Today we visited and venerated the relics of the Holy Fathers of the Pantokrator Monastery at Ntaou Penteli. Our Transfiguration Parish in Austin TX is blessed to have relics of these martyred Fathers in our Holy Altar. This link will relate the history of the Monastery for your understanding: http://www.pantokratoros-tao.gr/index.php/en/ The convent is growing and building a new Church Temple to the Glory of God. The Commemoration of these Martyrs is the Tuesday of Bright Week
This quote explains why we build churches to God’s glory. It is a quote from St. Philaret of Moscow on the occasion of a church consecration.
“God is everywhere and doesn’t need churches, which are small for him and cannot contain Him. But man is limited, and thus needs limited revelation of God’s presence. God condescended to the need of man and granted that thischurch exist, granting it the grace of His particular presence. We know of only one state of man in which he has no need of churches: the eternal life in the NewJerusalem, under a “new heaven and a new earth…” the seer of heaven (St. John the Evangelist) notes a specialdistinguishing feature of the New Jerusalem, namely thatthere is no church there: “and I saw no church there: (Rev.21, 22). But we are not yet in the New Jerusalem, which willdescend from the heavens, therefore we need a church temple. Belonging to the creation, after the fall, our own flesh, roughand unpurified, blocks our entrance into the grace-filledpresence of God. This is why it is necessary for Hischarismatic presence to reveal itself to us in holy churches.The heavens – where Christ, our light, ascended – have notyet opened up and revealed to us the radiance of His glory.because of this we need for the time being at least a smallheaven on earth, as well as light – even though it may behidden in mystery. We can find all this in the church,through prayer, the word of God and the sacraments