Liturgical Resources

Materials Relating to the Liturgical Practices of the Church

Liturgical Life in the Church Abroad

The liturgical life of the Church is central to the human creature’s experience of divine life and love, echoing on earth, by God’s direct command, the eternal worship of heaven. Orthodoxy’s worshipping practice is amongst her most sacred inheritances from the Apostles and Saints, and she maintains her unchanging doctrine within this timeless sacramental reality. We worship as God commands, believing as God instructs us to believe, thus coming to participate ever more fully in His life and in the transfiguration of the world.

Our Diocese is particularly committed to the education amongst clergy and laity of the rich liturgical heritage particular to our Church Abroad. Through the on-line publication of our extensive Liturgical Handbook, in particular, we provide practical and pastoral instruction on a wide range of liturgical practices that the ROCOR keeps in a unique way, true to the inheritance of her forefathers and part of the character she brings to the tapestry of Russian Orthodoxy in the modern world. This she does in a spirit of sanctity and reverence for the House of God and the divine worship undertaken there, and so we provide also a special text, ‘To Serve in My Father’s House…’, which articulates the special piety to be developed by all who are called to serve in the Holy Altar, of whatever age.

The resources in this area are meant to articulate, clearly and helpfully, elements of this tradition within the context of a world in which many other traditions are seen, that we may cling all the more fervently to the unique heritage entrusted to us by our Fathers.

Random Slections From our Liturgical Handbook:

Do we kneel or make prostrations in the Altar on Sundays? (We see in some places that clergy make prostrations during the anaphora of the Liturgy on Sundays, etc.)

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How is the standing candle positioned during the Entrance Prayers at an Hierarchical Liturgy?

of the Practices of the Russian Orthodox Church AbroadHandbook of Liturgical Practice of the Russian Church AbroadLiturgical Question:The...

At what points do we bow to the Bishop when his name is mentioned in the Divine Liturgy?

of the Practices of the Russian Orthodox Church AbroadHandbook of Liturgical Practice of the Russian Church AbroadLiturgical Question:We do not...

Are the nabedrennik and palitsa (rectangular- and diamond-shaped priestly awards) worn under the liturgical belt, or over it?

Liturgical Handbook of the Russian Orthodox Church AbroadQuestion:If awarded them, the priest wears the nabedrennik and/or palitsa...

What is the order for communing the clergy in the Altar, when multiple clergy concelebrate?

of the Practices of the Russian Orthodox Church AbroadHandbook of Liturgical Practice of the Russian Church AbroadLiturgical Question:When a Priest...

When a Bishop celebrates with one or more Priests, but without a Deacon, how does the service proceed? Which Diaconal responsibilities are taken up by the Priests, and which by the Bishop?

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Resources

Handbook of Liturgical Practice

Extensive questions-and-answers detailing specific liturgical practices preserved in the Church Abroad

Guidance for Altar Servers

A text entitled ‘To Serve in My Father’s House’ that outines the ethos of service in the Holy Altar

Ask a Liturgical Question

Submit a question about ROCOR liturgical practice or spirituality, to be answered by our Diocesan authorities

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