Tajemství Velikonoc v byzantském ritu prostřednictvím mysticko-teologické reflexe [The secret of Easter in the Byzantine rite by means of mystic-theological reflection]

  • Karel Sládek

Abstract

This article interprets the secret of Easter in the Byzantine rite by means of mystic-theological reflection, or by means of spiritual development of a person- ality as perceived in the Christian mystic tradition. The article is chronologi- cally structured according to the sequence of days of the liturgical period. The method is the application of the teaching of personal spiritual development by means of the path of conversion, purification, enlightenment and unification on individual days of celebrating the secret of Easter in the Byzantine rite. The gift of knowledge of the perfect agape love which is concluded in the Eucharist leads the man to the conversion and truthful self-knowledge. On Good Friday the worshipper meets the root of all evil and sin, the egoistic and idolatry self- love, confronts themself with treachery, renouncement and succumbing to evil. By Jesus Christ’s road to Calvary who assumes the consequences of the origi- nal sin, the man is internally purified and acquires the inner attitude of hum- bleness and confidence instead of the darkness and anxiety of the soul. The secret of Holy Saturday is Christ’s descending to pre-hell and His Annunciation which liberates from the hell of abandonment and despair in death. People waiting for salvation are enlightened by the announced God’s words; they can fearlessly bear the burden of disturbance to relationships and participate in the resurrection. Worshippers unified with Christ’s God-humanity participate with Easter joy and peace in the expiating force of Christ’s Resurrection. The new God-human life of Easter Sunday is thus opened which a Christian enters through the sacrament of Christening.
How to Cite
SLÁDEK, Karel. Tajemství Velikonoc v byzantském ritu prostřednictvím mysticko-teologické reflexe [The secret of Easter in the Byzantine rite by means of mystic-theological reflection]. Acta Universitatis Carolinae Theologica, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 29-40, june 2014. ISSN 2336-3398. Available at: <http://theologica.cz/index.php/theologica/article/view/36>. Date accessed: 22 oct. 2019.

Keywords

Easter mysetery; Byzantine rite; mystical theology; spiritual theology; Eucharist