UNION WITH CHRIST IS GOOD
Orthodox Christians worldwide, who faithfully attend church, constitute the one Church of Jesus Christ, and are united in perfect union with Christ, as a rock, on the rock which is Christ, the main cornerstone of the Church, and against which the “gates of Hades will not prevail.” Orthodox are in union with Christ in the mystery of triune Baptism wherein we joyfully sing: “As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” They are in union with Christ’s death when immersed in baptism, and into His Resurrection when they arise from the water. Orthodox are in union with the Holy Spirit by being sealed and anointed with holy chrism with the words: “the seal of the gift of Holy Spirit.” We are in union with Christ in the mystery of Holy Communion, through His Body and Blood which we approach “with the fear of God, faith and love.” We are in union with Christ as a pupil to his Teacher, as a disciple to his master, and as bride to her Bridegroom. We are in union with the Father, having become through Christ, His own adopted sons and daughters, and though we are unworthy, we delight in union with such a gracious and merciful Father! We lack nothing and have more than everything, we are wealthy beyond all wealth, and our joy is beyond all possible joys!