The church is an earthly heaven in which the supercelestial
God dwells and walks about. It represents the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Christ: it is glorified more than the tabernacle of the witness of Moses, in which
are the mercy-seat and the Holy of Holies. It is prefigured in the patriarchs, foretold by the prophets, founded in the apostles, adorned by the hierarchs, and fulfilled in the
martyrs.

ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
AND MYSTICAL CONTEMPLATION
BY GERMANUS Archbishop of Constantinople

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