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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth

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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Worship in the Apostolic Writings

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

When we begin our detailed commentary on the Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great—and we’re getting closer to actually beginning that; don’t despair!—I still think that it is important for us to do one more thing, and that is to take the time today to reflect on worship in spirit and in truth according to the apostolic writings of the New Testament Scriptures, the writings attributed to St. Paul and to Peter to James…

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The Trisagion Prayers - Part 2

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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?

We will continue today to reflect on the Trisagion, the Thrice-Holy Hymn, at the Liturgy of the Word, also called the Liturgy of the Catechumens, namely, the first part of the Divine Liturgy: where psalms are sung, where special hymns are sung, where the clergy enter into the altar area with the solemn singing of “O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ. Save us, O Son of God…” and we would say, “...who was risen from the dead”…

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The Great Litany - Part 3

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

We are reflecting on the Great Litany with which the Divine Liturgy begins, and indeed the vespers, the matins, the prayer services, the sacraments, virtually all liturgical prayer begins with the chanting of the Great Litany. Sometimes called the Litany of Peace, Ta Eirēnika, the Litany of Peace, because it begins with, “In peace let us pray to the Lord.”

We already reflected on that, that the prayer of the Christian Church on…

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It’s All About the Gospel

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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.

We have begun a series of commentaries on the Divine Liturgy, the eucharistic Divine Liturgy, and our commentary will be on the eucharistic Divine Liturgy as celebrated today in the Orthodox Church and in all of the Orthodox churches, in plural, throughout the entire world. The Eastern Orthodox Church, and all the Eastern Orthodox churches, celebrate the same liturgical worship, the rule of worship, the lex orandi, the rule of prayer, which is the…

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