The Church as a Haven

“For every holy church is also a piece of heaven on earth. And whenever you are in a church, behold, you are already in heaven. When the world torments you with its hell, hasten into a church; enter it, and behold, you have entered paradise. If people persecute you with their evil, take refuge in church, fall down before God, and He will take you under His gentle and almighty protection. Should it happen that entire legions of demons attack you, flee into church – among the angels; for a church is always full of angels, and the angels of God will defend you from all the demons of this world.” (Archimandrite Justin Popovich in The Struggle for Faith and other writings of Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich and Archimandrite Justin Popovich, pg. 86)