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'''Praxis''' is the customary use of knowledge or skills, distinct from theoretical knowledge. The term is used in Orthodox theology to refer to the practice of the faith, especially to worship.
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== Orthodox praxis ==
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Union with [[God]], to which Christians hold that [[Jesus Christ]] invited man, requires not just faith, but correct practice of faith. This is found in [[Holy Scripture]] in the following passages:([[I Corinthians|1 Cor]] [http://drbo.org/cgi-bin/d?b=drb&bk=53&ch=011&l=2 11:2], [[II Thessalonians|2 Thes]] [http://drbo.org/cgi-bin/d?b=drb&bk=60&ch=002&l=15 2:15]) and the [[Church Fathers]], and is linked with the term ''praxis'' in Orthodox [[theology]]. In the context of Orthodoxy, praxis is mentioned opposite theology, in the sense of theory and practice, and is a word that means, globally, all that Orthodox ''do''. Praxis is ''living'' Orthodoxy.
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Praxis is most strongly associated with [[worship]]. "Orthopraxis" is said to mean "right glory" or "right worship" [http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/default.aspx]; only correct (or proper) practice, particularly the correct worship, will give the correct glory to God, which is one of the primary purposes of [[liturgy]], the work of the people. Orthodox sources maintain that in the West, Christianity has been reduced "to intellectual, ethical or social categories," whereas (correct) worship is fundamentally important in our relationship to God, forming the faithful into the Body of Christ and providing the path to "true religious education" [http://www.sf.goarch.org/religioused/TheOrthodoxDifference.htm].  A "symbiosis of worship and work" is considered to be inherent in Orthodox ''praxis'' [http://www.syrianorthodoxarchdiocese.com/anagalpura.html].
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Fasting, another key part of the practice of the Christian faith, is mentioned as part of Orthodox praxis in connection with the Sermon on the Mount ([[Gospel of Matthew|Mt]] [http://drbo.org/cgi-bin/d?b=drb&bk=47&ch=006 6])and in comparison with the history and commemorations of [[Lent]]en fasts.
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Praxis also refers to proper religious etiquette.
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== Source ==
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* [[w:Praxis (Orthodox)|Praxis]]
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==External link==
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*[http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/default.aspx Living an Orthodox Life]
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*[http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/inchurch/etiquet.htm Some Things You Should Know while in Church]
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*[http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/what/e_Church-Behavior.htm Pious Behavior in Church]
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*[http://www.roca.org/OA/150/150e.htm On Bows and Prostrations]
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*[http://stmaryofegypt.org/devotion/howoneshouldpray.htm How One Should Pray in Church]
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[[Category:Spirituality]]
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[[Category:Liturgics]]
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