Worship and the Divine Liturgy

byzan_orn 4cWorship is central to the practice of the Orthodox Faith.  The central worship service of the Church is The Divine Liturgy, which is celebrated every Sunday morning and on major feast days.  Most commonly used is The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.  The Divine Liturgy is divided into two parts:

  • The Liturgy oDivine Liturgy_Damaskinosf the Word – prayers, hymns, the Little Entrance (entrance with the Book of the Gospels), the Trisagion (or “Thrice Holy”) Hymn – ‘Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us’, the reading of the Epistle and the Gospel, and the sermon;
  • The Liturgy of the Sacrament – the Great Entrance (entrance with the Elements of the Eucharist), prayers, the kiss of peace, the confession of faith (Nicene Creed), the Eucharistic prayer, which includes the ‘Calling Down’ of the Holy Spirit on the Eucharist elements (epiclesis), the Communion, the Thanksgiving, and the final blessing.

The Orthodox pattern of services also includes Matins and Vespers along with six “lesser hours” and services for special occasions like Baptism, Marriage, and Burial of the Dead.