The mercy of peace, the sacrifice of praise

JUDE, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

Jude 1-2

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An Orthodox bishop serving the Divine Liturgy

Every time the minister says “Peace be unto all”, he gives peace so that men might be reconciled not only among themselves, but also with God.

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THE people respond to the minister, “The mercy of peace, the sacrifice of praise.”

Jesus Christ himself confirms the word of the Prophet: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice,” which means that God, rather than another sacrifice, prefers and wants from people fellow-feeling and a loving attitude between them. …

St Isidore of Pelusium interprets the “the mercy of peace, the sacrifice of praise” with which the people reply as follows: he sees it not only as love and concord between men, but also as an inseparable union with God himself.

“Thou didst grant peace to us, that there may be concord among us; but grant unto us, that we may be one together with thee; having peace by the grace of the Holy Spirit, may we be inseparable from thy love”.

That is, every time the minister says “Peace be unto all”, and he says it many times during the course of the Divine Liturgy, he gives peace so that men might be reconciled not only among themselves, but also with God.

First with God, and then afterwards among themselves. Because, if we do not make our peace with God, we cannot have peace among ourselves.

Metropolitan Dionysius of Servia and Kozani, “The Divine Liturgy”. Source.

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“The Mercy of Peace”, by Maxim Berezovsky (1745-77)

Priest. Let us stand aright, let us stand with fear, let us attend, that we may make the Holy Offering in peace.
Choir. The mercy of peace, the sacrifice of praise.
Priest. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Choir. And with thy spirit.
Priest. Let us lift up our hearts.
Choir. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Priest. Let us give thanks unto the Lord.
Choir. It is meet and right to worship the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit: the Trinity, one in essence, and undivided.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth; Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: Hosanna in the highest, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Source.

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AT the prayers of the Mother of God, make peaceful the lives of us who cry to you: Merciful Lord, glory to you!

At Vespers on Monday Evening. Source.

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