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The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts of St. Gregory the Great: Orthodox Service Books - Number 3 By Fr. Joseph Irvin
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The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is a Byzantine Rite liturgical service which is performed during Great Lent wherein communion is received from Gifts (the Body and Blood of Christ) that are... More > sanctified (consecrated) in advance, hence its name. Great Lent is a season of repentance, fasting, and intensified prayer when the more frequent reception of communion is desirable; yet the joyful character of the full Divine Liturgy is not in keeping with this somberness, so the Presanctified is substituted. It is normally celebrated on Wednesdays, Fridays, and some feast days, the 5th Thursday of Lent, and on the first three days of Holy Week. It was first documented by Pope St. Gregory I (540–604), who had been the Papal Legate to Constantinople. At one time it was supposed that he had composed the Liturgy himself, but now it is generally thought that he simply recorded what was otherwise being practiced at Constantinople. In the Presanctified Liturgy itself, he is still commemorated as its traditional author.< Less
The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts of St. Gregory the Great: Orthodox Service Books - Number 3 By Fr. Joseph Irvin
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The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is a Byzantine Rite liturgical service which is performed during Great Lent wherein communion is received from Gifts (the Body and Blood of Christ) that are... More > sanctified (consecrated) in advance, hence its name. Great Lent is a season of repentance, fasting, and intensified prayer when the more frequent reception of communion is desirable; yet the joyful character of the full Divine Liturgy is not in keeping with this somberness, so the Presanctified is substituted. It is normally celebrated on Wednesdays, Fridays, and some feast days, the 5th Thursday of Lent, and on the first three days of Holy Week. It was first documented by Pope St. Gregory I (540–604), who had been the Papal Legate to Constantinople. At one time it was supposed that he had composed the Liturgy himself, but now it is generally thought that he simply recorded what was otherwise being practiced at Constantinople. In the Presanctified Liturgy itself, he is still commemorated as its traditional author.< Less
Great Vespers: Orthodox Service Books - Number 5 By Fr. Joseph Irvin
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The Vespers service (1st service of the liturgical day) is meant to remind us of the Old Testament period, the creation of the world, the first human beings fall into sin, their expulsion from... More > Paradise, their repentance and prayer for salvation, the hope of mankind in accordance with the promise of God for a Savior and ending with the fulfillment of that promise. Vespers takes us through creation, sin, and salvation in Christ. It leads us to the meditation of God’s word and the glorification of his love for men. It prepares us for the sleep of the night and the dawn of the new day to come. On the evening before the Divine Liturgy, it prepares us for communion with God in the sacramental mysteries. Before the 4th c. allusions to the evening prayer are found in the earlier Fathers. At the beginning of the 2nd c., Pliny the Younger speaks of liturgical reunions of the Christians in the morning and in the evening. Vespers is, therefore, together with Vigils, the most ancient Office known in the Church.< Less
Memorial, Funeral & Burial Services: Orthodox Service Books - Number 7 By Fr. Joseph Irvin
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Memorial, funeral and burial services for Orthodox and non-Orthodox for use by Orthodox priests.

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