IF we love the world, following the Lord’s example we have to turn towards the church and not towards the world.
The Church is the kosmos, the order and beauty of the world. In it the whole world finds meaning and harmony. Outside it, it falls into chaos and ruin. Thus the way to show the greatest love for the world and give it a unique blessing is not by supporting it in a worldly manner, but through the extension of the Church to embrace all things, giving them life and joy.
The Church is God’s Christ Himself, the Kingdom of God which “is within us” (Luke 17:21,). It is heaven on earth. The Church’s aim is to remain on earth, and not to leave the world until such time as it can take the world with it, until it can make the world heaven.
“Hymn of Entry” (SVS Press, 1984) p. 46, by Archimandrite Vasileios, Abbot of the Iveron Monastery, Mount Athos.
CLOTHED as in purple and fine linen with the blood of your Martyrs throughout the world, your Church cries out to you through them, Christ God: Send down your pity on your people, grant peace to your commonwealth, and to our souls your great mercy.
THE holy Church ever shines with the contests of the shining Athletes of the Lord, and it honours and glorifies Christ, the Sun who blazed out from the Virgin and dimmed the darkness of deception.
Saturday Matins. Translation from Anastasis.