joi, 10 martie 2011
Ieromonk Ghelasie Gheorghe: "The Mystical Living Experience of the LITURGY" (translation from Romanian by Alice Butnar)
Nothing will ever stop the LOVE LITURGY,
That is the HEART of IMMORTALITY,
And is thus HEART in Never-ending BEATING,
The LITURGY of LOVE is never ceasing.
LORD JESUS, Thy LOVE beats in my Heart,
And my Heart cannot ever stand still.
Unceasing Mystery LITURGY,
You, that in the CHALICE of my Heart become DIVINE EUCHARIST.
Lord JESUS, such a great GIFT Thou hast given us,
To be able to cleanse ourselves daily of our “sins”.
In THY Church where THOU dost LITURGISE.
Through this GIFT Thou dost Keep us Alive and Give us the HOLY COMMUNION.
How can I ever “live” deprived of this DIVINE SPRING...
LORD JESUS with all my Being I worship and Thank Thee.
LORD, Thou hast Created me from THY LOVE,
LORD, Thou hast Born me from Thy LITURGY,
Here I am kneeling and Giving Thanks before THY LOVE,
As the LITURGY of LOVE is in me as well unceasingly.
With piety and awe I come before the HOLY ALTAR,
From here Thy LOVE pours forth as a Gift unceasingly.
No one should come to the ALTAR “empty-handed”,
The LITURGY of LOVE is Full of GIFTS.
The LITURGY of LOVE is “complete” OFFERING,
As it is Full of GIFTS of Thanksgiving.
LORD, I myself bring as a GIFT the “PROSPHORON” of my Being.
Cut out from it the LAMB-the WORD,
The SACRIFICING AMNOS Who RISES the “earth”,
And lifts it up to Song and Light,
Take thus the AMNOS-the WORD out of the “mud”.
And do not be offended by my scanty Love,
Do not thus leave me without the LITURGY of THY LOVE.
My Being is a “SPARKLE from THY EMBODIED LOVE”
That thus “gave Birth” to me, a “Created Love”,
Love that I Offer Thee as a GIFT,
Of THY DIVINE GRACE let me also Partake.
Receive me LORD thus as a PROSPHORON,
Make from me also THY Serving LITURGY,
And from my PROSPHORON do RESURRECT the AMNOS,
The SACRIFICING LAMB THOU ever dost EMBODY.
For me thus also to Partake of THEE,
For me thus also to be LOVE-LITURGY.
I am “fallen” from LOVE for many sins
And lay thus in “abyss and death”,
Yet, JESUS LORD, Receive me as a PROSPHORON,
Cut out from it the LAMB, THY AMNOS,
And Make me also be THY LITURGY.
LORD JESUS, LOVE-LITURGISING,
The SPIRIT weeps in me when Thou art “missing”,
But thus ¬– receiving me as a PROSPHORON
In which Thou, SACRIFICING LAMB, Dost ever thus EMBODY
And through which I am RESURRECTED from my “death” ¬–
I shall receive again THY HOLY COMMUNION.
BREAD is the NAME of the Image of Life,
The “showing” of the Face of Life,
It is the NAME of the Image of Holy Communion,
It is the Mystery of LOVE-GIVING.
Two LOVES that meet in Sacred Speaking,
And thus become Holy Communion,
And thus become the LITURGISING BREAD-the LITURGISING LOVE.
And the WORD was made Body,
The BREAD with the Being in the WORD.
From Heaven the LIGHTS are Whispering “descending”,
They raise the Earth out of the “mud and night”,
They turn the Earth into the WHEAT of Sun Seeds,
HEAVEN and Earth are thus Entwined.
BREAD, Heaven and Earth are MEETING,
GOD and Creation in HOLY COMMUNION,
The BREAD that carries within the WORD,
The BREAD that holds in ITSELF the Earth,
The Holy BREAD, DIVINE LITURGISING.
Divine Lamb, the most Innocent Lamb,
The Earthly Lamb Embodying the Lamb Above,
O, the most Beautiful Lamb Ever Born,
THOU art the WORD that was made Body.
O, Holy LAMB with Eyes of such Divine Blue,
Why are Thy Eyes bruised thus all through?...
Why dost Thou Weep Tears mingled with Blood
Why on Thy Face there are Wounds, stained with red.
O, INFANT of Creation and LAMB for SACRIFICE,
O, Earth and Heaven that in LOVE harmonise,
O, Creation and GOD that together do LITURGISE …
O, Innocent INFANT-LAMB that wilt be SACRIFICED,
THOU dost THYSELF approach the CROSS where Thou wilt be Crucified,
THOU dost THYSELF Uncover the Chest where Thou wilt be stabbed,
O, SACRIFICE of LOVE, DIVINE JESUS LAMB.
