Author: Woolfenden, Gregory W.
One way in which we can increase the talents given to us by God is “to celebrate a service in splendor” and thereby “communicate the word to those untaught.” (From the Aposticha of the Matins of Great and Holy Tuesday.) A Practical Handbook for Divine Services will serve as an invaluable guide to all -- priests, deacons, servers, readers and singers --who seek to increase their God given talent in fulfilment of these words.
It will also encourage all the laity who desire to enter more fully into an understanding of the Church’s Typicon, the “rule” which governs how Divine worship is offered in the church, and to internalize the principles that underpin it. Whilst drawn from Russian sources, the texts also touch upon differences found in Greek usage. This is also a valuable resource for any student of Christian liturgy.
Great-Martyr Tsar Lazar was one of the greatest men in the history of the Serbian nation and the entire world. He ruled the Kingdom of Serbia, which was united by him, at a most pivotal moment in history. At a time when the Moslem horde was threatening to overrun all of Europe, this truly valiant leader, having been inspired by an angelic vision, sacrificed himself and his army at the fateful battle of Kosovo on June 15, 1389. Choosing the heavenly kingdom over the earthly one, he and his army went to victorious martyrdom. When receiving the Eucharist at the Divine Liturgy prior to battle, they all chanted in unison, “For the honorable Cross and golden freedom!”, followed by the famous words of St. Sava of Serbia, “Give up everything for Christ, but Christ for nothing!” As a result of the battle that Tsar Lazar waged on Kosovo Field, the Moslems never regained strength to take Western Europe. Thus, the Orthodox Kingdom of Serbia must always be acknowledged by Western Europe as that “sacrificial” kingdom which stood in the path of total Moslem captivity.
The Holy Great-Martyr Lazar was a sterling example of an Orthodox Christian monarch, both through his own pious life and trust in the Lord, and through his many acts of charity. During his reign he built and restored a great many churches and monasteries in his own country and abroad, including on Mount Athos. His holy and incorrupt relics lie to this day in Ravanica, a monastery that he himself founded.
This large-format book, printed in two colors and suitable for use in church, contains the Life of this Great-Martyr and a complete Vigil Service to the Saint, translated from Church Slavonic.
56 pages, illustrated, full-color cover, paperback
King James Version
American Bible Society (1991)
9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
This is intended both to help the worshipper to follow the service at the Vigil for Sunday held on Saturday night and to assist the choir in chanting the service. It contains the unvarying texts and rubrics regarding the insertion of the variable parts. The parts of the priest, deacon, reader and choir are clearly indicated. No musical notation is included. Traditional English language is used throughout.
This is a well-bound hardcover volume that contains all the material that is necessary from the perspective of the choir and people for the performance of the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and major Feast Days. It also includes the Third and Sixth Hours, the prayers before and after Communion, and variable texts from the Octoechos, Pentecostarion, Triodion and Menaion. Traditional English is used throughout.
This convenient pocket-sized book contains the necessary texts for the celebration of the liturgy of St Basil the Great by the priest and deacon, interpolated with comprehensive rubrical directions. Texts sung by the choir are also shown. The parallel format gives the Church Slavonic texts on the left page and the English on the right. The book includes the proskomedia, daily and festal dismissals, thanksgiving prayers, and special petitions. This smyth-sewn gold foil stamped hardback edition is printed in two colors, with rubrics in red. Includes two marking ribbons.
The Divine Liturgy: A Commentary in the Light of the Fathers by Hieromonk Gregorios, Elder of the Cell of St. John the Theologian, Koutloumousiou Monastery, Mount Athos, is the most important commentary on the Divine Liturgy published in recent memory. Based on the writings of the Holy Fathers of the Church, it draws the reader into "the mystery of God’s love; that it was given because He first loved us; and that from it we obtain the beneficence of becoming participants in Christ and images of His love."
Assiduously referenced, Fr. Gregorios begins by introducing the reader to the history and purpose of this great mystery of the Church. He then leads the reader through the entire service, from its preparation in the Rite of Kairos, through the concluding final dismissal of the faithful. The Divine Liturgy: A Commentary in the Light of the Fathers is a book for both newcomers to the holy Orthodox faith, and for those who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of its theology and symbolism leading to a more profound participation in sacrament of the Divine Eucharist.
NEW EDITION: With the blessing of the author, this new beautifully crafted edition has been enhanced with numerous small changes to the translation of the text. These changes include the replacement of some terminology from Western Christian to Orthodox. For example, Easterhas been replaced with Pascha, chasuble with phelonion, etc. The latinized spelling of some names have been updated to reflect their Greek pronunciation. For example, Macarius has been replaced with Makarios, Proclus with Proclos, Eudoxia with Evdoxia, and so on. American spelling conventions have been chosen for this edition, therefore Savior is used instead of Saviour, honorinstead of honour, etc. Finally, the book has been completely redesigned with the intention of making it easier to use in catechetical settings with three color printing and other enhancements.
This edition replaces the previously available softcover edition.