Orthodox Liturgical Worship Services
is the active participation of the faithful to glorify and
praise God, as well as to supplicate and thank Him.
remains consistent since the early Church, drawn from Old
Testament synagogue and Temple practice.
Fixed Portions of the Services
Liturgical Services consist of both “fixed” and “variable” parts. For
example, the unchanging part of the Divine Liturgy is contained in the
link above, titled “Hours & Divine Liturgy.”
Melodies for the
“fixed,” or “unchanging” parts, of the Divine Liturgy are the
most-familiar among the Orthodox faithful.
Sheet music and
recordings of Hymns commonly sung at Holy Wisdom Parish during the
Divine Liturgy can be found
Variable Portions of the Services
“variable” portions of the Divine Services, referred to as the
“Propers,” change for each day of the year.
These are arranged
(liturgical directions) specified in the
a book of directives and rubrics that establishes the order of divine
services for each day of the year.
Propers for services at Holy Wisdom Parish this weekend can be found
History of Orthodox Liturgical Chant
Services are chanted from the beginning to the end.
Hymns and readings are either sung or intoned.
This has been the
consistent tradition of the Christian Church from its very inception
in the Apostolic era.