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The Divine Liturgy is the highlight of the Church's worship.

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Theme

The theme is The Mystical Supper.
During the Divine Liturgy, we remember all that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ did for our salvation, particularly The Mystical Supper (Last Supper). At the Mystical Supper, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Mystery of Holy Eucharist.

During the Divine Liturgy, we receive Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ through the words of the Gospel. and through the Holy Eurcharist. We gather to hear the Word of God (the Gospel) and to receive the Body and Blood of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Holy Eurcharist).

Also, the Resurrection According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is celebrated.

We remember

In the Divine Liturgy, we remember all that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ did for our salvation.

The Kingdom

The priest begins the Divine Liturgy by singing "Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.”

The people respond by singing "Amin" / "Amen”.

The priest annouces our destination, which is The Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

In the Kingdom we receive Holy God’s gift of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ in us when we partake of Holy Communion.

The seeds of God’s Kingdom were planted when the Catholic Church was founded by Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Principal Parts

There are four principal parts.

  • The preparation of the gifts, done privately at the left side table before the Divine Liturgy begins.
  • The Office of the Antiphons (from the Litany to the Little Entrance), a series of prayers and hymns glorifying Holy God and asking for his mercy.
  • The Service of the Word, (from "Holy God" to the Great Entrance), the first appearance of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ in the Divine Liturgy as Holy Scripture is read and proclaimed.
  • The Eucharistic Service (from the Great Entrance to the end), the gifts are brought to the altar, consecrated and distributed.

Three Divine Liturgies

There are three Divine Liturgies.

Divine Liturgy not celebrated during this time

From the time of the Crucifixion of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ at Matins of Great and Holy Friday celebrated on Great and Holy Thursday evening to Vespers of Pascha is celebrated on Great and Holy Saturday morning, Divine Liturgy is not celebrated and Holy Communion is not given. The reason is that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is in the Tomb. The world is in dark sadness because the Light of the World has been taken away.

History

The Divine Liturgy was set about 500-600 AD.

Liturgical Text

Melkite Greek-Catholic Liturgy The Melkite Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand, English and Arabic

Liturgical Texts Saint Ignatios of Antioch Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Augusta, Georgia, Click on The Knew and Sometimes Unusual, Eastern-rite Services

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