There is no doubt that much can be said about the lives of these three great hierarchs of the Orthodox Church, but I would like to focus on one thing: to look more closely at the life of the families in which the holy hierarchs Basil, Gregory, and John were born and raised. What do we know about them?
A text message comes from his favorite clothing store informing that huge discounts are at hand and he feels he needs to renew his wardrobe. In a word, he has a whole lot of problems to solve promptly, preferably without headache and complications. And there is no getting away from it: he has to worry about his future, not least about tomorrow, all the time.
“In the Liturgy we hear the heartbeat of the Church.” As man cannot live without his heart, so the Church cannot be imagined without the Liturgy, because it is not without Christ. Believers commune of the Holy Body and Blood precisely during the Divine Liturgy, and the Church manifests itself in them, in the Holy Gifts. The Liturgy is the revelation of the Kingdom of God.
“We have a problem: our son is friends with a boy next door. His parents are totally worldly people—they don’t go to church, they watch television constantly, and their son plays computer games….” “But that’s the way most of us live in just such neighborhoods. What’s the problem?”