Aren’t you chastened?

9 August 2021

You’re attending the Divine Liturgy and, even though the royal table is prepared, even though the Lamb of God is being sacrificed for you, even though the priest is striving for your salvation, you’re indifferent. At the moment when the seven-winged seraphim cover their faces in awe, and all the heavenly powers, as well as the priest, entreat God on your behalf, at the moment when the fire of the Holy Spirit descends from heaven and Christ’s blood flows from his spotless side in the sacred chalice, don’t you feel at all chastened by your conscience?

Saint John Chrysostom