The Divine Liturgy

“Strive to intensify your Faith, and during the Divine Liturgy be undistracted and attached to the celebration of the service so that you might be granted to behold the Majesties of God.”

Saint George Karslides

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“People… don’t see what takes place in Church during the Divine Liturgy. Once I was serving and I couldn’t make the Great Entrance because of what I saw. I suddenly felt someone pushing me by my shoulder and guiding me toward the Holy Prothesi. I thought it was the chanter. I turned around and saw a huge wing that the Archangel had laid on my shoulder, and that he was guiding me to make the Great Entrance. What amazing things take place in the Altar during the Divine Liturgy!”

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia

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“The Divine Liturgy is truly a Heavenly Service upon Earth, during which God Himself, in a particular, immediate, and most close manner, is present and dwells with men, being Himself the Invisible Celebrant of the Service, offering and being offered. There is nothing upon Earth Holier, higher, grander, more solemn, more Life-Giving than the Liturgy. The Temple, at this particular time, becomes an Earthly Heaven; those who Officiate represent Christ Himself, the Angels, the Cherubim, Seraphim and Apostles. The Liturgy is the continually repeated solemnization of God’s Love to mankind, and of His All-Powerful mediation for the Salvation of the whole world, and of every member separately: the marriage of the Lamb – the marriage of the King’s Son, in which the bride of the Son of God is – every faithful Soul; and the Giver of the bride – the Holy Spirit.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Do not sit during the Divine Liturgy. Your mind should not shoot here and there. As long as you are in the Church, make the commitment and dedicate the whole time to Prayer.”

Saint George Karslides

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“Do you not hear the Lord saying: Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I in their midst? Will He be absent, then, when so many people united in love are gathered together?”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“The Divine Liturgy is the way we know God and the way God knows us. Every Divine Liturgy is a Theophany. The Body of Christ appears. Every member of the Church is an Icon of the Kingdom of God. After the Divine Liturgy we must continue to Iconify the Kingdom of God, keeping His Commandments. The Glory of Christ is for Him to bear His fruit in every member.”

Saint Sophrony of Essex

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“There is nothing on Earth higher, greater of more Holy than the Divine Liturgy; nothing more solemn, nothing more Life-Giving.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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