The Power of Liturgy

The story is told that years ago, when the communists began to take control of Russia, a Communist party official came to a Russian village to seek to convert its residents there to Communism. He challenged the Russian Orthodox priest there to a debate. He figured he could easily crush this frail old priest in a debate.

The whole town gathered for this debate. He so eloquently argued the benefits of Communism that many of the people there were nodding in approval. With great satisfaction, he smugly sat down, gesturing the priest to speak. The priest stood up at the podium and said simply: “Christ is risen!” The people there then passionately exclaimed as with one voice: “He is risen indeed.”

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