Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth

Start date: January 2011 74 episodes

A series of reflections by Fr. Thomas Hopko on the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church. Fr. Tom reads all of his email but it is unable to respond due to the volume of mail he receives. However, your comments and suggestions often find their way into future podcast episodes.

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Jul 21, 2014

The Proskomede - Preparing the Bread and the Wine part 2

Fr. Thomas explores the significance of the way the bread is cut and laid on the diskos during the preparation for the eucharist.

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Jul 02, 2014

The Proskomede - Preparing the Bread and the Wine

Fr. Thomas begins today some reflections on the rite of the preparation of the bread and the wine to be offered on the altar in the ritual called the Proskomede.

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Jun 10, 2014

The Bread And The Wine

Fr. Thomas looks at the significance of using leavened bread and real wine for the Eucharist.

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May 14, 2014

The Cherubic Hymn

We now come to the time in the Divine Liturgy when the Cherubic Hymn is sung admonishing us to lay aside all earthly care and receive the King of all!

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37:24
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May 01, 2014

The Antimension or Altar Cloth

As he continues his series on the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Thomas Hopko talks about the Antimension or Altar Cloth that is on every altar in the Orthodox Church. Learn about its importance in verifying the authority of the parish to offer the Holy Gifts.

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Apr 01, 2014

The Great Entrance

Fr. Tom now gets to the offertory procession with the Bread and the Wine which will be offered and then consecrated into the Body and Blood of Christ at the Eucharistic Anaphora of the Divine Liturgy.

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Mar 06, 2014

The Litany of the Faithful

Fr. Tom transitions now to the second half of the Divine Liturgy with the Litany of the Faithful.

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Feb 10, 2014

The Litany of the Catechumens

Fr. Tom goes through the various translations of the Litany of the Catechumens and also continues his thoughts on the departure of the catechumens.

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Jan 30, 2014

Let All Catechumens Depart

Fr. Thomas begins a difficult discussion about the beginning of the Liturgy of the Faithful. Who should stay and who should go? This is sure to generate a lot of conversation!

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Jan 09, 2014

Pray For All - St. John Chrysostom

In the last episode, Fr. Tom was talking about the Litany of Fervent Supplication and emphasizing the need to pray for everyone, not just Orthodox Christians. Today, he reads from Homily 6 of St. John Chrysostom's commentary on I Timothy which affirms that requirement.

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Dec 30, 2013

The Litany of Fervent Supplication

Following the Scripture readings and the sermon, there are prayers that are skipped in some churches. These prayers are part of the Litany of Fervent Supplication, and Fr. Thomas feels they are very important.

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Dec 14, 2013

The Proclamation of the Gospel - Part 3

Today Fr. Thomas talks about the actual delivery of the sermon and how best to fulfill the purpose of it.

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Nov 21, 2013

The Proclamation of the Gospel - Part 2

Giving the sermon is more than just standing and talking in front of the congregation. It requires a knowledge of the people, the events of the day, the Holy Scripture readings, and much more.

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Nov 04, 2013

The Proclamation of the Gospel - Part 1

Fr. Thomas begins his reflections on the point in the Divine Liturgy when the Gospel is read. In particular he talks about the important connection between the Bible and the bishop.

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Oct 18, 2013

The 8 Tones

Fr. Tom pauses in his series on the Divine Liturgy to address some questions he has received about the 8 tones used in Orthodox worship.

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Sep 30, 2013

The Prayer Before the Gospel Reading

Fr. Thomas reflects on the prayer read by the priest or bishop just before the Gospel reading in the Divine Liturgy.

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Sep 18, 2013

Allelujah, Allelujah, Allelujah

Just before the Gospel reading in the Divine Liturgy, the participants sing what is supposed to a very solemn "Allelujah, Allelujah, Allelujah." Fr. Tom explains why this is so important.

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Sep 06, 2013

Women Readers in the Divine Liturgy

After his last episode, Fr. Thomas got a thoughtful letter from a listener challenging his remarks on female readers of the Apostolic writings in the Divine Liturgy. In this episode he reads the letter and answers the concerns raised.

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Aug 20, 2013

The Apostle Reading

In his continuing series on the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Thomas is now at the point of the Apostle reading. He comments on how, where, and by whom it is to be read.

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Aug 05, 2013

The Prokeimenon

Just before the Apostle reading in the Divine Liturgy, verses are chanted known as the Prokeimenon. Fr. Tom explains what that is, why it is there, and how he feels it should be done.

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Jul 16, 2013

The Conclusion of the Little Entrance and the Proclamation of the Word

As the Little Entrance is concluded a transition is taking place to the proclamation of the Word of God. Today Fr. Tom comments on that transition as well as the choice of readings for the Divine Liturgy.

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Jun 21, 2013

The Trisagion Prayers - Part 6

Fr. Tom concludes his comments on the Little Entrance and the singing of the Trisagion Hymn when a bishop is present.

