Hierarchy and Order

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The Holy Three Hierarchs we celebrate today – St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom were great ascetics. “This means, dear brothers and sisters,” stated Bishop Maxim of Western America, “that out of their love for God they cleansed themselves and prepared themselves and then approached Him who most clean. We celebrate them at the Divine Liturgy as a community founded and established by the Lord to have its own hierarchical order. And that is what the world today opposes most of all – it doesn’t recognize the significance of hierarchy and order. St. Gregory the Theologian said that order holds the heavens and the earth and that it is not a human creation.”

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