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October 13, 2015

Let the Deacons Respond!

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The Divine Liturgy is the most important activity in our Orthodox Christian lives. It is the time when the people of God, the ekklesia, stand before Him in reverence, worship Him and entreat His mercy, and receive Communion with Him for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Because of its importance, any changes to the Divine Liturgy must be studied with caution. I feel we are at the cusp of such a change relating …

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July 3, 2015

The Liturgy of Praise in the Book of Revelation and in the Church Today

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Anyone who reads the Book of Revelation carefully finds before him a detailed heavenly picture of all the different kinds of liturgical rites that accompany the prayers and praises offered in the church every day, along with the eucharistic mystery. He sees white robes, censors, incense, and a burning coal on the altar, golden crowns, candlesticks, an altar and “a lamb as it had been slain,” cherubim, archangels, angels, heavenly powers, twenty-four elders and the …

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July 3, 2015

“Do This in Remembrance of Me”

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Christ’s suffering and death separated His existence in the flesh from His existence in the Spirit. It was not a separation of time or from His presence, but between the visible witnessing and the spiritual witnessing of the glory of His Divine Being. The Mystical Supper was a farewell illustration of the fact that Christ would be physically absent but at the same time would remain with His disicples forever: “And lo, I am with you …

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May 18, 2015

Asking the Father in the Son’s Name

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In the Holy and Divine Liturgy, we observe within many prayers the structure of supplicating and petitioning God the Father in the Name of God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps the most common example of this in the Anaphora of St. Basil is the Prayer of Thanksgiving in which we give thanks to God the Father “for every condition, concerning every condition, and in every condition.” At the end of this prayer, the …

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January 9, 2015

Orthodox Worship and the Senses

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While reading a wonderful book entitled The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, a 17th c. spiritual classic, I happened upon the following quote from the Introduction by Doris Day:We have to leap into faith through the senses — from the natural to the supernatural — and I was drawn to the Church in my youth because it appealed to the senses. The music speaking to the ear, the incense …

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December 29, 2014

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil by Fr. Yoakim Nagy

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