God is above everything, including existence

God does not “suffer” anything. God has no need of anything. He is above everything, including any necessity that might stem from His nature or existence. In fact, God does not “exist”. God is above existence; He “contains” existence, and created existence itself. When we say that God exists we mean that God is super-existence, beyond existence as we know it. Our word for “exist” does not somehow impart knowledge of the ineffable essence of God, but is mere a positive placeholder for a negative.

Based on St. Dionysius the Areopagite, St. Gregory Palamas, Father Dumitru St─âniloae

This photo was taken at night in the Vatopaidi courtyard, with the Chapel of the Holy Belt of the Virgin Mary on the left.