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The Six Psalms and the Extinguishing of Candles

August 30th, 2010 4 Comments

At the very Beginning of the service of Orthros (Matins) the Typicon prescribes the reading   of the “Six Psalms,”  or “Hexapsalm” i.e. Psalms 3, 37, 62, 87, 102, and 142, read in that order, and combined into a single whole.

The faithful should be aware of the fact that the reading of the “Six Psalms” is one of the most important points in the service , a time when all should put aside other thoughts, stand quietly, and concentrate on these penitential prayers. The reading does not constitute a pause in Divine Services, a time during which to go for a walk outside or to talk to one’s neighbor. It is one of the holiest moments… Continue reading

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Why we commemorate the Saints Joachim and Anna?

September 9th, 2009 No Comments

Joachim_Anna_Virgin_smallI always asked myself why we commemorate the Saints Joachim and Anna at the end of almost every church service. Beside the Savior and the Theotokos only the “holy and righteous ancestors of God” are never omitted from any daily dismissal.
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Questions and Answers about the Divine Liturgy #4 – Liturgy of the Faithful

February 19th, 2009 11 Comments

altar_orthodox1.      Who are the faithful? The faithful are all that have received the Baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity in the Orthodox Church and are found in good ecclesiastical order. As we saw previously the catechumens and the people that were not in good order were leaving the Nave after the Litany of the catechumens and staying in the Narthex
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Questions and Answers about the Divine Liturgy #3 – Liturgy of the Catechumens

February 19th, 2009 2 Comments

gospel_book_11. What are the catechumens? The catechumens are those that are preparing to become Christians. 2. Why during the first centuries the catechumens could not participate in the whole liturgy? St. Cyril of Jerusalem explains the situations of the catechumens: „the divine words echoed outside of him; [...] he was a listener of the Christian teachings but they were not penetrating
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Questions and answers about the Divine Liturgy #2 – About the Proskomidi

February 19th, 2009 No Comments

proscomidiar1.      What is the Proskomidi? The Proskomidi is the first part of the Divine Liturgy during which the Priest prepares mystically the gifts necessary for the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Liturgy. It is performed in a special place in the Holy Altar called the Oblation table, Proskomidi or Prothesis.
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Questions and answers about the Divine Liturgy #1- About the Divine Liturgy in general

February 19th, 2009 No Comments

liturgy1. What is the meaning of the word Liturgy? The word Liturgy comes from the Greek word leitourgia meaning service or public office. In the primary Church the word liturgy was referring not only to the Church services but to any services rendered to the Christian community
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Beyond the sound of Liturgy

February 12th, 2009 No Comments

One of the Churches in Bucharest Romania has developed a Liturgy in sign language for the hearing impared. There are no words to express what you experience in that Church. Just watch the video
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Byzantine Divine Liturgy – Lycourgos Anghelopoulos

February 3rd, 2009 No Comments

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Books on Liturgy and Sacraments

February 3rd, 2009 No Comments

nicholas_cabasilas_liturgy_commentaryNicholas Cabasilas A Commentary on the Divine Liturgy A remarkable product of Byzantium's last great flowering of theology. Essential reading for the fields of comparative liturgy and history of liturgy. through-their-own-eyes-taft Robert F. Taft  Through Their Own Eyes: Liturgy as the Byzantines Saw It
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