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Excerpted from Lesson 2 of the Fall 2020 course "On the Divine Liturgy" by Fr. Peter Heers
https://www.orthodoxethos.com/on-the-divine-liturgy
"When we enter church, then, we are traversing the distance from earth to heaven. We pass beyond the stars, we leave the angels below us, and we rise up to the heights of the Holy Trinity. This is the mystery of our Church... The same mystery is enacted here, outside the space of the sanctuary. In front of us we see various images, above us are the lamps, each hanging next to the other. But that’s wrong. These too are a part of the mystery. We are not here. We are up there, together with the assemblies of the Saints, together with the ranks of the angels, with the six-winged Seraphim - whose swift movements teach us to hasten day and night to Christ - together with the cherubim of many eyes, so that our own eyes can become accustomed to seeing Christ. This is a sacrament. This is what a “Mystery” of the Church means." -Elder Aimilianos
https://www.orthodoxethos.com/post/we-are-not-here-we-are-up-there-with-the-saints
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