Saint Nicholas of Myra

Byzantine Catholic Church

Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy (Mass) of the Eastern Church means "a work of the people". The Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Church is not a private act; it is meant to be celebrated within a community. In the Divine Liturgy, we all participate and have a role in the Liturgy: the bishop, the priest, the deacon, the cantor, and all the people of God. Jesus entered our "real world," lived in it and transformed it. Therefore, as His Body, the Body of Christ, we  must enter His World, the World of the Divine, the Spiritual the Eternal. The Divine Liturgy is our rite of entrance into this world.  Liturgy is the entry into a world that is truly a divine and human habitat.

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The Divine Liturgy is the Mystery of the Eucharist. St. Paul says in Col. 1:24-27, "...the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past. But now...manifested to his holy ones, to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope of glory". St. Paul is saying that Jesus dwells in us. Christ dwelling in us is the mystery and at the Divine Liturgy Christ is in us in Communion. Christ is the "Lamb of God" of which we partake in Holy Communion.  This Mystery of the Eucharist is also confirmed by another mystery... our faith and belief. The Divine Liturgy is the unbloody Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross and the Eucharist is the Real Presence of Jesus, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity under the appearace of bread and wine.

To express this reality, the Eastern Church goes to great lengths to develop an atmosphere for this Truth. It is from the sanctuary with its icons, its icon screen, incense, the processions, the singing of the Liturgy, the ministers of the Liturgy who are the priest and Deacon, the Servers of the Liturgy to the Lector and Cantor of the Liturgy and the People of God together singing that Liturgy that we express this belief and reality in our worship.

We welcome you to come to worship with us and experience the beauty, mystery and sacredness of our worship. We invite you to steep yourself in Apostolic Tradition and Ancient Liturgy and to be Graced by the Presence of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We invite you to celebrate with us the Mystery of the Eucharist of the Catholic Church.

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