ORTHODOXY 101:The Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom has been celebrated since the 4th Century, and became the primary expression of Christian worship at the beginning of the second millennia. Through the Divine Liturgy we find a full understanding of Christianity.

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOD & MAN

OCTOBER 11 — 6:30 pm

The Divine Liturgy brings together God and man in a most pure and authentic experience. The relationship between God and man is often referred to as complex; however, it is established upon a most simplistic reality: man needs God.

BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS

OCTOBER 18 — 6:30 pm

More than 200 references from the Holy Bible can be found in the Divine Liturgy! Replete with hundreds of Scriptural references, the Divine Liturgy cultivates the Holy Spirit as a medium for God’s Incarnate Word to sanctify us.

GOD, CLERGY & THE PEOPLE

OCTOBER 25 — 6:30 pm

The Divine Liturgy is comprised of three participates, or participating groups: God, the clergy, and the people. The service perfectly requests, positions, and invites all to fully participate. All three participants are necessary to arrive at the desired experience of holiness.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

NOVEMBER 1 — 6:30 pm

The first half of the Divine Liturgy prepares the faithful to receive the Word of God by ultimately hearing the New Testament through the day’s prescribed Epistle and Gospel readings. Prayers directly to God, hymns asking for the prayers of saints and conveying our understanding of the Lord all are offered in preparation for receiving His Word.

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

NOVEMBER 8 — 6:30 pm

The second half of the Divine Liturgy prepares the faithful to receive the Word of God through the reception of the Eucharist. Physical union with God is both mysterious and miraculous. Moreover, when it is approached correctly — with faith, love, and the fear of God — it affirms and solidifies holistic union with God.

CELEBRATION OF THE DIVINE LITURGY

NOVEMBER 15 — 6:30 pm

After exploring the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom in the previous five weeks, we will conclude the course and continue the pilgrimage by experiencing the Divine Liturgy itself. In commemoration of Saint Matthew the Evangelist, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at 6:30 pm in the main sanctuary.

Each class session will take place in the George J. Kostas Education Building from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. We will use the same text we use in Sunday worship.

The Divine Liturgy

written, and complied by The Reverend Protopresbyter, Jon Magoulias.

Copies may be purchased in the Saint Basil bookstore or downloaded through iBooks on iOS devices.