Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Grand Junction, Colorado (1958)

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (AD 73)
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (AD 1922)
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver (AD 1979)

METROPOLIS OF DENVER
Community
Prayer:

Iconography in Our Church

Common Hymns
Sung at Services

Church Etiquette

Individual
Prayer:

Daily Prayers
for Orthodox Christians

The Jesus Prayer

A “Prayer Corner”
for an
Orthodox Home

Preparation for
Holy Communion

Preparation for
Holy Confession

Feast Days and
Holy Seasons:

Holy Week

Advent
(Nativity Fast)

Great Feasts

Holy Days


About our patron saint,
Saint Nicholas
the Wonder Worker,
Archbishop of Myra in
the Province of Lycia:
Life (Biography)
Feast Day Services
Home Page Liturgical Glossary Liturgical Texts Church Etiquette
Worship services celebrated in the Orthodox Church are ancient. They evolved simply and logically from Old Testament Temple and synagogue traditions, services, and customs. Above all else, Orthodox Christian worship is an active participation in, and personal experience of, the perfect communion between God and man that is the essence of our eternal existence in the Kingdom of heaven.

Preeminently, the Divine Liturgy, the Mystery (or “Sacrament”) of the Holy Eucharist, is our regular, corporate participation in that eternal reality. The Divine Liturgy is the continuation of the “Mystical Supper” (referred to in Western Christendom as the “Last Supper”) which was the first earthly participation in that perfect communion.
The liturgical (worship service) texts, prayers, and rubrics we use today are identical to those that were common usage in the universal, undivided Christian Church of the first millennium. During those first thousand years there was only one “catholic” (universal) and “orthodox” (right-worshipping) Christian Church.

These services were developed during the Apostolic era in the first century. Existing written archaeological fragments of the services clearly show how these were compiled (not composed) between the fourth and seventh centuries, and have been handed down to us today in their original New Testament (“koine”) Greek language.

The only significant change to Orthodox services from those first centuries of Christianity is that they have been translated during the past half century from Koine Greek into English for use in our parishes today. Prior to that, they were translated in the tenth century from Koine Greek into Slavonic (an early Slavic language) for Russian-speaking peoples by Saints Cyril and Methodios.

During the second millennium Christian worship practices and beliefs have radically changed, and continue to evolve, in the “Western” (or Latin) churches; viz., the Roman Catholic Church and her Protestant denominations. As a consequence, Western Christians may be unfamiliar with Eastern Orthodox liturgical terminology.

This web page is therefore provided to provide easy access to texts of the services, as well as to explanations of Orthodox worship and terminology.

Liturgical
Services:

Vespers
Evensong, or
Evening Worship

Small Compline
Nighttime Worship

Mesonyktikó
Midnight Service

Matins or Órthros
Morning Worship

1st Hour
Following Matins

Divine Liturgy
St John Chrysostom

Divine Liturgy
St Basil the Great

3rd & 6th Hours
Midday Worship

9th Hour
Prior to Vespers

Agrypnia
All-Night Vigil

Blessing
Services:

Agiasmó
Blessing of Water

August 1st
Procession with the Precious Cross

August 6th
Blessing of Grapes (and Fruit)

August 15th
Blessing of Flowers, Herbs, and Seeds

Related Topics:

Angels

Guardian Angels

Halloween

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