of Essex taught that the reason Holy Orthodoxy calls humility a divine Name is because God is humility.  God’s Name is ‘I AM,’ humble awareness in communion with humble presence, the humble ‘I’ of wisdom in union with the humble ‘AM’ of presence.  God’s Name, ‘I AM,’ communicates God’s humility, curing pride, and does not therefore, like our hardened hearts, require… Read more »

The Cherubic Hymn

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The Cherubic Hymn lays aside all worldly care in order to restore glory to the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit, glory’s consummate completeness.  The Cherubicon also raises on high the anointed King of all, whose Name is ‘I AM,’ wisdom unveiling glory in the highest heaven as glory’s consummate completeness.  He who is, who was and who shall always… Read more »

Name as radiance of wisdom and resonance of glory

The Holy Name ‘I AM’ is an ineffable union of ‘I’ and ‘AM,’ wisdom’s active deifying awareness and glory’s receptive deifying presence inseparably conjoined as communion of their uncreated creative energies, radiant wisdom and resonant glory.  The Name saves by unveiling deifying awareness and glorifying presence.  Wisdom and glory are uncreated dynamic energies communicating the mysteries of turning or metanoia, seeing… Read more »

The Cross of unselfish love

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The wisdom of the Cross is the wisdom of unselfish love, which is the wisdom of the Holy Trinity unveiling purifying love, enlightening love through love and love’s God-centred glorification of God through God.  It is not only that love’s glory is revealed to be wisdom’s divine intent, but that the glory of love is also the way love is revealed through glorification.  The… Read more »

Body of formless light, rainbow body of glory

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The revelation of the Name unveils the body of uncreated, formless light, which is ineffable in as many different ways as there are divine names colouring its colourless luminosity as a rainbow body of glory.  ‘I AM’ is ineffable as formless radiance, so the body of light, too, is ineffable as a body of ineffable radiance.  But the Name above all names… Read more »

Wisdom of Emmaus

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The eucharistic wisdom of Emmaus is the wisdom of the burning heart, the wisdom of recognition that awakens hearts to the living flame of the unifying Name  (Luke 24: 13-35).  Recognition burns away impurity to purify the heart through the remembrance of God, which is not to be confused with conventional formal memory because it is God’s remembrance of God,… Read more »