Divine Liturgy

Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is the central liturgical service of the Orthodox Church, the first portion of which centers on the reading of Scripture and common prayers, and the second portion, on the celebration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. There are four main variants of the Divine Liturgy: the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, once the regular Sunday Liturgy, which is now served only ten times during the year; the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which is served on Sundays and feast-days whenever the Liturgy. of St. Basil is not served; the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, which is served during Lent; and the Liturgy of St. James which served only on the Feast of St James (October 23) and sometimes on the Sunday after Christmas.

Divine Liturgy is celebrated every Sunday in St Michael Church at 10am following the Matins service. In addition, it is celebrated on many Feast Days throughout the year either in St George Chapel or in St Michael Church. Please see our calendar for the exact time and place of these services.

During Divine Liturgy, Holy Communion may only be received by prepared Orthodox Christians. Our non-Orthodox guests are welcome to join us in venerating the cross and receiving the Holy Bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. A Coffee Hour is generally offered in the Parish Center following Divine Liturgy.