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Worship in Spirit and Truth
48 minutes | Mar 5, 2015
Let Us Love One Another
In his 84th episode reflecting on the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Tom talks about the Kiss of Peace which takes place after the celebrant declares "Let us love one another that with one mind we may confess."
43 minutes | Jan 27, 2015
The Offertory Prayers
Today Fr. Tom speaks about the importance of the offertory prayers said after the Great Entrance. In particular, he talks about how they are prayed in the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
35 minutes | Jan 6, 2015
The Great Entrance - Final
Fr. Tom completes his reflections on the Great Offertory Entrance of the Divine Liturgy.
49 minutes | Nov 30, 2014
The Ordination of a Priest
When the time has come for a priest to be ordained by the Bishop, this is done during the Divine Liturgy. Since Fr. Tom is at the place of the Great Entrance in his reflections on the Divine Liturgy, he takes us through the ordination process.
40 minutes | Nov 12, 2014
Remember, O Lord
As he continues to reflect on the Great Entrance at the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Thomas speaks today about the frequent use of the word "Remember."
49 minutes | Oct 22, 2014
The Great Entrance - Procession part 2
Fr. Tom offers a very helpful explanation of what we are actually offering in the procession of the Great Entrance in the Divine Liturgy.
42 minutes | Oct 1, 2014
The Great Entrance - Procession
In this podcast Fr. Tom begins his reflections on the words and actions of the Great Entrance with the Bread and Wine to the Altar Table.
33 minutes | Sep 10, 2014
The Proskomede - Preparing the Bread and the Wine part 5
Today Fr. Tom looks at the differences in the Antiochian tradition in the way the Proskomede is done.
39 minutes | Aug 18, 2014
The Proskomede - Preparing the Bread and the Wine part 4
Fr. Tom talks about the "star" that is placed over the bread as well as the psalms and prayers that are said when both the chalice and diskos are covered with the cloth.
37 minutes | Aug 5, 2014
The Proskomede - Preparing the Bread and the Wine part 3
Remembering all the Saints. Fr. Tom takes us through his own practice of remembering the "great cloud of witnesses" when preparing the bread and wine for the Eucharist.
43 minutes | Jul 21, 2014
The Proskomede - Preparing the Bread and the Wine part 2
Fr. Thomas explores the significance of the way the bread is cut and laid on the diskos during the preparation for the eucharist.
42 minutes | Jul 2, 2014
The Proskomede - Preparing the Bread and the Wine
Fr. Thomas begins today some reflections on the rite of the preparation of the bread and the wine to be offered on the altar in the ritual called the Proskomede.
54 minutes | Jun 10, 2014
The Bread and the Wine
Fr. Thomas looks at the significance of using leavened bread and real wine for the Eucharist.
37 minutes | May 14, 2014
The Cherubic Hymn
We now come to the time in the Divine Liturgy when the Cherubic Hymn is sung admonishing us to lay aside all earthly care and receive the King of all!
47 minutes | May 1, 2014
The Antimension or Altar Cloth
As he continues his series on the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Thomas Hopko talks about the Antimension or Altar Cloth that is on every altar in the Orthodox Church. Learn about its importance in verifying the authority of the parish to offer the Holy Gifts.
51 minutes | Apr 1, 2014
The Great Entrance
Fr. Tom now gets to the offertory procession with the Bread and the Wine which will be offered and then consecrated into the Body and Blood of Christ at the Eucharistic Anaphora of the Divine Liturgy.
49 minutes | Mar 6, 2014
The Litany of the Faithful
Fr. Tom transitions now to the second half of the Divine Liturgy with the Litany of the Faithful.
37 minutes | Feb 10, 2014
The Litany of the Catechumens
Fr. Tom goes through the various translations of the Litany of the Catechumens and also continues his thoughts on the departure of the catechumens.
41 minutes | Jan 30, 2014
Let All Catechumens Depart
Fr. Thomas begins a difficult discussion about the beginning of the Liturgy of the Faithful. Who should stay and who should go? This is sure to generate a lot of conversation!
37 minutes | Jan 9, 2014
Pray For All - St. John Chrysostom
In the last episode, Fr. Tom was talking about the Litany of Fervent Supplication and emphasizing the need to pray for everyone, not just Orthodox Christians. Today, he reads from Homily 6 of St. John Chrysostom's commentary on I Timothy which affirms that requirement.
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