O, Innocent LAMB Born from the Innocent EWE,
O, GOD Embodied on the Earth,
O, Mystery beyond words,
O, LOVE in DIVINE LITURGISING.
O, Mystery of the VIRGIN MOTHER, the very Mystery of Creation,
You Who GIVE BIRTH to PRIESTHOOD ¬– the Mystery of GOD’S Descent into Creation,
O, EMPRESS, You thus Become the LITURGISING of all PRIESTHOOD!
If it were not for You, MOTHER OF GOD,
The SON of GOD would not descend onto the Earth,
Only through You, Daughter-Ever VIRGIN of Creation
Is the DIVINE WORD thus MADE BODY.
There is the Love of Creation that Descends GOD from the Above,
The LOVE of the MOTHER of GOD Who EMBODIES the LORD JESUS,
The Love that also Lifts up Creation to the Above,
This LOVE is “still of the MOTHER of GOD”, and makes us “BROTHERS of JESUS”.
O, MOTHER of GOD-Church, Mystery beyond words,
Through You the DIVINE PRIESTHOOD can Serve the LITURGY,
Through You Creation can MEET GOD in Harmony.
O LORD, THOU Hast Created us from THY LOVE-GIVING,
And we all live from THIS HOLY COMMUNION,
That THOU dost ever OFFER through THY LITURGISING.
If ever “stopped” the LOVE LITURGY,
Then our Life of Creation “dead would be”.
Hence there is no Life without LOVE LITURGY,
There is no LIVING outside HOLY COMMUNION.
Nothing will ever stop the LOVE LITURGY
That is the HEART of IMMORTALITY,
And is thus HEART in Never-ending BEATING,
The LITURGY of LOVE is never ceasing.
If ever “stopped” the LITURGY,
All of a sudden “nothing would be”.
O, MOTHER of GOD, in You we put all our Being-ness,
Through You we BRING our GIFT thus to the ALTAR,
For the GREAT PRIEST CHRIST
We Believers “Give Birth” to You, Daughter-EVERVIRGIN,
And You are CHOSEN by the DIVINE SON
As EMPRESS-HIS MOTHER,
An IMAGE that makes You also be our Very MOTHER
Through You we become “Kin-Brothers” of the SON
Through You Our BODY becomes the BODY of CHRIST,
Where the SACRIFICE of FORGIVENESS and SALVATION HE doth LITURGISE.
Lord JESUS, I myself come to Thy SERVING of LITURGY
And Bring My Gift of Love to Thee,
With “sins of crucifixion” as many as could be…
In me the Sprout that keeps “returning” into Thee,
Opens again Thy Sufferance of Crucifixion,
Opens again the Selfsame Wounds, and Selfsame Blood
That Flows thus in my Being, Flows also in Thy BEING …
LOVE is the Unceasing LITURGISING,
In Endless Pouring Forth of Itself.
LOVE is in the RITUAL of DEVOTION,
It is in the EUCHARIST of the GIFTED WORD.
O, ALLHOLY SPIRIT, Thou art the ONE
Who dost LITURGISE,
In THY RITUAL THOU THYSELF dost SERVE,
Thou art also the DIVINE PRIESTHOOD,
With CHRIST’S PRIESTHOOD together Thou dost SERVE,
In the PRIESTHOOD of THY RITUAL CHRIST is Confirmed,
In the IMAGE of THY RITUAL the WORD does LITURGISE.
The IMAGE of the WORD is at the same time in the IMAGE of THY RITUAL,
Thou, ALLHOLY SPIRIT, art the DEPTH of GOD the FATHER.
The RITUAL is the LITURGICAL FLAME,
The Living Experience comes through the FLAME of the HOLY SPIRIT’S RITUAL.
In THY RITUAL, ALLHOLY SPIRIT,
All other images do stop,
BEFORE THEE everything stands still,
Only in THY IMAGE everything does Move and Fulfill,
Only in THY IMAGE the SACRIFICE of the LITURGY is SERVED.
ALLHOLY SPIRIT, DIVINE MAJESTY,
We Worship Thee, DIVINE EMPEROR.
Do not burn us with THY Consuming FLAME,
We Bid Thee, Bestow Thy BLESSING upon us,
To be worthy of CHRIST’S LITURGY,
To PARTAKE of the DIVINE EUCHARIST.
