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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship as Clergy and Laity

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

We have been saying in these reflections on the Divine Liturgy that the Divine Liturgy is the common work of the Church as a whole. It is the worship of the Church. It is not simply a common act of people who may gather themselves together. It is certainly not simply prayer in the sense that you have to go to church or you can only pray at church. We obviously are called to pray in church, but we are to pray in our rooms, we are to shut the door, we are to pray in…

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The Divine Liturgy and Physical Place

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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.

We reflected last time about the fact that the place of the Divine Liturgy is the Church. It is the gathering of the baptized, chrismated faithful people in the Church as Church, the Church of God, the Church of Christ, the Church of the final covenanted community. The place of the Divine Liturgy is in people. It’s in an assembly or gathering of people. That’s where the Divine Liturgy takes place. Of course, the Church is a visible community in the world:…

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The Divine Liturgy and Place

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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.

We continue our reflections on the Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox Church in this series that we call Worship in Spirit and in Truth. This is the 16th podcast in this particular series on this topic. Today we want to reflect on the place of the Divine Liturgy, meaning the location: where is the Eucharistic Divine Liturgy celebrated. The answer to that question is rather direct and simple. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated where the Church is, where the official…

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Clergy and Laity - Additional Reflections

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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.

As we reflect on and comment on the Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox Church, we reflected last time about clergy and laity, and we said that in some sense the entire Church is clergy and the entire Church is laity, or perhaps we could put it the other way around: the entire Church is laity in the sense that we are all laos—laos is where you get the term “laity”—that we all belong to the people of God: bishops, presbyters, deacons,…

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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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