Monday, October 31, 2011

The Little Entrance- Divine Liturgy series


Continuing the series on the Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy, we are at the point in the Liturgy where the priest and altar servants procession with the Gospel book:

LITTLE ENTRANCE
The priest makes three bows, then a procession is formed and the priest carries the Gospel Book around the Altar.
PRIEST (silently): O Lord, our Master and God, Who in heaven established orders and armies of angels and archangels for the service of Your glory, make this our entrance to be an entrance of holy angels, serving together with us, and with us glorifying Your goodness. For to You is due all glory, honor and worship, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.
Making the sign of the cross towards the Altar, he says:
Blessed is the entrance of Your saints, always, now and ever, and forever.
The priest kisses the Gospel Book, elevates it and says aloud:
PRIEST: Wisdom! Be attentive!
PEOPLE: Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ.
PEOPLE: O Son of God, risen from the dead, save us who sing to You. Alleluia.

There are many wonderful theologically rich commentaries on our Liturgy that you can find on the internet, so I will just say this- at this point in the Liturgy, I think to myself- wow....we Byzantines are really Bible believers to love the Gospel so much. 

I hope you all have a blessed All Hallow's Eve (yes, All Saints' Day is a Roman-rite feast)- and don't forget to write a comment in my 'little giveaway' post if you are interested in being entered to win.
and this Ukrainian Catholic parish has a good website on the Divine Liturgy

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