2148 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

The Beatitudes

In the Gospel writ­ings, the beat­i­tudes intro­duce the teach­ings of Jesus and are tra­di­tion­al­ly con­sid­ered to con­tain the most con­cise sum­ma­ry of the spir­i­tu­al life of man. In the Ortho­dox Divine Litur­gy, the beat­i­tudes are chant­ed when the Book of the Gospels is car­ried in solemn pro­ces­sion to the sanc­tu­ary to be pro­claimed as the Word of God to the faith­ful. Thus it is the clear teach­ing of the Gospel and the Church that one enters into the mys­ter­ies of Christ and the King­dom of God only by way of fol­low­ing the Lord’s teach­ings in the beatitudes.

And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spir­it, for theirs is the king­dom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inher­it the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for right­eous­ness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the mer­ci­ful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peace­mak­ers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are per­se­cut­ed for

right­eous­ness sake, for theirs is the king­dom of heaven.

Blessed are you when men revile you and per­se­cute you and utter all kinds of evil against you false­ly on my account. Rejoice and be exceed­ing­ly glad, for your reward is great in heav­en (Matthew 5:2–12; Cf Luke 6:20–26)