'There is nothing upon earth holier, higher, grander, more solemn, more life-giving than the liturgy. The church, at this particular time, becomes an earthly heaven; those who officiate represent Christ Himself, the angels, the cherubim, seraphim and apostles.'

- St John of Kronstadt

The offering of incense at Vespers

'Let my prayer arise before you like incense;
and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.'

Psalm 140: 2

Western Rite Orthodox