A Guide to Divine Liturgy
" Divine Liturgy " is the main Sunday Service in the Byzantine Tradition, i.e. the Eucharistic Service (Latin Catholics call their Divine Liturgy: "the Mass")
If you are unfamiliar with our Divine Liturgy, it may seem strange to you, but like any Eucharist in the Christian tradition, the central core has 2 essential parts:
The Liturgy of the Word of God (called in our tradition The Liturgy of the Catechumens ; and The Liturgy of Holy Communion (The Liturgy of the Faithful)
in addition to this are several short Hymns. The whole Liturgy is linked together by a series of Litanies.
A Brief outline of the Divine Liturgy1. Introductory Rites:
Little Entrance (& veneration of the Gospel Book)
3. Liturgy of the The Faithful [Liturgy of Holy Communion]
"Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me your statutes!"
Much of our Divine Services involves the praying of Litanies.
The Deacon will lead the Faithful in a series of Petitions: (e.g.: "...in peace let us pray unto the Lord.")
The Faithful respond by singing:
"Lord have mercy." about 83% of all Responses in our Church
"Grant this, O Lord." Used in a couple of the Litanies.
"To You, O Lord." The 2d last Response to each Litany
"Amen." The conclusion toall prayer.
Sing Along in Ukrainian!
(N.B: in Ukrainian, ALL vowels are short vowels, e.g. ö = got, ï = fit, etc.)
Lord, have mercy = " Hós-pö-dï Pö-mí-lou-wee "
To You, O Lord = " Tö -Bée, Hós-pö-dï "
Amen = " Ah -méen "
Grant this, O Lord = " Pö -dýe, Hós-pö-dï "
The general practice is to STAND in prayer for everything
Please sit if you are infirm, or elderly, etc.
At the very least you should stand for - the Gospel, -the Entrances, & from the Great Entrance until after Holy Communion
All Catholics are welcome & encouraged to receive provided they have fasted and go to Confession regularly
All Orthodox are encouraged to follow the Canons of their Church and are welcome toHoly Communion as well in the spirit of Oeconomia.
Everyone is welcome to receive the “Antidor”, theBlessed Bread at the end of Divine Liturgy
If you are receiving Holy Communion:
Fr. Roman Galadza