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Saturday, June 24, 2017

(As the people/choir complete the singing of the Trisagion-Hymn, the priest and deacon proceed, from the front of the altar-table to the space behind it, where there is a “kathedra,“ throne or “High Place,“ along with a seat or seats next to it. In current Russian Orthodox practice, only a bishop may sit in the central “High Place,“ while a priest sits in a seat next to that. As they approach, they say the following):
Priest: "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."
Deacon: "Master, bless the throne on high."
Priest: "Blessed are You upon the throne of the glory of Your kingdom, enthroned upon the Cherubim always, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen."

Most of us will not be able to see this small detail of Divine Liturgy, just before the Epistle-reading, but really we...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

"O Holy God, Who is resting among the holy ones, praised by the Seraphim with the thrice-holy voice, glorified by the Cherubim, and worshiped by every celestial power, You have brought all things into being out of nothing. You have created man according to Your image and likeness and adorned him with all the gifts of Your grace. You give wisdom and understanding to the one who asks, and You overlook not the sinner, but have set repentance as the way of salvation. You have granted us, Your humble and unworthy servants, to stand even at this hour before the glory of Your holy Altar of sacrifice and to offer to You due worship and praise. Master, accept the Trisagion Hymn also from the lips of us sinners, and visit us in Your goodness. Forgive all our voluntary and involuntary transgressions,...

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