by Scott D. Hendricks
When you hear the sacred chanting in the church, especially on holy days, grace acts within you and causes spiritual joy and sweetness.
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In the church we hear divine words, spiritual songs, angelic and heavenly melodies, which gladden the heart and make it contrite.
~ St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite
Constantine Cavarnos, Modern Orthodox Saints vol. 3: St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite (Belmont: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 1974), 127.