“We are surrounded by the Glory of God and yet we dont see it….” Following Liturgy Father Mark gives us all encouragement on our personal journey up the spiritual mountain to experience Christ in his full Glory.
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Today, as we celebrated the after-feast of the Transfiguration (the Apple Saviour / Яблочный Спас), it was satisfying to pick apples only half an hour before today’s Liturgy, with the morning dew still glistening on the leaves and fruit on the trees in the chaplaincy garden.
As the Hours and Liturgy progressed baskets and bowls of fruit multiplied on the table placed behind the stand bearing the festal and Kazan icons.
At the end of every Liturgy, during the singing of Psalm 33, we hear the words “O taste and see, the Lord is good.” The folk names of these feasts of the All-Merciful Saviour and the Transfiguration bear witness to this as we bless the gifts of God’s creation and receive them as a blessing from Heaven.Continue reading →
“Taking the disciples up, upon the lofty mountain before Thy crucifixion, O Lord, Thou wast transfigured before them, illumining them with effulgence of power, desiring both in Thy love for mankind and in Thine authority to show them the splendour of the resurrection, which do Thou vouchsafe unto us in peace, in that Thou art merciful and lovest mankind.”
It was – as always – a great joy to gather today for the Divine Liturgy, followed by the veneration of the Precious Cross and the blessing of honey.
Though yesterday was the feast of the Procession of the Life-Giving Cross and the All-Merciful Saviour, we were unable to have Liturgy, so we ‘caught up’ with August’s first feast of the Saviour at compline yesterday evening and today, after Liturgy.
This Saturday – the feast of the All-Merciful Saviour and the Procession of the Life-Giving Cross – marks the beginning of the Dormition Fast, but we start it with the first of August’s feasts of the Saviour, and the blessing of honey.
The great Romanian theologian Dumitru Stăniloae describes the characteristics of the saint, but these are spiritual characteristics to which we all must aspire, as baptism calls all to holiness: all to become saints.