The Liturgy

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth....And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God .... And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: " 'Behold, the dwelling of God is with men' " (Rev 21: 1-3).

     The vision of St. John, which concludes his writing about the divine revelations, reveals the life of the Church, which stands to the right of the Lamb, bedecked, as with gold and silver thread, with its liturgical services and ceremonies, with its sacred architecture, with its icons, incense, lights, readings, blessings, and processions—with all these things which manifest the Kingdom of Heaven among us.

 

     To live in the Church means to enter with all the saints into a dance company that unites earth to heaven, and which provides us with an experience of the glory of God, stripped of all subjectivism—as long as we have assimilated the rules which regulate this sacred dance and have learned the grammar of this polyphonic language of the liturgy, by means of which we are able to glorify the Holy Trinity in a proper way (ortho-doxy), and through which God comes to reveal himself to us.

© Mary Undoer of Knots Byzantine Catholic Shrine

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