A Personal Invitation from Christ to You

A Personal Invitation from Christ to You

So, faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  I Corinthians 13:13   Good morning Prayer Team! With the fear of God, faith and love, draw near. (The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Holy Cross Seminary Press, 2016 Translation) The long journey of the...

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The Final Preparation of the Eucharist

The Final Preparation of the Eucharist

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  Revelation 21:2 Good morning Prayer Team! In the early centuries of the church, the faithful used to commune in a similar way as the clergy.  They approached...

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The readings in liturgy

The readings in liturgy

After the Thrice-Holy Hymn, we have the Readings: the Epistle, that is a portion of some Apostolic text (from the Acts of the Apostles or an Epistle by an Apostle) and the Gospel, that is an extract from one of the four Gospels. We stand while the Gospel is being...

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Behold, I Approach Christ our King and God

Behold, I Approach Christ our King and God

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifte up; and His train filled the temple.  Above Him stood the Seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet and with two...

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I Believe, Lord, and Confess

I Believe, Lord, and Confess

Martha said to Jesus, “Yes, Lord; I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, He who is coming into the world.”  John 11:27   Good morning Prayer Team! Holy Communion is awesome!  How ordinary substances of bread and wine can be transformed into the Body and Blood...

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Broken, but Undivided

Broken, but Undivided

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?  The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?  Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the...

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Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights!  Psalm 148:1   Good morning Prayer Team! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the highest.  Alleluia. After the short hymn “One is Holy,” a Communion hymn is sung by the people as they...

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The Liturgy of the Catechumens

The Liturgy of the Catechumens

The first part of the Divine Liturgy is called the Liturgy of the Catechumens. In early Christian times, when Christians were baptized at an older age, there were catechumens, that is people who had not yet been baptized, but were taking catechism lessons, in other words they were getting to...

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ONE is Holy, ONE is Lord

ONE is Holy, ONE is Lord

Good morning Prayer Team!   One is Holy, one is Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.  We’ve all been to pep rallies.  We’ve all cheered on a favorite team.  I remember when I was in high school that at football games, there were many cheers. ...

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The Holy Gifts for the Holy People of God

The Holy Gifts for the Holy People of God

God said “Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be Holy; for I the Lord your God am holy.”  Leviticus 19:2   Good morning Prayer Team! Let us be attentive.  The Holy Gifts for the holy people of God. For the first time since the...

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