“In the Holy Spirit the cosmos is resurrected and grows with the birth pangs of the kingdom”

Without the Holy Spirit
God is far away,
Christ stays in the past,
the Gospel is a dead letter,
the Church is simply an organization,
authority a matter of domination,
mission a matter of propaganda,
the Liturgy no more than an evocation,
Christian living a slave morality.

But in the Holy Spirit
the cosmos is resurrected and
grows with the birth pangs of the kingdom,
the Risen Christ is there,
the Gospel is the power of life,
the Church shows forth the life of the Trinity,
authority is a liberating service,
mission a Pentecost,
the Liturgy both memorial and anticipation,
human action is deified.

Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch

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One Response to “In the Holy Spirit the cosmos is resurrected and grows with the birth pangs of the kingdom”

  1. Mary K Firnberg Berry says:

    Grateful for the Antiochian Orthodox Church for telling us again of the work of the Holy Spirit.

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