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A Manual of The Orthodox Church’s Divine Services
Archpriest D. Sokolof
“By ‘Divine Service’ the Orthodox Christian Church means a series of prayers, recited or sung in a given order, with certain ceremonies, by means of which prayers Orthodox Christians glorify God and His Saints, express their thanks and offer their petitions, and through the performance of which they receive from God mercies and the grace of the Holy Spirit. Divine service is private or domestic when it is performed in private by one or several persons; it is public when it is performed in the name of the whole Church, or of a community of Christians, by persons authorized to do so. The prayers used in public warship are divided into two categories: those for permanent services, i.e., services performed daily for the benefit of all Christians, and those for occasional services, i.e., services which are performed only on certain occasions, according to the special needs of the faithful, and therefore called tréba, a word which, translated, means ‘need.’”
—“Preliminary Ideas: The Nature of Divine Service”
The Nature of Divine Service
The Origin of Divine Service
External Signs Used In Divine Service
The Christian Church Building
Names of the Various Church Buildings and Their Origin
The Internal Arrangement of Churches
The Sanctuary and Its Articles
The Chapel of the Prothesis and Its Articles
The Vestry and Its Articles
The Nave or Body of the Church
Vestibule and Porch
Articles For Divine Services
Illumination: Lampadas, Candelabra and Candlesticks.
The Persons Who Perform Divine Services, and Their Vestments
The Sacred Vestments
The Antiquity of the Vestments.
The Sticharion or Tunic.
The Orarion and the Epitrachelion.
The Maniples, or Cuffs, and Zone, or Belt.
The Phelonion or Cope and the Saccos.
The Miter, the Skull-cap (“Kamilavka”) and the Scuffia.
The Epigonation or “Pálitsa,” and the Thigh-shield (“Nabédrennik”)
The Pectoral Cross, the Panagia, the Crosier and the Orlets (Eagle Rug).
The Daily, Weekly, and Yearly Cycle of Services
The Daily Cycle of Services.
The Weekly Cycle of Services.
The Yearly Cycle.
The Paschal Feast
Combinations of Daily Services.
The Daily Services
The Beginning of the Service and the Introductory Psalm
The Great Ecténia
The Small Ectenia
The Verses of the Psalms, “Lord, I Have Cried,” and Their Stichéra.
Vespers Introit and Doxology
The Triple Ectenia and the Ectenia of Supplication
Conclusion of Vespers.
The Litiá and the Blessing of the Loaves (Artoklasia)
“The Six Psalms.”
The Great Ectenia, “God is the Lord," and the Kathismata.
The Magnification and the Sunday Troparia.
The Antiphons at Matins.
Veneration of the Gospel or the Icon, and Anointing with Oil
The Scriptural Odes and the Canon.
The Psalms of Praise, and the Stichera on “the Praises.”
The Great Doxology.
End of Matins and the First Hour.
Concerning the Liturgy
1. The Proskomédia
2. The Liturgy of the Catechumens.
Meaning of the Liturgy of the Catechumens, Its Component Parts and Its Beginning
The Typical Psalms and the Antiphons
The Entry with Gospel.
The Trisagion (“Thrice-Holy”)
The Readings From the Apostle and the Gospel.
Common Prayers for the Members of the Church and Departure of the Catechumens
3. The Liturgy of the Faithful
What the Liturgy of the Faithful Represents, and the Principal Acts Which Compose It
(A.) Preparation of the Elements and the Faithful for the Sacrifice
The Great Entry
Petition for Spiritual Mercies, Exhortation to Love and Peace, and Profession of Faith.
Invitation to Attend.
(B.) The Fulfillment of the Sacrament
The Prayer of Thanksgiving, the Offering, and Consecration of the Gifts.
Commemorating the Members of the Church
(C.) The Preparation for Communion and the Act of Communion
The Preparation of the Faithful for Communion.
The Preparation of the Gifts for Communion and the Communion of the Celebrants
The Communion of Laymen
The Blessing and the Last Appearance of the Holy Gifts Before the People.
(D.) Conclusion of the Service
Giving Thanks for Communion.
Blessing for Going Forth Out of the Church;—Prayer Recited Before the Ambo;—Distribution of Holy Bread or Antidoron;—and Dismissal
Special Features of Divine Service On Feast-Days and In Fast-Times
Immovable Feasts and Fasts
The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.
The Universal Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord
The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
The Nativity of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Baptism of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Meeting of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Day of the Holy and Most Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul.
The Transfiguration of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
The Dormition of the Mother of God.
The Beheading of the Honorable Glorious Prophet and Forerunner, John the Baptist
The Procession of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross
Movable Feasts and Fasts
The Weeks of Preparation for Lent
Peculiarities of Lenten Services.
The Lenten Hours.
The Liturgy of the Presanctified.
Special Features of the Services In Each Week of Great Lent
Special Features of the Services On Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday
Special Features of the Services On the First Three Days of Passion Week.
Special Features of the Services On Great and Holy Thursday.
Special Features of the Services On Great and Holy Friday.
Special Features of the Services On Great and Holy Saturday.
Special Features of the Services On the Day of Holy Pascha.
Special Features of the Services From the Paschal Week to All-Saints’ Sunday
The Different Ministrations
Administering the Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation.
Prayer For a Woman Who Hath Given Birth to a Child, and Naming the Child
Prayer on the Fortieth Day After Birth
The Rite of Reception Among the Catechumens.
Exorcism,—the Renunciation of the Devil,—the Declaration of the desire to join Christ, the Profession of Faith, and the Worship of the Holy Trinity.
The Order of Baptism and Chrismation
The Rites of Ablution and Tonsure.
The Rite of Joining the Church.
The Rite of Admission Into the Orthodox Church of Followers of Other Christian Confessions
The Rite of Anointing Tsars at Their Coronation
The Order of the Consecration of a Church.
Rite at the Laying of the Foundation of a Church
The Rite of the Consecration of a Church.
Consecration by a Bishop.
The Rite of the Consecration of a Church by a Priest
The Rite of Confession.
The Rite of the Sacrament of Orders
The Ordination of a Deacon
The Ordination of a Presbyter (Priest)
The Consecration of a Bishop
The Order of the Sacrament of Matrimony.
The Rite of Betrothal
The Rite of Marriage
Conditions of the Legality of a Marriage
The Order for a Second Marriage
The Sacrament of Holy Unction.
The order of the moleben with canon
The moleben without canon
The Order of the Consecration (Tonsure) of a Monk.
The Order of Investing With the Robe.
The Order of the Lesser Schema.
The Order of the Great Schema, or Highest Angelic State.
Consecration of an Abbot or Archimandrite.
The Burial and Commemoration of the Dead
The Prayers for a Departing Soul.
The Preparation of a Deceased Christian’s Body for Burial.
The Reading of the Psalter by the Coffin and the Requiem Services
The Bearing forth of the Body to the Church.
The Funeral Service.
Burial, or Laying the Body in the Grave.
Prayers and Rites After the Burial
Special Features of the Burial of Priests and Babes.
Books Containing the Divine Service.
Item Number: BKIPG590
Publication Data: Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Monastery, 2001
Number of Pages: vi + 176
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.7 cm × 15.3 cm × 1.1 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
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