WBAndrew - Antiochian Orthodox Christian: Western Rite Service Book
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
1996, New Hardcover, 364pp.
Graciously hear us, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty Everlasting God; and vouchsafe to send Thy Holy Angel from heaven, to guard and cherish, to protect and visit, to defend all who dwell in this Thy Holy Habitation, through Christ our Lord. Amen
The Faith of the Orthodox Church is universal, transcending differences of geography and culture. Her worship, on the other hand, has always been sensitive to the diverse cultural and linguistic expressions of the Faith throughout the world.
During the first thousand years, before Christianity experienced the Great Schism between the East and the West, the five great centers, or Patriarchates, of Rome, Constatinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem held the Orthodox Christian Faith in common, but used different Eucharistic liturgies to express that Faith. When the Church of Rome broke with Orthodox Christianity, it took with it the ancient liturgies of the previously Orthodox Christian West.
Before that time, there would have been no difficulty in stating that the Western Rite of Orthodoxy was simply the Liturgy as used by Orthodox Christians in the West. As years passed, however, Western Rite Liturgy erroneously came to be identified with the theological errors of the Western Church, while the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom increasingly came to be seen as the only definitive form of Orthodox Christian Eucharistic worship.
This had the unfortunate effect of Orthodoxy's forgetting, and even denying, the riches of a thousand years of Western Orthodox Christian history, witness, and spirituality as seen in the lives of St. Patrick, St. Bede, St. Augustine of Canterbury, St. Benedict, St. Vincent of Lerins, St. Gregory the Great, and so many others.
This Service Book includes the daily offices of Matins and Vespers, the Eucharistic Liturgies, and the sacramental rites, as well as devotional materials approved for use within the Archdiocese by Western Rite Orthodox congregations.
There are two forms of the Divine Liturgy. One is the revision of the Gregorian Liturgy, corrected in light of Orthodox Faith and practice, as approved in 1870 by the Russian Holy Synod and subsequent Orthodox Patriarchs. The other, the Liturgy of St. Tikhon, is based upon the English usage and was corrected and approved by the Russian Holy Synod in 1904. It is named after St. Tikhon because it was he who, when serving as missionary bishop in America, was instrumental in securing its original approval.
Table of Contents
* Table of Fast and Abstinence
* The Order for Matins
* The Order for Vespers
* Prayers and Thanksgivings
* The Litany
* The Divine Liturgy of St. Tikhon
* The Divine Liturgy of St Gregory
* Administration of Holy Communion in Exceptional Circumstances
* Veneration of the Blessed Sacrament
* Order for the Sacrament of Penance
* The Office for Ash Wednesday
* Palm Sunday
* Stations of the Cross
* The Order for Holy Baptism
* Presentation of a Convert
* The Sacrament of Matrimony
* Thanksgiving after Childbirth
* Public Annointing of the Sick
* The Order for the Burial of the Dead
* The Psalter
Ye who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, follwing the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in His holy ways; Draw near with faith, and take this Holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling.
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