Theology and worship

Theology and worship

The spiritual affinity between the graduates of the School is not a matter of their names’ being recorded in the register books thereof, but rather of an existential nature. The in-Christ exercise of the students in the communal setting of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity and their daily participation in the religious worship creates the feeling of a brotherhood in Christ, whose sacrificial ministry of love in the Vineyard constitutes a life debt for the glory of God.

Worship plays a very important role in the lives of students within the School, with their direct participation in divine Liturgies and Eucharistic gatherings, either as cantors, celebrants or concelebrants.

A graduate of the School knows that Theology is not academic knowledge but existential experience, interpreted by Theology. He has discarded the blinkers of formalities and has learned to flee the trenches of prejudices and to converse in a spirit of love, humiliation and wisdom, with only one objective in mind, namely to contribute to the realization of the desire of the Lord “for all to be one.” The anguish of the Lord becomes his sensitive point with respect to the modern man and his problems. This is the specific spirit of the School, this is the spirit of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which dominates and shapes the moral and ecclesiastical ethos and tone of the graduate in any form of his ministry and witness in the world.

But that was cultivated and developed in the environment of religious worship in the context of which the real dimensions of the transformation of the human person are understood. Theology is not and cannot naturally be academic, because Theology is the life of the Church as a Eucharistic gathering.

This certainly does not mean that Theology is deprived of all the features that characterize and identify the scientific investigation of theological issues. Rather, from the establishment of the School to date, and after thirty-eight years, after the suspension of its operation, it continues its tradition by being a valuable theological presence and witness to the theological field through its alumni, as the HTSG Association.