Holy Eucharist is the greatest Mystery given to man in order to sanctify him and prepare him for eternal life said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine in his sermon during the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Venerable Agapit of the Caves in the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra on April 21, 2022, on Great Thursday of Holy Week.
“The greatest event that has happened today is the establishment of Holy Eucharist. This is the greatest Mystery that is given to man in order to sanctify him and prepare him for eternal life. During Holy Eucharist, the redeeming feat of the Savior is performed again and again. The Divine Body is offered, the Divine Blood is shed, and we partake of the Body and Blood of Christ and become able to contain eternal life and bliss. If a person does not partake of the Divine Body and Blood, he is not able to enter into eternal bliss, is not able to accept the gift of salvation, which the Lord has returned to every person,” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry pointed out.
He noted that the Holy Mysteries of Christ change and transform human nature and make us able to live forever in Heaven.
“But in order to take Holy Communion like the apostles, and not like Judas, a person must be honest and sincere before God, and seek not his own will, but fulfill the Divine will. Because the human will – sometimes very attractive and promising – always leads to destruction. And the Divine will can be bitter, difficult, unpleasant, but it always leads a person to life,” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry stressed.
The one who lives according to Divine laws and humbles himself, receives grace, which makes a person strong, and no evil can defeat him the Archpastor said.
“Let us pray, dear brothers and sisters, that the Lord will help us to humble ourselves, accept the difficulties that we encounter on the path of our life, and bless our land and people with peace. May we all in due time become partakers of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, to Whom be glory, honor and worship forever and ever!” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry concluded.
Fervent prayers for peace in Ukraine were offered during the divine service.
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