THE SILVER SERIES, VOLUME 4
"We have been created in the image and likeness of God, and the purpose of our life is to live in natural and simple communion with our heavenly Father."
"It is high time that Christians in general, and we Orthodox in particular, become fully aware of the sacred, priestly nature of our status as lay persons. That is, become conscious of the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit, which constitutes our chrismation and thus our sacred status as 'laity'. This does not mean... that we should 'de-sacralize' our lay people, to render them truly 'sacred' in their life and mission. Only then will we be able to perceive the mystery of the church, this priestly body of Christ, of which we truly can and must become living members."
Fr. Cyril Argenti was a monk and a priest. Born in 1918, of Greek parents, he served the Orthodox community in Marseille, France, for over 40 years. He founded the parish of St. Irenaeus, took part in ecumenical dialogue and devoted much of his time to serving the poor. He passed from this life on the Feast of the Presentation of the Mother of God in the Temple, 21 November, 1994.