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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth

The Offertory Prayers

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Today Fr. Tom speaks about the importance of the offertory prayers said after the Great Entrance. In particular, he talks about how they are prayed in the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.

Friends, this is Fr. Thomas Hopko, reflecting on the Divine Liturgy as celebrated today in the Eastern Orthodox Church and in some of the Greek Catholic churches that use the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and also the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. In the Liturgy of the Faithful, as we mentioned already several times, once we come to the Liturgy of the Faithful, you have two sets of prayers. The prayers differ between the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the Liturgy…

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The Bread and the Wine

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

We’re now into the Liturgy of the faithful in these last podcasts, and we went through the various preparatory activities that take place at the altar in the sanctuary with the singing of the Cherubic Hymn, that those preparations are a personal prayer for the clergy. Then there is the incensing of the altar area and the people. There is the recitation of the 51st Psalm, and the clergy themselves three times recite the Cherubic Hymn. At the end of that, the…

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The Passover Exodus

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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.

This is the seventh in our series on Worship in Spirit and Truth, the worship in the New Testament, and very particularly a commentary on the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church, the two Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom [and] St. Basil the Great. I will be commenting on these two liturgical services, eucharistic services, in great detail as this series of podcasts continues, but today what we want to do is to continue in our reflection on the prefigurations…

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Abraham’s Worship

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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.

We’re continuing now our reflections on worship in spirit and in truth. This is number six in the series, and it has to do with the Patriarch Abraham in the book of Genesis. As I said already and will continue to do this, we need to reflect on worship and sacrifice and offering to God in the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets in order to understand, deeply and accurately, what we are doing in the new covenant in Christ in the worship in spirit and in truth in…

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Noah’s Worship

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

Last time, we reflected on the first worship offered by human beings outside Paradise in the story of Cain and Abel, and we said that this story is kind of an archetypical story of the whole problematic of worship and sacrifice among human beings. The basic vision that we came to was that there is an innate need for human beings to worship, even to sacrifice. The fact that humans are creatures are felt by human beings, and so when they are estranged from…

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Worship in Genesis

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

We said last time that we really cannot understand Christian worship. We cannot understand worship in spirit and truth, worship in Christ and the Holy Spirit. The Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church, the eucharistic service: we cannot understand this without having a biblical mind, without having an accurate, correct, and deep understanding of the Scriptures, of the Christian Scriptures, the Hebrew Christian Scriptures—the Bible, basically. Because, as we…

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The Divine Liturgy and Time

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

We continue now with our commentary on the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church, and today we would like to comment and reflect on the relationship of the Divine Liturgy, the eucharistic Liturgy, to time, to the time of day, the time of week, the time of the year, various seasons. How does the eucharistic Divine Liturgy—and here, very particularly, the Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great—how do these Liturgies relate to time?


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The Divine Liturgy and Personal Prayer

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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.

We’ve come now to the point where we really want to start speaking about the Divine Liturgy very specifically, very directly, and particularly the Divine Liturgies of Ss. John Chrysostom and Basil the Great, as now celebrated or ought to be celebrated, supposed to be celebrated, in the Orthodox Church. When we think about the Divine Liturgy, which is the formal gathering of the Church of God in Christ, the Church of Christ, in the Spirit, to enter into communion…

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Worship and the Prophets

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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.

We want to reflect today, as we prepare ourselves to comment on the Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox Church, we want to prepare today by very simple and superficial, but nevertheless very important reflection on worship in the Prophets, the prophetic writings of the Old Testament. What we find in the Prophets—in all of them, literally all of them… Of course, we have the major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel… We Christians add, of course, Daniel…

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Jesus and the Worship of God

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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.

We continue preparing ourselves for our detailed commentaries on the Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great, specifically, I should say, as these Liturgies are now celebrated in the Orthodox Church. Today we just want to say a few words about Jesus and the worship of God. We reflected on the Old Testament. We went through Genesis. We spoke about Cain and Abel and their sacrifices. We spoke about Abraham and Noah, and Abraham, the passover exodus,…

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