Our transformation into Christ
is realized with the grace of the Holy Spirit and with our own free choice. This
is the process of theosis, of our sanctification and growth in holiness. This is
the road that leads to our union with God. It is the integration of our life
The Apostle John writes, "Eternal
life is this: to know You the only True God, and Him whom You sent, Jesus Christ"
(Jn 17: 3). The supreme blessing of the human soul is that it can know God. The
supreme tragedy is that, distracted by the things of this world, it does not
often want to know Him, To know God is not just another kind of knowledge: it
is a matter of life or death; heaven or hell.
Grandma said that she heard the
incident of the gentleman who wished to travel to Chicago. He boarded a bus, and
after a long day's journey discovered that he was not in Chicago but New York
instead. He unfortunately had boarded the wrong bus.
There is a story
of a monk who knocked on the door of heaven asking to be admitted. A voice from
inside asked, "Who are you?"
Two processions are high points of our
Divine Liturgy. In the first, Christ enters into the midst of the community as
the priest gloriously carries the Book of the Gospels around the altar and into
the nave of the church. In the second procession, called the Great Entrance, the
priest carries the holy gifts of bread and wine to the holy altar.
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