ALLHOLY SPIRIT, DIVINE MAJESTY,
SPIRIT of TRUTH, GOD EMPEROR,
THOU THYSELF DOST SERVE CHRIST’S LITURGY,
We Bid Thee make us also worthy,
In THY RITUAL to Liturgise the SACRIFICE of SALVATION,
Through THEE to Taste from the EUCHARIST of RESURRECTION.
EVERYTHING is WORD, RITUAL and BLESSING,
Everything is SACREDNESS, OFFERING and SINGING,
Everything is Pouring Forth of Absolute LOVE,
Everything is DIVINE LITURGISING.
A CERTAIN DIVINE WORD Creates our Soul,
A CERTAIN RITUAL of the HOLY SPIRIT Gives us Life,
A CERTAIN BLESSING gives BIRTH to us from THESE.
The Creation of Light is WORD in the RITUAL of the HOLY SPIRIT,
The Days of the Creation are the IMAGE of the DIVINE GRACE,
And everything is RITUAL in the Singing of the WORD.
Everything is in the FATHER’S BLESSING.
Each day of the Creation is “as Much as” a WORD and a RITUAL.
Each day is the GIFT of BLESSING,
Each day is “as much as” a LOVE LITURGY,
Therefore the Day is in the IMAGE of the Serving of LITURGY.
The LITURGY of LOVE cannot ever “stop”,
The WORD and RITUAL cannot stop LITURGISING,
The BLESSING cannot but OFFER ITSELF as HOLY COMMUNION.
O, if only you Knew with what LOVE the HOLY SPIRIT Gives us Life,
If you Knew that we Breathe due to the HOLY SPIRIT,
The Evening and the Morning are the RITUAL of the HOLY SPIRIT,
The DAY is also HIS RITUAL in Movement of Light,
Everything that lives is the BREATH of HIS RITUAL,
The RITUAL is also the LITURGISING of LOVE and GREATFULNESS
And without RITUAL every Move would “stop”.
Church Bells are Ringing, Calling us to GOD,
O Soul of mine do not be “deaf”, but rise and run to Him.
For in the Church the LORD JESUS HIMSELF is LITURGISING,
All Heavenly Hosts from ABOVE are Descending,
All Ranks of Saints are Singing the LITURGY of LOVE,
All Creation is Singing the OFFERING of HOLY COMMUNION.
The HOLY SPIRIT is Descending over the VIRGIN-Church,
The DOORS of Creation OPEN for GOD to COME IN,
The ALTAR DOORS OPEN for the Sons of the Church
To MEET their VERY CREATOR.
Soul of mine, OPEN your Doors, tarry no longer,
GOD is Descending into the World,
He Descends for you as well through HIS LITURGY.
O, GIFT beyond words,
How is it LORD, that Thou dost COME to us,
To TELL us the Unutterable DIVINE WORDS…
Through the DIVINE WORD everything was Made,
Everything is the WORD’S EMBODIMENT.
In the beginning there was the WORD that OFFERS ITSELF to us,
In ETERNITY there is the WORD that doth LITURGISE.
Soul of mine, LISTEN to the WORD that Created you,
WORSHIP the Word that to LIFE Called you.
It is the DIVINE WORD EVER within you,
Owing to Whom you can yourself SPEAK too.
Holy GOSPEL, the UNUTTERABLE WORDS can be HEARD from within YOU,
WORDS that Become in us the Spoken Tongues.
Heaven and Earth are YOUR WRITTEN LEAVES,
In our Souls BURNING Icon Lamps are THESE.
Heaven and Earth together LITURGISING,
Creation and GOD Face to Face each other do ENCOUNTER,
Angels and Men together Serving,
Everything in CHRIST is now MEETING.
Lord, Thou dost UTTER through THY WORD ITSELF,
And THY WORD can be HEARD “beyond” THYSELF,
And THY WORD transforms “This Beyond” into Creation.
Soul of mine “awaken” to the THUNDER of the WORD,
Remember the WORD that “Has Stopped” in you,
Utter the WORD that was GIFTED at your “Birth” to you.
The WORD is the POWER that turned “unbeing” into Creation,
The WORD is the POWER that KEEPS Alive the Being of Creation,
The WORD is LITURGY and HOLY COMMUNION,
The WORD is LOVE and MEETING.
The WORD can be “hurt”,
Yet the WORD cannot ever “die”,
The WORD can be “locked in”,
Yet the WORD cannot ever be “killed”.
The WORD can be “hidden” by “darkness”,
Yet He can never be “destroyed”.
