Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tentative Table of Contents






The Divine Liturgy Project
Table of Contents



I.)                   Editors Preface (~2 pages)

II.)                  The Orthodox Church
·         Apostolic and Biblical Origin (~10 pages)
o    The Christian Communities that Paul and the Apostles preached to were primarily Greek Speaking 
§  Apostolic Journeys and Martyrdom
§  Map of Epistles

o    The Christian communities established by Paul and the Apostles continued to preach the same Gospel and faithfully transmitted the Liturgical and Sacramental inheritance they were given from one generation to the next.

o    Development of Five Major Sees (called Patriarchates)- Rome, Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem
§  Apostolic Origin of Each See

·         Early Christian Persecution (~3 pages)

·         Spread of Orthodox Christianity (~3 pages)

·         Schism, Fall of Byzantium, and Persecution under the Ottomans (~5 pages)
o    Despite persecution, the Church continued to flourish underground
o    The catholic and missionary nature of the Church continued, producing many saints

·         Persecution under Communism (~2 pages)

·         Modern Day Orthodoxy (~4 pages)
o    The Orthodox Church has alone maintained the Apostolic Faith of Jesus Christ in its entirety.
o    Many Churches in the English Speaking world are affiliated with a particular ethnicity but the Catholic nature of the Orthodox church is to preach the Gospel to all humanity
o    The Orthodox Church is active in missionary work in 6 out of 7 continents.  It operates churches, orphanages, and clinics and comprises over 300 million members.
§  Current missionary work with photos


III.)                The Church-the Temple of God

·         The Design of the Orthodox Church (~4-5 pages)
o    The Orthodox Church as the Heavenly Temple
o    Orthodox Church design as fulfillment of the Temple in Jerusalem
o    Significance of Domes

·         Icons and the Iconostasis (~4 pages)
o     Brief History and Liturgical Use  (Reference St. Luke)

·         The Altar and Antimension (~4 pages)
o    Earliest Liturgies celebrated on graves of martyrs during persecution
o    Relics placed inside both Altar and Antimension

·         Sacred Vessels (~4 pages)
o    Chalice and Diskos
o    Lance/Spear
o    Communion “spoon”- actual translation tongs of Elijah
o    Veils

·          Incense (~2 pages)
o    Old Testament Origin.  Use in Ancient Temple in Jerusalem
o    Use in Divine Worship in the Orthodox Church

·          Clerical Vestments (~8 Pages)
o    Episcopal (Hierarchical), Priestly, and Diaconal Vestments
o    Description of Vestments that communicate practical and devotional meanings.


IV.)                The Liturgical Calendar (~8 pages)
·         Diagram to aid faithful
·         Alternates fasts and feasts - reference St. Paul’s view of the Christian life as athlete
·         Liturgical Colors- what do they mean?


V.)                 The Sacraments
·         The Sacraments as Holy Mysteries (~6-8 pages)
·         Brief History of Sacramental Development and descriptions (~10 pages)
o    Biblical and Apostolic Origins
o    External sign of an internal/spiritual reality
o    Divine Mercy and Life communicated to those Orthodox Christians who worthily receive sacraments
o    Importance of Sacraments in Life of Church


VI.)                The Divine Liturgy
·         Institution (~4 pages)
·         Apostolic and Early Development (~4 pages)
·         The Divine Sacrifice – Brief Eucharistic Theology with emphasis on the fulfillment of the Old Covenant (~3-4 pages)
·         Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (~1-2 pages)
o    Fasting and Prayer. Biblical origins
·         Major Orthodox Liturgies in Use Today- historical origins and differences (~5-6 pages)
o    The Divine Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom
o    The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil The Great
o    Presanctified Liturgy

VII.)              Prayers before Liturgy and Proskomedia
·         Prosphora- the bread used for the Holy Eucharist (~3-4 pages)
·         Explanation of the Seal used for the gifts               (~1-2 pages)
·         Proskomedia (~20 pages)
o    Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English
o    Patristic, hagiographic, and biblical commentary
o    High Quality Color Photos

VIII.)             Orthros  (~20 pages)
·         Only the proper (unchanging parts) of Orthros will be included for the sake of brevity.
·         Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English
·         Patristic, hagiographic, and biblical commentary


IX.)                The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (~75 pages)
·         Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English
·         Patristic, hagiographic, and biblical commentary for increased attention and devotion
·         High Quality Color Photos


X.)                 The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great (~75 pages)
·         Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English
·         Patristic, hagiographic, and biblical commentary for increased attention and devotion
·         High Quality Color Photos


XI.)                Presanctified Liturgy (~60 pages)
·         Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English
·         Patristic, hagiographic, and biblical commentary for increased attention and devotion


XII.)              The Memorial Service (~12-15 pages)
·         Orthodox Custom of praying for the dead.  Importance of prayer for departed souls
·         Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English
·         Patristic, hagiographic, and biblical commentary


XIII.)             Vespers (Propers) (~20-25 pages)
·         Only the proper (unchanging parts) of Vespers will be included for the sake of brevity.
o    Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English
o    Patristic, hagiographic,and biblical commentary


XIV.)            Major Feast Days of the Liturgical Year (~60 pages)
·         Every major feast day will have an icon with a description.  Liturgical hymns, troparia, and kontakia appropriate to the feast will also be included.
o    Feast of the Holy Cross
o    Nativity
o    Theophany
o    Lazarus Saturday
o    Wednesdays of Lent
o    Good Friday, Holy Saturday,  Pascha (Resurrection Sunday)
o    Ascension
o    Pentecost
o    Transfiguration
o    Dormition with Encomia of Dormition


XV.)              Saints-  Every major feast day will have an icon with a description.  Liturgical hymns, troparia, and kontakia appropriate to the feast will also be included.  (~40 pages)
·         St. Nicholas
·         St. George
·         St Demetrios
·         St. Peter and St. Paul
·         St. Nektarios of Aegina
·         Other popular saints to be determined.


XVI.)            Great Blessing of Water on Theophany (~8 pages)
·         “The Blessing of the Jordan”
·         The importance of Holy Water and Blessed Objects in the life of the Orthodox Christian

XVII.)           Artoklasia (~4 Pages)
·         Patristic, hagiographic, and biblical commentary
·         Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English



XVIII.)         Churching of an infant (6 Pages)
·         Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English
·         Roots of the Ceremony
o    Biblical example of the Purification of the Theotokos

XIX.)            Confession (~15 pages)
·         Brief introduction to the Importance of Confession as preparation for the sacraments.
·         Patristic, hagiographic, and biblical commentary
·         Examination of Conscience
·         Prayers of Absolution


XX.)              Holy Baptism, Chrismation, and Holy Communion for Infants  (~30 Pages)
·         Exorcism prayers of St. Basil will be referenced, but not included in the final edition.
·         Full Text with Rubrics in Greek and English
·         Patristic, hagiographic, and biblical commentary
·         High Quality Color Photos


XXI.)            Common Prayers (~20 pages)
·         To the Lord, the Theotokos, the angels, and saints

1 comment:

  1. Excellent! I would like to keep in touch with your project. Is it possible to download some articles of it? God bless you. Sincerely yours. Horacio Bolo hjbolo@gmail.com

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