How is Orthodoxy Right Ritual, community, and Icon?
In Orthodoxy, the community is the corporal mystical body of Christ. The lay people/community choose their Bishop, as opposed to the hierarchal system found in the Roman Catholic religion. By following the liturgy, the Orthodox religion believes they are following the right worship. They believe that the liturgical celebration is the recurrence and practice of the real events (the real last supper, crucifixion, resurrection, etc). They incorporate icons and pictures into their practice, because they believe that words do not suffice in order to explain the true meaning of a phrase. The veneration towards a certain idol is not veneration towards the painting, or the mediums used to create the depiction of the idol, but rather what they come to represent. The icons are used to remind us of God and his teachings. It also helps teach the faith. “We do not worship the matter, rather the creator of the matter,”