The Orthodox Church: Mystery and Miracle

“O strange Orthodox Church, so poor and so weak…maintained as if by a miracle through so many vicissitudes and struggles; Church of contrasts, so traditional and yet at the same time so free, so archaic and yet so alive, so ritualistic and yet so personally mystical; Church where the Evangelical pearl of great price is preciously safeguarded – yet often between a layer of dust….Church which has so frequently proved incapable of action – yet which knows, as does no other, how to sing the joy of Pascha!” (Father Lev Gillet in The Inner Kingdom by Bishop Kallistos Ware, p 24)