Bible. The People of God (λαος θεου)
the People of God (2Cr.6:16; 1Pe.2:9),
the Mystical Body of Christ (Eph.1:22-23),
the Bride of Christ (2Cr.11:2; Rev.22:17),
the Temple of God (ναὸς θεοῦ ἐστε), the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1Cr.3:16; 1Cr.6:19-20),
the dwelling of Holy Trinity in the people (2Cr.13:13, Eph.4:18).
43 Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.
44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy (ἁγιασθήσεσθε καὶ ἅγιοι ἔσεσθε); for I am holy (ὅτι ἅγιός εἰμι ἐγὼ κύριος ὁ θεὸς ὑμῶν): neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy (ἔσεσθε ἅγιοι), for I am holy (ὅτι ἅγιός εἰμι ἐγὼ κύριος).
6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.
2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
21 Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast [their leaves: so] the holy (קֹדֶשׁ - qodesh) seed (זֶרַע - zera`) shall be the substance thereof.
9 But ye are a chosen generation (γενος εκλεκτον), a royal priesthood (βασιλειον ιερατευμα), an holy nation (εθνος αγιον), a peculiar people (λαος εις περιποιησιν); that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God (λαος θεου): which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people (μου λαος).
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
The Body of Christ
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
The Bride of Christ
1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Receiving thee as a royal diadem, O Bride of God, the Temple hath been made splendid and hath mounted to better things, beholding in thee the fulfillment of the prophecies.
Entry Into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary.
Matins. The Canon. Ode 6. Troparion.