The WORD can be “forgotten”,
But He is always RESURRECTED.
Sin ever “attempts” a destruction of the WORD,
It Crucifies and buries the WORD into the earth,
Yet the WORD even more Radiant RISES,
As the Lie betrays itself alone after it arises.
LORD, with my “sins” I have Crucified Thee,
With my “sins” I have hurt Thee …
I am frightened to see Thy flowing Blood…
I cannot help shivering and crying as I see Thee GOD…
I have abused and spit Thee,
I am ashamed and feel so guilty …
Yet THY EYES are Mild and FORGIVING,
Although with Tears of blood they are weeping…
Come down from my Cross,
For my Heart does Break and Toss…
Lord stop Thy Crucifixion thus in me,
It is such suffering “as cannot be”…
O LORD, I also want to be a FOLLOWER of THINE,
Self-OFFERING I Crucify myself Akin to Thee,
Beside THY CROSS Receive this Cross of mine,
Beside THEE I shall suffer any “spleen”.
My sins do crucify me as was once the “thief”,
Yet like the “thief” I also utter:
“Receive, my LORD, my Cross BESIDE THY CROSS”.
O LORD, my Cross does hold within the POWER of THY CROSS,
And by THY CRUCIFIXION I “can” crucify myself as well,
And by THY VANQUISHMENT I can thus also “vanquish”.
O LORD, my Being Weeps for all its sins and guilt,
Yet it is filled with the HOPE of THY RESURRECTION.
And in my Being I still do Crucify Thee,
Yet in THY Crucifixion Thou dost Rise.
O, Tears of penance mixed with TEARS of LOVE.
FORGIVENESS MEETING RESURRECTION thus in MYSTERY.
Death and RESURRECTION meet on CHRIST’S CROSS
Guilt and FORGIVENESS UNITE on the CROSS,
From Heaven GOD has DESCENDED down to us.
O GOD FATHER, what canst THOU See?...
THY SON crucified, full of Blood and killed…
This is too much…this cannot be…
Thou Wants to Raise THY HAND thus with a “curse”…
But TEARS are DROPPING on the DEAR and breathless BODY
FORGIVENESS and Justice are now struggling…
From Beyond “death” the SON ASKS Thee in a terrible VOICE:
“MERCIFUL PARENT for MY SAKE BE FORGIVING,
In MY CRUCIFIXION my Brothers of Creation I do FORGIVE,
THOU in MY LOVE BE the RIGHTFUL GOD…
Let MY LOVE of FORGIVENESS and RESURRECTION
Be the SECOND Birth and Creation.
MERCIFUL PARENT BLESS MY SACRIFICE,
Let MY LOVE and the Love of CREATION Be ever in THY LOVE harmonised.
O, “Awesome” and unutterable BODY-SACRIFICE,
The HOLY TRINITY ITSELF is HERE to KISS THEE.
GOD the FATHER COMES to Embrace THEE,
The HOLY SPIRIT COMES with the Heavenly FIRE-the GRACE,
All “sins of the world” in THY BODY-SACRIFICE
Are now FORGIVEN and start “thawing out like ice”…
Heavenly Hosts do all surround Thee,
The Ranks of Saints bow down to Thee…
O, MOST DIVINE SACRIFICE-TREASURE,
All WORTHINESS and Virtue is in THEE.
The MOTHER of GOD, Fallen to GOD’S FEET,
Is PAINED to the very Depth of Her Being…
All Heaven and Earth HERE DO MEET,
GOD and Creation HERE UNITE.
The ALL HOLY TRINITY with the FIRE of DIVINITY,
For the SACRIFICE of FORGIVENESS and LOVE,
Again and Again DOES FORGIVE us all in Eternity!
O, CROSS, NAME full of Awe,
When CHRIST is Crucified on YOU,
All fear suddenly “wears through”:
The Torment of the Cross is thus Vanquished by Him.
O, CROSS most terrible SIGN of all,
If the LORD JESUS is on You,
He makes You be the GREATEST GIFT of LOVE.
Who has ever GIVEN more
Than the CROSS of CHRIST?...
O, CROSS, DIVINE LITURGY.
All the LITURGY of LOVE and FORGIVENESS
Is in the SELF-OFFERING of the CROSS of Crucifixion.
O, CROSS, SIGN and Terrible POWER,
In You all JUSTICE is Judged, as You tower,
By the ceaseless FORGIVENESS and LOVE of GOD
Of which JUSTICE partakes in OVERLOVE.
“Let us Lift up our Hearts” on the CROSS of LOVE,
Let us be THANKFUL through the CROSS of VANQUISH.
