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Down through the centuries the glorified have been described as saints, because they are united in the Holy Spirit with Christ and through Him they know the Father, by means of His uncreated glorifying energy. The saints are “recipients, guardians and transmitters of the deposit of the Holy Tradition” and are divided into “the spiritually knowledgeable and the faithful”. The spiritually knowledgeable are those who have acquired personal knowledge of God. They have come to know “the glory and energy of God” and have been “eye witnesses of the divinity of Christ”. These are the Prophets, Apostles and saints. The faithful are those who, in the Holy Spirit, accept “with childlike simplicity, the testimony and the teaching of the saints who see God.”

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos