The Divine Liturgy
The most important service in Orthodoxy is the Divine Liturgy, also known as the Holy Eucharist, and is performed every Sunday morning at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. During this experience, worship is not only expressed in words, but also in hymns, gestures, processions, and scents. The Divine Liturgy involves all of the participants senses, feelings and intellect.
The congregation remains involved in the worship service by responding to petitions, making the sign of the Cross, bowing, saying ‘Amen’ and, most importantly, receiving Holy Communion. The preferred posture in the Orthodox Church is standing and many prayers are presented that way. The congregation may kneel during certain solemn moments, such as the Invocation of the Holy Spirit.
The Divine Liturgy is ritualistic with many unchanging elements that follow a specific order and framework. This preserves a continuity with the past and the worldwide Church. The whole Church is responsible for the regulating of the Divine Liturgy and other services. It is not left to the discretion of a particular priest or congregation. This serves to guard against error and preserve the true Faith.
At Holy Trinity, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy in two languages, Greek and English. There is no official liturgical language and is usually in the language of the congregation. Services are celebrated in more than twenty languages around the world, including Greek, Slavonic, Arabic, Albanian, Romanian, English, and Luganda.