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“What is holiness? Freedom from every sin and the fulness of every virtue. This freedom from sin and this virtuous life are only attained by a few zealous persons, and that not suddenly, but gradually, by prolonged and manifold sorrows, sicknesses, and labors, by fasting, vigilance, prayer, and that not by their own strength, but by the grace of Christ.” (St. John of Krondstat) “The Lord never withdraws His demand for holiness of life. Thus He purifies the building dedicated to His worship by driving out the money changers. Later, He makes a perfect offering of Himself for the sins of all mankind. He eliminates forever the blood-sacrifice of animals, for His Passion and Resurrection open the gates of heaven to all who truly repent, uniting themselves to Him and striving always to walk in His ways.” (Dynamis 4/24/2020) "We are the temples where He dwells, Christ teaches us, and so we must work to build those temples into places fit for Him. It is a work that we will never complete on earth, and the very acknowledgement of this serves to maintain our sense of purpose and motivation. We toil inwardly for Him, that we may draw closer to Him, that we may know Him in ways that are only revealed to those who strive for holiness." (Father Spyridon Baily) “…it is possible to be “good” but not “right” or holy. In other words, “good” is not the same as holy. So much that is taken for goodness in the world falls dreadfully short of the goodness the church ascribes to God and to the lives of saints. One must be “right” about God and “right” in relation to God to be truly good and genuinely holy.” (Vigen Guroian) “Unlike our contemporary situational ethics, the Church’s tradition places all human activity in the context of the absolute holiness, purity, and righteousness of God. Divine wisdom exposes the limitation of human knowledge: “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Cor 1:20). With God, values are never relative: right is right and sin is wrong. God judges rightly and mercifully, quickly forgiving the penitent. As Saint Paul declares, God renders “eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness – indignation and wrath” (Rom 2:7-8).” (OCPM 3/23/2017)


“That Herod, with his wealth and soldiers, feared John, a man who lived in poverty and was clothed in camel's hair (Mark 1:6), is a testament both to the power of personal holiness and integrity...” (Orthodox Study Bible, Mark 6:20)

"Holiness is not the escape from ourselves but the discovery of God’s image within us… Holiness comes from our position in Christ, not from our own goodness " (Father Spyridon Baily, Foundation Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 1:2)

“Most of our lives are so caught up in the mundane that we don’t understand and experience God’s holiness as we should. There is little appreciation or understanding of the sacred “otherness” of God. We have too often reduced Him to only friend and advisor. We do so at our own peril; for it is that sacred “otherness” that brings us to our knees. That is where the relationship needs to begin.” (Foundation Study Bible, Isaiah 6:3)

“When you encounter someone’s holiness you know it and you also want it too. I spent some time at a monastery recently. Of the many things that made a lasting impression on me were the faces of the brothers. The holiness and peace on their faces was apparent. I found myself inspired by it and wanting to draw closer to Christ because of it.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Our mind struggles with what our flesh sees and what our Spirit-filled heart knows. The Holy Spirit illumines our hearts so that we may behold the holiness that exists.” (Dynamis 4/11/2018)

“Holiness means being totally devoted or dedicated to God, set aside for his special use and set apart from sin and its influence." (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Peter 1:14-16)

“Holiness means to be called out, to be marked, to be changed, to give your life to Christ and to live in Him…Today, if something is holy we imagine it has mystical qualities, but holy simply means set apart for a specific use.” (Father John Zeyack, Father Barnabas Powell)

“It’s important for us and our relationship with God to purposefully seek holiness by setting apart time and place solely for prayer in our homes…Designate A Prayer Space: Whether it is in the corner of your desk or a little stand in your room, it is important to have a place where you can put your Bible, Icons, etc. Dedicate the use of that space for God alone.” (Sacramental Living blog, St. Peter Orthodox Mission)

“One of the attributes of God is holiness. His holiness is reflected in His people and in physical objects that have been blessed by the Church for the use of His people in their journey toward Him. Therefore, reverence for these sacred objects and images is the manifestation of the relationship between us and God.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“The concept of sacred space is at the heart of all serious theology. Without sacred places, all space loses value. My recognition of the holiness of the altar area, a church building, a plot of ground, or a burial space is necessary to see the sacred in all of creation.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

“Holiness, as we have said other times as well, is the major purpose of human life on earth. This is the primary reason why we all exist and live…Holiness is a beautiful and sacred relationship. It is a relationship with God, the source of holiness itself, which sanctifies the human person and makes him into an image of meekness — into a divine person. There is no other holiness besides the one granted by God Himself to His faithful servants.” (Philokalia)

“Not an hour should pass without taking time to examine our heart...for holiness comes only to those who struggle…Love is the key to holiness, and it comes only to those who struggle.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“Holiness is not a discovery, and advantage, a private achievement, an individual success, a moral acquisition, or the attainment of some record in athletics or in some other

championship. Holiness is grace and a blessing from God; it is participation and communion and a fellowship with others.” (Philokalia)

“Sanctification is the ongoing process whereby the Holy Spirit works in believers, making their lives holy, separated from their old ways and to God in order to be more like Him.” (Foundation

Study Bible, 1 Peter 1:2)

“As a healing institution, the Church is a place for broken souls. We come before Christ as tarnished images, far from what God intended. Yet this very Creator God is patient and loving, quick to forgive. He invites us to holiness, to be made whole.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“Holiness is not an unattainable goal, but a necessary one that can be attained over a lifetime of struggle. The attainment of holiness must become the chief goal of each and every day, unto the end of our lives…A good step toward holiness is to practice being grateful for everything, demonstrating our gratitude to God for all that comes our way.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“There is nothing high-minded about Christian holiness. It is most at home in the slum, the street, the hospital ward: and the mysteries through which its gifts are distributed are themselves chosen from among the most homely realities of life. A little water, some fragments of bread, and a chalice of wine are enough to close the gap between two worlds; and give soul and senses a trembling contact with the Eternal Charity.” (Evelyn Underhill)

“Every Christian should find for himself the imperative and incentive to become holy. If you live without struggle and without hope of becoming holy, then you are Christians only in name and not in essence. But without holiness, no one shall see the Lord, that is to say they will not attain eternal blessedness...” (St. Philaret of Moscow)

"The acquisition of holiness is not the exclusive business of monks, as certain people think. People with families are also called to holiness, as are those in all kinds of professions, who live in the world, since the commandment about perfection and holiness is given not only to monks, but to all people.” (Hieromartyr Onuphry Gagaluk)

“We have an obligation to live lives of purity and holiness so that we can fulfill our calling to be living icons of God.” (Bishop Joseph)

“God calls us to holiness and offers Himself completely.” (Father John Zeyack)

“… it’s important to understand what the word Holy really means. The Hebrew word"qodesh” and the Greek word"hagios” (sometimes spelled"agios”) used in the Bible connote separate or set apart.” (Sacramental Living)

“To be holy is to be separate…Separation from the world involves more than keeping our distance from sinful practices; it means staying close to God.” (Life Application Bible, 2 Corinthians 6:17)

"Holiness is the goodness of God Who alone is good…. Holiness is manifested in people being renewed and transformed by the Holy Spirit, who seek to become holy as God is holy…”(Orthodox Study Bible, Glossary)

“If God is in every atom and molecule of everything, then holiness is everywhere, especially in those places and things that He has particularly blessed.” (Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick)


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