An Orthodox Quote

The membership of the Church has become unable to understand that worship- as the expression, creation and fulfillment of the Church-places the Church before the face of the world, manifests her purpose in the world, the purpose of the people of God, set in the world, the purpose of the people of God, set in the world with a Gospel and a mission.  Having ceased to be the expression of the Church, worship has also ceased to be the expression of the Church in relation to the world.  It is no longer seen as the leaven which raises the loaf, as the love of God directed toward the world, as a  witness to the Kingdom of God, as the good news of salvation, as new life.  On the contrary, worship is experienced as a departure out of the world for a little while, as a “vent” or break in the earthly existence, opened up for the inlet of grace.

Alexander Schmemann in Introduction to Liturgical Theology

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