The Divine Liturgy, Part 7: Pre-Communion Prayers
September 12, 2006 Length: 1:00:04
The mystical change of the gifts of bread an wine into the Body and Blood of Christ in the Epiclesis is followed by a series of pre-communion prayers and hymns - given to continually focus us on the grace and unity of the Holy Spirit, for it is He who has been invited to come down upon us and abide in us. The closing prayer of the Epiclesis, which declares the unity of all saints made righteous by faith, is followed by the Megalynarion - the Magnification of Mary, for it was she who by virtue of her humility and purity and the power of the Holy Spirit provided the world with Christ's Body and Blood - the Incarnation itself. The litanies then lead us to the Lord's Prayer, the extolling of God's Holiness (not ours), and then a final declaration of of our own humility and allegiance before we partake of the Mystery of Mysteries. The now thoroughly inadequate Steve and Bill move through this part of the Divine Liturgy "as usual" - with their familiar, winsome klutziness.
"I am presently listening to your broadcast from Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, where I serve as an Army Chaplain. When I am at my desk, I am listening to the treasury of Orthodoxy that you send forth, and I wanted to thank you. I walk around humming the music all day long. No words suffice to express the comfort and connection that comes to me through you website and the broadcast. Just wanted to say thank you and God bless you all."