The heavenly man – Photo Journal from a Great Schema service

The great schema monk becomes a heavenly man, something he really experiences inside him. It is a reality which cannot be explained in words. Saying that it is an explosion of happiness, love, and understanding is an understatement. It cannot be explained because he becomes a heavenly man living a heavenly reality which cannot be lived by an earthly man. Suddenly, the monk understands what Saint John the Forerunner said, “What is heavenly is above all. What is from earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. . .” However, the fight with evil powers isn’t finished—because the monk still has his passions, his spiritual weaknesses. Yet now, the monk knows the Kingdom of Heaven is something very concrete and much higher than anything on earth and he is equipped to gain it.

In the following photos, you may see how a simple monk becomes a Great Schema monk. The service is held during the Divine Liturgy in the front of the holy altar.