From The Seventh Grade Class
Dear Parish Family,
Christ is in our midst---He is and always shall be!!!
We had some interesting conversations in our Koraes 7th grade religion class where we are studying the worship of the Church and specifically the Divine Liturgy. We thought that if we share with our entire parish family the meaning behind the things we do in the Liturgy, that we can get even more people to come. So this is from our 7th grade class....
1. Liturgy means "work" and specifically "a work of the people" .... so to get something out of the Divine Liturgy you have to put something into it. It's not like going to a movie where you sit back and are entertained.
2. The roots of the Liturgy are in the following:
a. The Jewish worship of the Old Testament....where they would come together and have prayers; petitions to God; hymns; Scripture readings; sermon(we see this in our Liturgy today...especially the first part);
b. The Mystical (or Last) Supper on the night before Jesus was crucified. Here Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist(or Holy Communion) where He took bread and wine and shared it with His disciples as His Body and Blood.
So if you put "a" and "b" together, you have what we have today in the Divine Liturgy.....prayers; petitions; hymns; readings; sermon; and Holy Communion.
3. Finally, you are not supposed to just sit there as if there is some sort of show going on between the priest and choir/chanters...NO!!! You need to be involved using all your senses and entire body: eyes to see the majesty of the Icons; nose to smell the incense; ears to hear the moving tones and words of the hymns; mouths to pray and sing; touch to kiss the holy things; taste to receive the Holy Communion; our bodies to kneel and make the sign of the Cross; our minds to comprehend God's word.......
So you see PEOPLE.....there is a whole lot of stuff going on..........neat stuff! So get going and get to Church and make the LITUrGY ALIVE!!!
Fr. Nick's 7th Grade Religion Class