St. John of Kronstadt
from: Orthodox Photos
The ever-memorable Russian Pastor, St John of Kronstadt, in his “Thoughts Concerning the Church” writes: “Acknowledge that all the saints are our elder brothers in the one House of the Heavenly Father, who have departed from earth to heaven, and they are always with us in God, and they constantly teach us and guide us to eternal life by means of the church services, Mysteries, rites, instructions, and church decrees, which they have composed-as for example, those concerning the fasts and feasts-, so to speak, they serve together with us, they sing, they speak, they instruct, they help us in various temptations and sorrows. And call upon them as living with you under a single roof; glorify them, thank them, converse with them as with living people; and you will believe in the Church” (St. John of Kronstadt, “What Does It Mean To Believe In The Church? Thoughts About the Church and the Orthodox Divine Services”)
(From: Fr. Michael Pomazansky, Orthodox Dogmatic Theology; St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood Press, 1994).