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May 25, 2013

The Trisagion Prayers - Part 5

Fr. Tom continues to talk about the "Little Entrance" but now how it is done when a bishop is present.

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Apr 29, 2013

The Trisagion Prayers - Part 4

Fr. Tom continues to talk about the Little Entrance and how it is done when a priest is presiding as opposed to a bishop.

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Apr 16, 2013

The Trisagion Prayers - Part 3

Fr. Thomas continues to describe the "Little Entrance" in the Divine Liturgy when the Trisagion hymn is sung. In this episode he talks about the hymn and prayer when a priest is presiding.

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Apr 08, 2013

The Trisagion Prayers - Part 2

Fr. Tom continues to talk about the Trisagion Prayers - "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us" - and talks specifically about the recipient of this prayer. Is it Christ or is it the Holy Trinity?

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Mar 26, 2013

The Trisagion Prayers - Part 1

Fr. Tom has come to the point in the Liturgy where we sing the first of two Thrice-Holy hymns. This one is in the Liturgy of the Word: "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us."

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Feb 20, 2013

Come Let Us Worship

Virtually every liturgical service in the Orthodox Church includes this call to worship: "Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ." Fr. Tom takes us to the source of that call in the Psalms.

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Jan 09, 2013

The Little Entrance

The first procession in the Divine Liturgy is referred to as the "Little Entrance" where the Gospel Book is brought into the altar and the call to worship is proclaimed.

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Dec 20, 2012

The Two Prayers of the Antiphons

After the hymn, "O Son of God," the next antiphons are sung in the Divine Liturgy. O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

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Dec 04, 2012

Only Begotten Son and Word of God

In his continuing series on the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Thomas reflects on the hymn sung at every Liturgy with its origins attributed to Sts. Justinian and Theodora in the sixth century.

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Nov 18, 2012

The Antiphons

Moving on from the Great Litany, Fr. Tom talks about the antiphonal verses and how they are treated in the Divine Liturgy by the various jurisdictions. He also talks about the Psalms and how the Church reads them.

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Oct 28, 2012

The Great Litany - Part 8

In this final reflection on the Great Litany, Fr. Thomas talks about the exclamation made at the end. He also talks about silent prayers and audible prayers in the Divine Liturgy.

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Oct 18, 2012

The Great Litany - Part 7

Calling to remembrance - let us commend ourselves. Fr. Tom speaks about the liturgical use of the word "remember" and how it relates to God and our salvation.

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Oct 04, 2012

The Great Litany - Part 6

Continuing his look at the first Great Litany of the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Tom explores what it means to pray concerning wrath, danger, and need. Also included is a helpful reflection on the most frequent phrase in the Liturgy: "Lord, have mercy."

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Sep 18, 2012

The Great Litany - Part 5

Fr. Thomas reviews the important elements of the last episode and then begins talking about the prayers in the Great Litany for "seasonable weather." Don't miss his little side trip when he talks about God's role in storms, tragedies, and disasters in light of our prayers.

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Sep 05, 2012

The Great Litany - Part 4

As he continues to look at the Great Litany which begins the Divine Liturgy, Fr.Tom examines the petitions for the president, the country, those in civil authority, and our armed forces.

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Aug 22, 2012

The Great Litany - Part 3

As he continues his commentary on the Great Litany, Fr. Thomas reflects on the prayers for the bishops, presbyters, and deacons.

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Jul 31, 2012

The Great Litany - Part 2

Fr. Thomas continues to talk about the Great Litany at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. In particular the "union of all men" and "the fear of God."

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Jul 15, 2012

The Great Litany

Fr. Thomas reflects on what it means to say "In peace let us pray to the Lord." What is the significance of this peace?

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Jul 03, 2012

The Two Parts of the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Tom talks about the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Faithful which comprise the worship of the Church from the very beginning.

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Jun 19, 2012

Amen!

The response of the people in the Divine Liturgy is "Amen." What does it mean and how important is it that the people understand what they are responding to before they can say it?

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Jun 02, 2012

Blessed is the Kingdom

In this 32nd episode of the series, Fr.Tom gets to the very opening statement in the Divine Liturgy: "Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen."

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Apr 23, 2012

Practical Preparations for Liturgy

Before the Divine Liturgy begins, we must be prepared from a practical standpoint. Fr. Tom gives some personal reflections on doing things decently and in order.

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Apr 05, 2012

It is Time for the Lord to Act

After 29 episodes leading up the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Thomas begins his line by line commentary.

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Mar 21, 2012

Vesting for Liturgy - Part 7

In the final section on vestments for the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Tom talks about crosses, hats, and crowns.

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Mar 06, 2012

Vesting for Liturgy - Part 6

Fr. Tom continues his comments on the vestments worn in the Divine Liturgy. Today he talks about the sacramental significance of the omophorion and epitrachelion.

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Feb 20, 2012

Vesting for Liturgy - Part 5

Today Fr. Thomas focuses his attention on a part of the vestments that many wonder about. What is the significance of that square or diamond shaped attachment that sometimes hangs above the knee of the bishop or presbyter?

