"As an assembly of the faithful around the altar, the Eucharist is a reconstitution of our ancient home in paradise. As a full communion of the faithful with God and with each other, it perfects that home and unites humanity entirely, making it the body of God. As a sacrifice and an offering it creates once again the relationship that man had with creation before the fall and at the same time completes it. The creatures which constitute man’s wealth are offered by him with love to God. Thus creation becomes the means by which man is united with God. Matter comes to be filled with the Spirit, and the spiritual life functions within the Eucharist unhindered and in its true fullness. All these things take place because the Eucharist is Christ, who constitutes the past, present and future of the saints, which is the real past, present and future of the world."
— Panayiotis Nellas, Deification in Christ: Orthodox Perspectives On the Nature of the Human Person, trans. Norman Russell (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr, 1987), 129. (via thepoorinspirit-extras)