Nuts and Bolts of Liturgy
Liturgy means 'work of the people.' Our Sunday morning liturgy is the Rite of Saint Gregory the Theologian. It occurs at the Holy Altar which has been adorned with various clothes, colors are determined by the particular season in the liturgical year.
Just as the Lord sacrificed His life for us, so we sacrifice our lives for one another and for those coming to the faith.
Our Divine Liturgy tells God's story! Believe it or not, "The whole panorama of the mysteries of Jesus' life is condensed in a single Eucharistic celebration...In the liturgy, eternal time penetrates each moment of chronological time. Eternal values breaking into chronological time are made available to us in the present moment. It is in this sense that Christ is present thoughout all of time -- past, present and to come," The Mystery of Christ by Thomas Keating.
There are 25 components to the Divine Liturgy which we will break into three parts: Entrance Rite, Liturgy of the Word & Liturgy of the Table!
It all begins with the procession or the entrance of different elements that will be used during the particular service. The procession will conclude with the celebrant or officiating priest standing at the foot of the Holy Altar. The celebrant will lead the congregation in a prayer of confession.
Prayer of Confession
We do not enter God's presence having done anything worthy of His audience, rather we acknowledge our short comings and failures. Note: the celebrant is not speaking to God on behalf of the people, rather he/she is speaking to God as one of the people, which is why the celebrant will face in the same direction as the congregation. "Take away from us, O Lord, all our iniquities, that we may enter the Holy of Holies with pure hearts and minds. We praise You, we bless You, and we give thanks to you for your great glory. Lord God, the Lamb of God, Son of the Father who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us and receive our prayer."
Holy Trisagion (may be chanted)
Celebrant: Holy Art Thou, O God
Response: Holy Art Thou, Almighty
Holy Art Thou, Immortal One
Crucified for us, have mercy upon us (repeated three times)
Orthodox Lingo: Glossary of Terms
Liturgy Q & A (coming soon)
Preparing for my first Communion (coming soon)