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By Nikolai Gogol

With a brand new topic and scriptural index, in addition to a brief summary on Nikolai Gogol as a non secular character, this reedited remark at the Divine Liturgy—the fundamental public worship carrier of the Orthodox Church—is as sensible because it is mystical. Gogol, essentially the most widespread Russian writers of the nineteenth century, attracts from the early Church Fathers and his personal adventure to provide an explanation for the elegant secret of the Orthodox divine providers. In doing so, he additionally offers a desirable inspect his personal non secular personality and profound liturgical spirituality.

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Then they go into the altar, reciting to themselves the Psalm: I shall go into Thy house; I shall worship toward Thy holy temple in fear of Thee. Ps 5:7 (DLJC p. 13)* Approaching the holy table itself, they turn towards the East and make three prostrations, and kiss the holy table and the Book of the Gospels lying on it as if it were the Lord Himself sitting on the throne. Then they put on their sacred vestments in order to be distinguished not only from others but even from themselves, so that there may be nothing in their appearance to remind people of men engaged in the everyday affairs of the world.

Meanwhile, this prayer is being recited: Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O Mighty One, in Thy comeliness and Thy beauty, and bend Thy bow, and proceed prosperously, and be king, because of truth and meekness and righteousness, and Thy right hand shall guide Thee wondrously, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Ps 45:3–5 (DLJC p. 19) Finally, the priest completes his vesting by putting on the phelonion, the uppermost vestment, covering all the others and symbolizing the all-embracing justice of God, and says: Thy priests, O Lord, shall be clothed with righteousness, and Thy saints with rejoicing shall rejoice, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

Gogol Notes Subject Index Scripture Index Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809–1852) INTRODUCTION The Divine Liturgy is the eternal repetition of the great act of love accomplished for us. Suffering from the ramifications of the fall, mankind cried out from all the ends of the earth to its Creator. Those living in the darkness of idolatry and without the knowledge of God heard that order and harmony could be restored only by Him Who had ordered the worlds He had created to move in unison. From everywhere, yearning creation cried out to its Creator.

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