Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Divine Liturgy (2)

The Divine Liturgy is the primary worship service of the Church. The most commonly celebrated forms of the Divine Liturgy are the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, the Liturgy of St. Basil, but there are others such as the Liturgy of St. James; the Liturgy of St. Mark; the Liturgy of St. Gregory the Great and the Liturgy of St. Tikhon of Moscow. The Divine Liturgy is a Eucharistic service. It contains two parts: the Liturgy called the Liturgy of the Word, at which the scriptures are proclaimed and expounded, and the Liturgy of the Faithful, sometimes called the Liturgy of the Eucharist, in which the gifts of bread and wine are offered and consecrated.

Graphic: Icon, Divine liturgy, second half of the seventeenth century, Crete

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