Third Sunday After Pentecost

After the Holy Communion takes place, during the Divine Liturgy, the Priest and people pray:

PRIEST: O god, save thy people and bless thine inheritance.
CHOIR: We have seen the true light, we have received the heavenly Spirit; we have found the true faith, worshipping the undivided Trinity: for He hath saved us.

That response of the choir, and all the congregation, seems to us, in our day of divided Christendom, at best triumphalistic, and at worst terribly judgmental. One certainly doesn’t make comments like that among polite ecumenical company.

Who, after all, can really claim to have finally arrived at the truth? At best we can only claim to have made the best possible guess that we can. And to claim that one has the “true faith”! What about those who disagree? Do they not have the true faith?

But this liturgical hymn is the Faith of the Church, and has been sung for centuries.
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