|Commemoration of the Twenty-Four Incorporeal Priests|
On this day, we commemorate the Twenty-Four Incorporeal Priests of the Most High, who are sitting around God's throne. They are exalted above all the saints and spiritual hosts. Because of their nearness to God, they intercede on behalf of the human race and offer the prayers of the saints as incense, with golden censers in their hands, before the Lord.
St. John the Evangelist records: "After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this". Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads" (Revelation 4:1-4). "... each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Revelation 5:8).
St. John also said: "The four living creatures do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created" (Revelation 4:8-11)
When a command went forth from God they fell
down on their faces and worship saying: "Great and marvellous
are Your works, lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify
Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come
and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested"
(Revelation 15:3, 4).