The Gift of Liturgy

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For some, the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church is at best a relic of the ancient world, foreign and mysterious or, at worst, an irrelevant and empty ritual. However, for those who enter into it, Liturgy both symbolizes and reveals the kingdom of heaven. Even more, liturgy grants the kingdom, that is communion with God, in the present moment. It transforms us into liturgical beings so that we are able to offer all of our life back to God, realizing the kingdom of Heaven in every moment, place, and circumstance.

"The Gift of Liturgy" was produced by members of our parish to introduce you to the gift of a liturgical life. As always, the best way to encounter the liturgy of the Orthodox faith is to come and see! WATCH NOW

In part 1, "The Kingdom of Heaven," Maria tells us about her first encounter with the Orthodox Divine Liturgy and why she felt she belonged in it. In part 2, "Divine Beauty" our choir director Jesse talks about how the rich content and sound of Byzantine chant reveals to us the goodness of God. In part 3, "Incarnation," Charles tells us how the practice of liturgy helped to manifest his faith throughout his life. In part 4, "Resurrection," one of our altar servers, Joshua, describes the way that liturgy reveals the way the light of Christ renews all things. In part 5, "Union," Laura tells how the experience of liturgy positively reorients her relationship with her neighbor, and Elaine describes her encounter with the expansive community of saints. In part 6, "Life," Campbell describes how the Divine Liturgy drew him into the catechumenate, and Fr. Matthew points to the fullness of life that grows out of becoming liturgical beings. To download a brief discussion guide, click here.