The Divine Liturgy sustains the world! And we are so unworthy of it! There are priests who live this awesome Mystery at every Divine Liturgy. A priest once told me something that a very simple and good priest had once confessed to him, “I have such a hard time during the consuming of the Holy Gifts at the end of the Divine Liturgy. My filthy tears fall into the chalice; I cannot contain them, and this makes me so upset.” And as he was speaking these words he was crying! So the other priest told him, “Please, Father, ask Christ to give some of those ‘filthy’ tears to me too.”

Elder Païsios Eznepidis of Mount Athos (1924-1994)

By the grace of God, and the prayers of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on their feast day, May 11, 2011.

His Beatitude Metropolitan JONAH performed the ordination.

Standing as an offering to Christ our God.

"The work of the priesthood is done on earth, but is ranked among heavenly ordinances. And this is only right, for no man, no angel, no archangel, no other created power, but the Comforter Himself ordained this succession, and persuaded men, while still remaining in the flesh, to represent the ministry of angels." - St John Chrysostom

Holy Communion

"Priesthood is given as a manifestation of God’s love for mankind." - Hieromonk Athanasios

A special thank you to Simon Scionka and Christopher Patton for taking the pictures.