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“Yet, and we know it already, it belongs to the essence of the liturgy, of its every rite and action, that they not only ‘symbolize’ something, but are both the revelation and the gift of that which they symbolize.” -Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Of Water and of Spirit
For some, the Liturgy of the Orthodox Church is at best a relic of the ancient world, foreign and mysterious, and at worst, irrelevant and empty. However, for those who have entered into it, Liturgy both symbolizes and reveals the kingdom of heaven. Even more, Liturgy grants the kingdom, that is communion with God, in the present moment. It transforms us into liturgical beings so that we are able to offer all of our life back to God, realizing the kingdom of Heaven in every moment, place, and circumstance.