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By Nikolai Gogol

With a brand new topic and scriptural index, in addition to a brief summary on Nikolai Gogol as a spiritual character, this reedited observation at the Divine Liturgy—the fundamental public worship provider of the Orthodox Church—is as functional because it is mystical. Gogol, some of the most well-known Russian writers of the nineteenth century, attracts from the early Church Fathers and his personal adventure to give an explanation for the elegant secret of the Orthodox divine prone. In doing so, he additionally presents a desirable investigate his personal spiritual personality and profound liturgical spirituality.

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23), and the priest begins with the words: Blessed is our God, always, now and ever, and to the ages of ages, (DLJC p. 23) and goes to the table of oblation at the side. This entire part of the service consists of the preparation of what is needed for the service, that is, the removal from the prosphoron that portion which at first must represent the body of Christ and later be changed into It. The table at the side, to the left of the altar, called the prothesis (that is, “table of offering or preparation,” because on it the loaves are prepared), represents the place in the early Church where everything that the early Christians brought for the service and for their common meal was kept.

105). The deacon says: Ye faithful, let us pray for the catechumens that the Lord will have mercy on them. That He will catechize them with the word of truth. That He will reveal unto them the Gospel of righteousness. That He will unite them to His Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Save them, have mercy on them, help them, and keep them, O God, by Thy grace. (DLJC pp. 105–107) The faithful, realizing how unworthy they are to be addressed as believers, pray for the catechumens, for themselves and after every petition of the deacon, they say in contrition of heart after the singers: Lord, have mercy (DLJC pp.

He who comes and He who will come again”), it symbolizes the eternal coming of God. This word accompanies such holy acts that indicate the Lord Himself going out to the people in the form of the Gospel or the Holy Gifts. The Gospel, which proclaims the word of life, is placed on the holy table. The choirs sing hymns in honor of the feast of the day or the troparia and hymns in honor of the saint whose day the Church is celebrating, for the saint has become like those whom Christ mentions in the Beatitudes and because he has shown by the living example of his own life how we can rise with Christ to eternal life.

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