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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth

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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Joshua, Judges, and the Kings of Israel

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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.

We have been reflecting on the Old Testament preparations and prefigurations of worship in spirit and truth that come to the world in Jesus the Messiah, the Christ. So far we have meditated about how human beings were created for worship, how the apostasy of humanity against God is a failure of worship, a failure of being doxological and eucharistic, giving glory and gratitude. We reflected on the sacrificial worship of Cain and Abel and that whole story in Genesis,…

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The Trisagion Prayers - Part 6

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

We are commenting now on the Divine Liturgy of the Byzantine Church, the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom [and that of] St. Basil as it’s done today in our churches all around the world and particularly here in North America. We last time began our commentary on the entrance into the holy place with the holy Gospel and the incensing of the altar and the altar area and all the people by the bishop, the singing of the “Eis Polla Eti, Despota”…

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The Trisagion Prayers - Part 4

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

I had hoped, in my last podcast, that I would be able to finish my reflections and commentaries about what is prayed and sung and said and done at the time of the singing of the Trisagion, the Thrice-holy Hymn, at the Divine Liturgy when the celebrant is a presbyter (or a priest). I thought that I would finish, and so I said, “Next time we’ll speak about when the celebrant is a bishop.” However, there are just a couple more things that I would like…

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The Trisagion Prayers - Part 3

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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.

We are continuing today in this series, Worship in Spirit and in Truth, our commentary and reflection on the Divine Liturgy as it is served in the Orthodox Church and churches of the Byzantine rite today in our time, how this is done, and how we are to understand it. What I’d like to do today is to go back a bit and to just speak about how this entrance with the gospel book and the singing of the various hymns and the entrance into the altar area and…

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Only Begotten Son and Word of God

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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.

We are reflecting now on the antiphons, the part of the Divine Liturgy following the Great Litany and the prayer that ends that litany. We mentioned last time that we have three antiphons. They’re called antiphons, very often sung in a responsorial manner or with two choirs, that they consist of lines from the psalms and then short refrains of a hymnological nature that are inserted between the lines of the psalms. Then the third antiphon, the normal one would…

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The Great Litany - Part 7

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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.

In our last podcast, reflecting on the Great Litany with which the Divine Liturgy begins, and indeed which most of the services of the Church do begin—vespers, matins, sacramental services, baptisms, marriages—you always kind of set up, you locate the gathering and the concerns of the gathering in that opening litany as the Liturgy is celebrated today. What we want to do today is to conclude by discussing and thinking about this very last—it’s…

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