1 December 2006

Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Watching the Divine Liturgy for the first time was a real eye opener for me. Witnessing His All Holiness Ecumenical Paticarch, Bartholomew I celebrating the Divine Liturgy with the Pope in attendance was really a sight to behold. Somehow the more prevalent Missal of Paul VI that is celebrated within the Latin Rite of the Church just seems very alien to the Divine Liturgy. Compared to the Divine Liturgy, one can validly say that the Novus Ordo just seems so shallow. Its was very interesting to hear the Dominus Vobiscum, Susum Corda and Gratias Agamus Deo Nostro all in Greek. Hearing the Credo and Pater Noster in Greek was also another very educational experience. In many parts of the Divine Liturgy, Kyrie Eleison is chanted to a rather refreshing notation. Reception of Communion is exclusively on the tongue via a spoon and there is no such thing as altar girls, extraordinary ministers of holy communion or liturgical dancers. There was chanting in Greek throughout with no such thing as contemporary noise passing off as music. The Liturgy very clearly was a Sacred act and the Mystery of Faith remained. The depth of the words used in the Liturgy very clearly expressed the lex orandi, lex credendi of the Church.

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was telecast live from Vatican Television Centre and I caught it Live via the EWTN. Hearing Pope Benedict XVI saying the Pater Noster in Greek was just sublime. Yet fret not, the technological innovations of this age has allowed one to view it again at their own convenience. Watch it here. (Note: This Divine Liturgy was apparently considered short as there are certain parts that have been omitted, but it still is 3 hours worth. Still it is really worth one's time.)

Special thanks to NLM for the video link.

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