St. Ephraim the Syrian: Imagine that someone, while standing before a king . . .

Icon of St. Ephraim the Syrian“Imagine that someone, while standing before a king and conversing with him, at the summons of a servant like unto himself leaves the king and begins to converse with that servant; such also is he who engages in conversation and gives himself over to distraction during the divine service.”

— St. Ephraim the Syrian