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p. 809. “We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth”locked

  • A. Edward Siecienski


‘“We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on Earth”’ describes the experience of Orthodox church services. From the moment they enter the church for the Divine Liturgy, believers should feel themselves transported beyond time and space to the eternal worship of God that takes place in heaven, where the angels forever sing praises to the Holy Trinity. Orthodox Christians do not gather to “witness” the liturgy, but instead are there to make Christ present among them by their active participation in the church’s worship. The key liturgies of the Orthodox Church are described along with the feast of Pascha—the centerpiece of the Orthodox liturgical year—and the “The Twelve Great Feasts.”

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