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:
Why do we not make a prostration before the Cross on Great Friday of Holy Week, given that normally we always make prostrations before the Cross?
When crossing from one side of the Altar to the other by way of the High Place (i.e. behind the Holy Table), what actions / gestures should be taken as we walk directly behind the Holy Table?
Extensive questions-and-answers detailing specific liturgical practices preserved in the Church Abroad
A text entitled ‘To Serve in My Father’s House’ that outines the ethos of service in the Holy Altar