The Divine Liturgy in Scriptural Quotations

NO eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Cor 2:9)

He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, (2 Pet 1:4) marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory. (Eph 1:13-14)

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Cor 3:18)

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Cor 13:12)

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Ps 13[14]:1) I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God. (Job 19:25-26)

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 Jn 3:2)

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The Little Entrance, before the reading of the Gospel in the Divine Liturgy

“Stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thess 2:15) The Little Entrance, before the reading of the Gospel in the Divine Liturgy.

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SO then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. (2 Thess 2:15)

Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Thess 5:21) What you heard from the Apostles, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. (2 Tim 1:13) Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. (Eph 4:14)

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God, who came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (Jn 3:16)

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SEEK first his kingdom and his righteousness (Mt 6:33). Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, (1 Thess 5:17) saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. (Luke 18:13) Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 5:19-20)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess his name, (Heb 13:15) giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. (Col 1:12)

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HOW can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me? (Ps 115[116]:12)

You have no need of my goodness. (Ps 15[16]:2 LXX) We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty. (Lk 17:10) The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. (Ps 147:11) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Ps 50[51]:17)

He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ (1 Cor 11:25)

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. (Ps 115[116]:13)

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Celebrating the Orthodox Divine Liturgy, on the occasion when relics of St Seraphim of Sarov came to the Monastery of St Augustine of Hippo and St Seraphim in Trikorfo Fokidas, Greece

“I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” (Ps 116:13) Celebrating the Orthodox Divine Liturgy, on the occasion when relics of St Seraphim of Sarov came to the Monastery of St Augustine of Hippo and St Seraphim in Trikorfo Fokidas, Greece

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I LOOKED, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. (Apoc 7:9)

WHO may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? (Ps 23[24]:3) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Mt 7:21)

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. (1 Jn 3:23)

Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart. (Ps 23[24]:3-4) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Ps 51:10) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Mt 5:8)

First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (Mt 5:24) I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” — and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Ps 31[32]:5) I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O Lord. (Ps 25[26]:6) Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. (Ps 42[43]:4)

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Elder Ephrem, Abbot of the Vatopaidi monastery, affectionately greets a fellow monk

“And this is his command: to love one another as he commanded us.” (1 John 3:23) Elder Ephrem, Abbot of the Vatopaidi monastery, affectionately greets a fellow monk

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SUDDENLY the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come. (Mal 3:1)

Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in, (Ps 23[24]:9) a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek, (Ps 109[110]:4) a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven; (Heb 8:1) he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. (Heb 9:12)

For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. (Heb 9:24) Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Heb 7:25)

Lord, remember me when you come in your kingdom. (Lk 23:42)

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I PRAY to you, O Lord, in the time of your favour. (Ps 68[69]:13)

An angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. (Apoc 8:4)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. (Heb 12:1)

Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven. (Lam 3:41)

All my grandfather’s descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king? (2 Kgs [2 Sam] 19:28) So he said to them, … “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (Jn 16:23-24)

I POUR out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble. (Ps 141[142]:2) For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave. (Ps 87[88]:3) Do not be far from me, trouble is near and there is no one to help. (Ps 21[22]:11)

All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him. I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but did not find him. (Cant 3:1-2)

Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! (Lk 24:5-6) It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon. (Lk 24:34)

FOR you who revere my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. (Mal 4:2) Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down) or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart. (Rom 10:6-8)

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.” (Jn 6:51, 56)

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SOVEREIGN Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. (Lk 2:29-32)

For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47)

Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Ps 125[126]:2-3)

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him. (vv5-6)

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2 thoughts on “The Divine Liturgy in Scriptural Quotations

  1. Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. The ‘open heaven’ theme, the idea that at the Liturgy we quite literally stand in unseen heaven, is very much a favourite of mine, especially as a way of understanding both the Letter to the Hebrews and John’s Apocalypse.

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