The Divine Liturgy

The normal Sunday morning service is called the Divine Liturgy. With sermon, it lasts about an hour and a half. A small booklet is available in the narthex to help you follow the service. It includes most of the peoples sung parts that are the same for each service which is as follows:

  • Responsive prayers called litanies.
  • Praise, usually Psalms 103 and 147 and the Beatitudes (St. Matthew 5: 3-12)
  • Procession with the Gospel Book
  • Hymns of the day, on Sundays especially of the Resurrection, and the hymn Holy God.
  • Epistle and Gospel readings and sermon
  • The Great Entrance, a solemn procession carrying the Gifts of bread and wine to the altar, representing the offering of our lives to God
  • The Nicene Creed, the summary of the Faith
  • The Eucharistic Prayer. We “lift up our hearts” to join the angels in singing Holy, Holy, Holy and offering thanksgiving (Eucharist) to God for all His works, especially remembering Christ’s saving work, and asking the Holy Spirit to transform our Gifts into Christ’s Body and Blood. It concludes with the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Communion. Orthodox who are prepared by prayer, repentance, a recent confession and fasting receive the Holy Gifts as a means of union with Christ. Our children receive because God’s work in us is not limited to what we can understand.