Monday, October 08, 2012

Things I like about our local Melkite Parish, III

21. Candles. Its the only parish I know of in the area that still has a space to light candles.
22. The greeting before the homily. Depending upon the season it could be "Christ is among us!" or "Christ is risen!" or "Christ is ascended!" or "Christ is born!"
23. The Paschal Troparion.

24. No extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers. Only the ordinary ministers, the priest and the deacons.
25. Your name is spoken when you receive the Eucharist. I love it whenever there is a personal touch to the liturgy. When you receive Jesus in the Eucharist the deacon or priest says, "The servant/handmaid (Name) receives the most precious and holy Body and Blood of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ for the remission of all his/her sins and for life everlasting. Amen."
26. Antidoron.
27. Galatians 3:27 This verse is still sung at Theophany, Baptisms, and Chrismations. Its a great reminder that we are still very connected to the Early Christian Church of Sts Peter and Paul.
28. O Heavenly King, Consoler, Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, the Treasury of blessings and the Giver of life, come, O Good One, and dwell in us, cleanse us of all stain and save our souls.
29. King Cosmos on the Pentecost Icon.
30. Sophia. The idea of Christ as Wisdom is something that really appeals to me. I've always liked the Sedes Sapientiae imagery but its not well known in the Latin Church.

May God bless all who read my ramblings,

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