The Byzantine Liturgy (ninth Century) Part I

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The Byzantine Liturgy is the product of a complex evolution that began before the time of Christ. Like its Western counterpart, the eucharistic service of the Eastern Orthodox churches consists of two parts. The first, the Liturgy of the Word, developed from the services of the Jewish synagogue. The second, the Liturgy of the Faithful, evolved from the prayer of blessing or brakah of the Passover and other Jewish religious meals.


Originally the Liturgy of the Word and the...


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