THY CROSS, LORD JESUS, is no longer “condemnation”,
It is LOVE and complete FORGIVENESS.
Unless we bear the IMAGE of the CROSS,
We will not have the IMAGE as a SIGN.
Through the IMAGE of the CROSS everything “BECOMES” LOVE and FORGIVENESS,
Through the IMAGE of CHRIST’S CROSS
GOD Himself doth Descend,
And Creation as upon a LADDER can ASCEND.
O, awesome and terrible MEETING
That pains you more than anything,
O, MEETING between “guilt” and FORGIVENESS…
O “Come ye all” and Eat from MY BODY,
Run not away from Me, I do not ask for your “guilt”,
I GIVE you all the more so my LOVE as a GIFT.
And thus I ask of you no more,
Come in MY LOVE when I CALL you …
In MY LOVE you can find
The REST for all those “weary”,
The Peace of all tormented and in toil,
The Comfort of those humiliated,
The FORGIVENESS that Brings back LOVE,
The MEETING with the HOLY COMMUNION….
The BODY and BLOOD of CHRIST on the “tree of the fall”
Transform the “serpent of death” into the IMAGE of RESURRECTION,
Departing from the “curse” of sin you thus return to LOVE,
It is the HOLY SUPPER, the Heavenly-Holy Communion.
In the HOLY SUPPER the Law is Transformed,
In the FORGIVENESS of MYSTERY and PEACE beyond word,
In the HOLY SUPPER WHOLENESS is fulfilled,
Here everything with LOVE is filled.
LORD JESUS, THOU GIVEST us THY FORGIVENESS to Eat,
And in this Forgiveness our Love we can Resurrect,
LORD everything is “thrashing about” in me,
THY DIVINE VOICE doth Thunder in me…
It is frightening to MEET THEE Directly…
What should we Beautify first in the DIVINE EUCHARIST,
GOD’S Descend to us or our Ascent into HIM?...
How ever to “speak of” This MYSTERY?...
And the WORD was Made Body-Creation (John 1, 14).
Now the Body is Made WORD,
O Mystery of DIVINE LITURGY.
Now are FULFILLED Those which “Will Come to Be”.
O, terrible LITURGISING,
O, GIFTING of LOVE awe-inspiring,
O, DIVINE JOY.
The LOVE of THY SON, DIVINE PARENT,
Doth MEET our “scanty” Love,
And both are BROUGHT before THEE as OFFERING and SACRIFICE…
Let us also become the BODY of CHRIST,
Through which we can also ASCEND “to THEE”,
O, ALL HOLY TRINITY.
ALL HOLY SPIRIT, DIVINE MAJESTY,
Please do Forgive our sins as many as they may be,
Bring down to us THY FIRE of GRACE without burning us,
Into the BODY of CHRIST do Transform us,
As once THOU didst when CHRIST EMBODIED in the VIRGIN.
Then the WORD was Made Body,
Now let the Body become WORD,
Then GOD Descended onto the Earth,
Now the Earth ASCENDS into GOD.
O, DIVINE SERVING of the LITURGY
Now there is FULFILLMENT, WHOLENESS in Eternity,
Glory to Thee ALL HOLY TRINITY, Glory, Glory to Thee.
Sin had brought only “death and suffering”,
And now JESUS Thou GIVEST us Thy RESSURRECTION.
The Mother of God does Beseech:
O, DIVINE Son and GREAT PRIEST,
As MOTHER of This Church I bring to Thee all these,
“Disgusted” with any of these do not be,
Do not let “lost” any of these,
For they are all my Sons and Brothers of THEE,
Please RISE them in THY CHALICE of DIVINE LITURGY.
DIVINE, ALL HOLY TRINITY,
I THANK THEE for Creating me.
I THANK THEE, O REDEEMER CHRIST
For to us the Mystery of the LITURGY GIVE Thou Dost
Through which we all can “cleanse” ourselves from sin.
I THANK THEE, GOD the ALL HOLY SPIRIT.
I THANK THEE, DIVINE PARENT
For as well “Receiving” me
As “a Son” belonging to Thee.
DIVINE, ALL HOLY TRINITY,
I THANK THEE.
The LITURGY of LOVE May always Be.
O, LITURGY, unceasing HEART in ETERNITY!
Published in the volume "Hesychasm", Platytera Publishing House, Bucharest, 2007, pp. 25+44. Translation from Romanian: Alice Butnar.
Copyright: Platytera Publishing House.
The Romanian (Original) Version can be found here.
The German Version can be found here.