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“Christ’s kingdom is in the world, but not of this world. We should not seek after that which the world regards as a high priority. Instead, we should strive for heavenly blessings.”–Rev. Prof Johann Gerhard

Concordia and Koinonia

The Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) Church’s construction in Istanbul,Turkey,  was initiated by Emperor Justinian.  It is considered to be one of the architectural greats in the world.  It currently is a mosque. Hagia Sophia,and the Divine Service celebrated therein,  was a main reason for the conversion of Russia to the Christian Faith.  In the year 987, Czar Vladimir of Russia, wanting to know the true religion, sent envoys to various neighboring countries who had been urging Vladimir to embrace their faiths.  It was at the Hagia Sophia, where the full festival liturgy of the Byzantine Church was celebrated, they found their ideal.  They reported to the Czar:  “We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth…nor such beauty, and we know not how to tell of it.”

Bio:  Justinian was emperor of the East from A.D. 527 to 565 when the Roman Empire was in decline…

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