Divine Liturgy Part 5: Lay Aside All Earthly Cares
August 25, 2006 Length: 58:51
The bread and wine, the gifts of the people, have been moved from the table of preparation (prothesis table) to the altar in the Great Entrance. In this program we further discuss the Cherubic Hymn in which we are admonished to "lay aside all earthly cares" as we confront the reality of the heavenly Kingdom and the unity of all believers both in heaven and on earth who confess "Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Trinity one in essence and undivided." We enter a liturgical dialogue with the priest as we contemplate the greatness of the grace of God who accepts from us sinners our gifts in order to return them to us as the Body and Blood of His Son. In this liturgical dialogue we acknowledge our life in the Trinity, the love and unity of the Church, the glory of God, our gratitude to God for His mercy and the awesome and fearful prospect of taking the "fire of divinity" into our human flesh in the Eucharist.
"Having grown up in a family that moved around a lot, it can be hard to leave behind my favorite Orthodox hymns from church to church and diocese to diocese—especially the beautiful melodies that distinguish Lent. Now as I am again experiencing Lent in a new town and different church for the first time, it's great to hear some of my favorite Lenten hymns on Ancient Faith. Thank you!!"