St. Silouan the Athonite Mission Parish

Our Purpose

The Liturgy is celebrated by the whole body, not by the ministers alone. And this is why I have said more than once that no one should come and receive communion who has not been present from the beginning of the service - unless, of course a major impediment intervenes. Because otherwise he is not making the Liturgy. If someone arrives halfway through the Liturgy and claims to have communion, he is treating the Liturgy as though it were a restaurant in which various cooks are preparing the meal: he comes when he has time and claims his portion.

The laity includes the clergy.

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh


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