165. The Divine Liturgy 5 – The Pro-Pro-Anaphora

But before we get started: Two years ago for the feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (February 2), I wrote an article “The Groundhog Who Stole Candlemas” which I note that many people are reading this year. (We bloggers know many secrets about you…) So I went back and read it again to see […]

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164. The Divine Liturgy 4 – The Basics

In Posts 151 and 152 we covered the Proskomidia, the Priest’s Preparation for Divine Liturgy. Last week: How the people should prepare. The Purpose of the Liturgy  “Divine Liturgy” is the Orthodox term for what Roman Catholics call the Mass, or Protestants variously title the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion or the Holy Eucharist, though many […]

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163. The Divine Liturgy 3 – How to Prepare Ourselves

Preparation for Holy Communion We covered The Proskomidia Service (Priest’s Preparation for Divine Liturgy) in Posts 151 and 152. The moral of this was that all of us, not only the clergy, should make special preparations if we’re going to receive the Holy Eucharist – which I hope you do regularly, unless you’re in sin and unrepentant, God […]

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161. Christ for the World! and How to Do It

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19 That seems clear enough. The Situation So how are we doing lately? Not well. Examples: Yes, Christianity is growing fast in […]

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160. The Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather of God, the Foster-Father of God, the Brother of God

I know I promised an article about the Magi this week, but between regular Church worship and activities, Christmas gatherings, the New Year, presiding at Saint Basil’s Liturgy on my Name Day the next morning, and a wonderful family visit…I just wasn’t prepared. But I had this Post almost ready to go. So let’s hold the […]

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