“The Divine Liturgy sustains the world!
And we are so unworthy of it!
There are priests who live this awesome Mystery at every Divine Liturgy. A priest once told me something that a very simple and good priest had once confessed to him,
“I have such a hard time during the consuming of the Holy Gifts at the end of the Divine Liturgy. My filthy tears fall into the chalice; I cannot contain them, and this makes me so upset.”
And as he was speaking these words he was crying! So the other priest told him,
“Please, Father, ask Christ to give some of those ‘filthy’ tears to me too.”
Elder Païsios Eznepidis of Mount Athos (1924-1994)