Glory (religion)

Glory (from the Latin "gloria", "fame, renown") is used to denote the manifestation of God's presence in the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. The word is used to translate several Hebrew words, including the word "Hod" (הוד), as well as the Greek word "doxa" (δόξα). The root meaning of glory in the Hebrew is "weight" or "heaviness."

The theologian C. S. Lewis, in his essay The Weight of Glory, writes "Glory suggests two ideas to me, of which one seems wicked and the other ridiculous. Either glory means to me fame, or it means luminosity." [); similar in appearance to the body during life, but of a more refined and spiritualized nature (]

A similar vision is recorded in the Book of Revelation, where John, describing the risen Christ, writes, "His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength." []

The manifestation of glory (upon a saint for example) is often depicted in iconography using the religious symbol of a halo. Other common symbols of glory include white robes, crowns, jewels, gold, and stars. The Coronation of the Virgin is one of the commonest depictions of Mary in glory.

References

ee also

*Apotheosis
*Hod (Hebrew)
*Tabor Light

External links

Orthodox Christianity

* [http://www.oca.org/FS.NA-Document.asp?ID=83 The Glorification of Saints in the Orthodox Church] by Fr. Joseph Frawley
* [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/glorification_saints.htm The Glorification of Saints] by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky
* [http://www.roca.org/OA/14/14x.htm What Does Glorification Mean?] by Fr. Alexey Young
* [http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/searchresults.aspx?kw=theosis Eastern Orthodoxy and Theosis]

Protestantism

Receiving of Perfection

* http://www.abideinchrist.com/keys/sanctification-perfect.html
* http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/books/wws/salv17.htm

Receiving of the Resurrection Bodies

* http://www.1way2god.net/glorification.html


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