And They All Cried Glory

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These words come from the Prophetic Words of Isaiah and describe the worship of all believers in the Heavenly places.  This is also one of the verses that influence the development of the worship in the Orthodox Church.  Orthodox believe that our worship mimics if you will, the worship that we will be engaged in when are in the presence of the Almighty.

Isaiah 6:3 “And one cried to another and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.”

This is the vision of Isaiah and the vision that all Orthodox worshippers should have during the services of the Church.  When Prince Vladimir of Kiev was in search of a Church for his people, he sent our emissaries to the various centers of the word.  When those who he had sent to the East returned they told stories of the worship being so beautiful that they could not determine if they were on earth or in heaven, this is the essence of Orthodox Worship.

The Church is like heaven and has an altar, a throne, smoke from incense and the believers singing Holy, Holy, Holy, the thrice holy hymn.


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