Peace from Above

Peace from Above


Each Sunday, at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, we pray for “peace from above, and the salvation of our souls.” But what exactly are we asking for? What is the peace we prayerfully ask to be granted? Many times we think may be tempted to think that our peace depends on external circumstances. But peace that is dependent on external circumstances is not true peace.

In the video above, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware seeks to speak about this “peace from above.” He begins with Saint Seraphim of Sarov’s famous quote: “Acquire the Spirit of Peace, and a thousand souls around you will be saved.” He continues by saying that, contrary to what many think, “Peace does not mean passivity. It does not mean indifference. It does not mean evasion . . . It is a creative and dynamic force. Peace is not passive but intensely active . . . and has a transforming effect. It brings salvation to oneself and to many others.”

This “Spirit of Peace” spoken of by Saint Seraphim is the Holy Spirit. The entire goal of the Christian, according to St. Seraphim, is acquisition of the Holy Spirit—acquisition of peace. Metropolitan Kallistos notes that, “Peace is not something that just happens. It is something that must be actively sought, and strenuously pursued.”

Watch the video above for the full lecture, and let us know what you think.

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Ben Cabe

Ben Cabe is a writer, artist, and filmmaker. Married with two children, he loves to read works of philosophy and theology and is especially interested in how the early Church Fathers utilized and refashioned the philosophical language of the time in order to incarnate divine truth. Ben makes a living by solving problems for businesses through visual communication and animated web content.