The Fellowship of the Faithful and Our Witness to the World
It is not good that man should be alone. (Genesis 2:18)
We’ve come now to the end of the Divine Liturgy. We have received the bread of Life and the cup of Salvation. In the Litany of Thanksgiving, we thank God for his Gifts “asking that the whole day may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us commend ourselves and each other and all our life unto Christ our God.1 Note that in the prayer we do not ask these blessings only for ourselves, that we might be somehow privately blessed, but we ask them for one another as the fellowship of the Body of Christ. Being an Orthodox Christian is always a “we” proposition. We are never alone, and that is by God’s design.
The ‘whole day’ here is not simply the day on which the Liturgy is celebrated, but the eternal 8th day of the Kingdom of God. ↩