Experiences During the Divine Liturgy
- The Church's sermon which is based on peace is perceived differently by people
who live in sin and corruption and therefore ask an external kind of peace
without fear, danger, famine, misfortune, disturbances, revolution, and wart
g with media chants such as: 'Make love not war.' They wish to live without God,
without the Church and its Mysteries, without the Gospel, without God's Laws.
They want peace without any rules and prohibitions. They want peace without any
ethical barriers. They want the peace of a consumer society as well as that of
material and sensual pleasures. They want a kind of peace that does not have the
pain of virtue. However, this kind of peace first and foremost is not acceptable
to God, furthermore, it is not the one that the faithful Christian asks for
during the Divine Liturgy, when the priest says 'for the peace from above... let
us pray to the Lord.'
Those who honestly believe and repent and also present all the guilt and sin
before Christ's feet on the Cross, before the spiritual father's stole, depart
confession in peace. In peace which 'passeth all understanding,' a peace that is
incomprehensible. It can neither be measured nor described.
Protopresbyter Stephanos K Anagnostopoulos, Experiences During the Divine