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A Note on the Music
The Liturgy is meant to be our Life and the Church’s Liturgy is the vivid and clear reflection of the new transfigured life that is granted to us in Christ. The Church’s teachings are inseparable from the Liturgy and all of Her teachings that the Church proclaims, such as the Creed, are revealed and confirmed through the Liturgy. The Church has not grown out of dogmatic formula nor even Holy Scripture, but primarily out of worshipping and experiencing the Living God.
The Church’s Liturgy is so important, St. John of Kronstadt even said, “If one was to put all things on one side of a scale, and the Divine Liturgy on the other, the scales would tip completely in favor of the Divine Liturgy.” He revealed the depth of this statement by explaining that “the Divine Liturgy is truly a heavenly service upon earth, during which God Himself, in a particular, immediate, and most close manner, is present and dwells with men, being Himself the invisible Celebrant of the service, offering and being offered. There is nothing upon earth holier, higher, grander, more solemn, more life-giving than the Liturgy…. When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai in the Old Testament, the Hebrew people were ordered to previously prepare and cleanse themselves. In the Divine Liturgy we have not a lesser event than God’s descent upon Mount Sinai, but a greater one: here before us is the very face of God the Lawgiver.”