The Kingdom Proclaimed by the Angels and Prophets

The second part of the Divine Liturgy bears the name, “The Liturgy of the Catechumens.” It is named thus because catechumens – those preparing to receive holy baptism – are permitted to be present while it is served. Besides catechumens, Jews and pagans [unbelievers] could be present at this portion also, if they desired to hear the service. In ancient times this whole section of the Liturgy took place in the middle of the church [the nave]. In those days, there were not yet set prayers because from the mouths of the faithful worshippers sprang forth fiery hymns and brief prayerful sighs, from which later our [current] songs and litanies were composed.

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Proskomedia: The Liturgy of Preparation

My friends, if you are asked, “Who are you?” How would you answer? Answer in this way – a Christian! Yes – Christian – what an honorable name. For this name the first Christians did not spare even their own lives; for this name the martyrs received terrible sufferings, even unto death. What delineates a person with the title of Christian from everything else? [Communion in] the Life-creating Chalice. A Christian – out of all the peoples of the world – is one who receives of the Divine nature of Christ the Savior.((Cf. 2 Peter 1:4)) A Christian partakes of Communion at the Divine Liturgy – this is why he must treasure the Liturgy beyond measure. I tell you again, count the day as lost in which you were not able to be present at the Divine Service. For it is the Divine Lampada, lit by Christ the Savior Himself; it is the diamond purchased with His very Blood.

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The Purity of the Mother of God and the Theotokos Prayer Rule

In this post, my dear reader, you will find sermon seven on the Divine Liturgy, by St. Seraphim (Zvezdinsky). Translating is very instructive. A number of times I’ve encountered references to certain things or practices that I am unfamiliar with. This provides the opportunity for me to study out that aspect a little more. In this particular sermon, St. Seraphim references at its end “the Theotokos Prayer Rule.” Although he does provide a brief explanation of its practice, I was intrigued and decided to investigate this particular prayer rule a little more.

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A Heavenly Outline

Below the reader will find my continued work in translating the sermons of New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Zvezdinski) on the Divine Liturgy. May these sermons deepen in us a love and awe for the holy and divinely revealed worship of the Church.

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The Unbreakable Divine Liturgy

I’m pleased to present more of the sermons of St. Seraphim (Zvezdinski) on the Divine Liturgy, which I have been working to translate from Russian. They speak for themselves, I pray your zeal for the worship of God in the Divine Liturgy will increase through the words of this beautiful New Martyr.

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The Temple of the Living God

My dear readers, below you will find a translation of a sermon by the New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Zvezdinski). It is the first of twenty two sermons specifically on the subject of the Divine Liturgy. It is, as far as I know, the first time it appears in English.

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The Nearness of Martyrdom

The Nearness of Martyrdom

The world tries to claim that the time of confessors and martyrs belongs to those first three centuries of the Christian church. It was during that Roman pagan period that Christians were martyred. We have images of the Colosseum and we’re reminded of those souls who were cast before lions and gladiators and lost their lives in this way. But historians tell us that in the 20th century more Christians were put to death in the USSR under the atheistic communists than in the entire first three centuries of the church.

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