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Feb 07, 2012

Vesting for Liturgy - Part 4

As Fr. Tom continues to look at the vestments worn by the clergy for the Divine Liturgy, he today talks about the "girding of strength" as signified by the belt and the cuffs.

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Jan 23, 2012

Vesting for Liturgy - Part 3

Fr. Tom continues his look at the vestments worn by the clergy for the Divine Liturgy. What vestments are appropriate in non-sacramental settings?

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Jan 06, 2012

Vesting for Liturgy - Part 2

In part 2 of Fr. Tom's comments on the vesting for liturgy, he talks about the importance of dress not only for the clergy but for all of us as we come to church.

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Dec 21, 2011

Vesting for Liturgy - Part 1

In this episode, Fr. Thomas explains the basic vestments worn by the priests and bishops for the Divine Liturgy. This is part 1.

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Dec 06, 2011

The Prayers for the Bishop

Before the liturgy begins, there are prayers that are said as the bishop and priest enter. Fr. Tom explains those prayers in this 22nd episode.

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Nov 20, 2011

The Entrance of the Bishop

In the first 20 episodes of Worship in Spirit and in Truth, Fr. Thomas gave us the background and basis for our eucharistic worship. He now begins his walk through the Divine Liturgy itself beginning with the entrance of the bishop and clergy leading up to the start of the Liturgy.

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Oct 10, 2011

The Mystery of Mysteries

The West identifies seven sacraments, but how does the Orthodox Church view such things? Fr. Tom teaches on the place of the Eucharist in the sacramental life of the Church.

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Sep 22, 2011

Clergy and Laity - Additional Reflections

Fr. Tom takes some additional time to teach on the meaning and roles of the clergy and laity when it comes to Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth.

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Sep 10, 2011

Worship as Clergy and Laity

What do we mean when we say "clergy and laity"? Fr. Tom says there is a real sense in which we are all both!

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Aug 25, 2011

The Divine Liturgy and Physical Place

Is there a prescribed physical place where the liturgy is to be served or not served? Fr. Tom traces the history from the "house church" to the present day.

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Aug 14, 2011

The Divine Liturgy and Place

Where is the Divine Liturgy to be celebrated and by whom? Fr. Tom traces the early practice of the Church and relates it to what we are doing today.

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Jul 31, 2011

The Divine Liturgy and Time

How does time relate to our worship and prayer both corporately and privately? Fr. Thomas tells us how the Church looks at time.

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Jul 14, 2011

The Divine Liturgy and Personal Prayer

Some say they go to church to "pray," but is that why we gather together as a Eucharistic Community? Fr. Tom explains the differences between our worship together and our personal prayer life.

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Jul 04, 2011

Worship in the Apostolic Writings

How did the New Testament Church worship? Fr. Thomas shows a specific structural practice that Orthodox worship today is based on.

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Jun 16, 2011

Jesus and the Worship of God

How do people worship when they believe in Jesus? Fr. Tom looks at the four Gospels to think through what they say about Jesus relative to the worship of God.

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May 28, 2011

Daniel and the Three Youths - Part 2

Fr. Tom now looks at the story of the three youths in the flaming furnace and the beautiful correlation to our worship as Orthodox Christians.

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May 25, 2011

Daniel and the Three Youths

Fr. Tom continues to look at worship in the Old Testament as a prelude to his in-depth teaching on the Divine Liturgy. Today is part one of a two-part episode concentrating on Daniel and the Three Youths. He begins with an overview of Daniel.

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May 10, 2011

Worship and the Prophets

The Prophets in the Old Testament had a lot to say about sacrifices that are unacceptable to God. Fr. Thomas explores how they relate to our worship of God today.

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Apr 21, 2011

Joshua, Judges, and the Kings of Israel

Fr. Thomas shows us the patterns of obedience and disobedience in the Old Testament rulers and how that relates to worshipping God in spirit and in truth.

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Apr 06, 2011

The Passover Exodus

In this important episode, Fr. Thomas shows how the Passover Exodus pre-figures the work of Christ and how that relates to our worship today.

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Mar 03, 2011

Abraham’s Worship

There are so many images of Christ, the Trinity, and our worship as Orthodox Christians in the Old Testament but perhaps none so powerful as the story of Abraham.

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Feb 18, 2011

Noah’s Worship

What made Noah's worship a sweet-smelling savor to God?

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Feb 10, 2011

Worship in Genesis

Fr. Thomas Hopko looks at Abel and Cain and why one offered acceptable worship and the other did not.

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Jan 27, 2011

Created to Worship

Fr. Tom talks about how human beings are created by God for worship in spirit and in truth.

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Jan 12, 2011

It’s All About the Gospel

In the second installation of his new series, Fr. Tom Hopko talks about the biblical and evangelical nature of the Divine Liturgy. True worship in Christ and the Holy Spirit.

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Jan 10, 2011

Introduction to Worship in Spirit and Truth

Fr. Thomas Hopko begins a brand new series taking us through the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church.

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