DIVINE LITURGY

of

St. John Chrysostom

(According to the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church)

From approved ecclesiastical sources.

New Revised Liturgy


THE MASS

"The Holy Mass [The Divine Liturgy] is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the Altar. If you wish to hear Mass as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart, and mouth all that happens at the Altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him, in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens on the Altar. When acting in this way you have prayed Holy Mass."

-- His Holiness, Pope Saint Pius X


DIVINE LITURGY


of
St. John Chrysostom

MASS OF THE CATECHUMENS

In the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church, the bread and wine used for the Divine Liturgy (The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass) are prepared by the priest at a small table located on the left side of the Altar (The Table of Preparation). After he has completed this rite (called Proskomedia) the priest leaves the prepared chalice and paten on the Table of Preparation and goes to the Altar to begin the Divine Liturgy.


(CONGREGATION STANDS)

The priest kisses the Holy Gospel on the Altar and then makes the sign of the cross over the Altar with the Gospel Book, and begins:

PRIEST: Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.


DURING EASTERTIDE ONLY

Priest & People: Christ is risen from the dead, conquering death by death, and to those in the tombs, bestowing life. (3 Times).


( CONGREGATION SITS )

LITANY OF PEACE

PRIEST: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: For peace from on high, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: For peace in the whole world, for the well-being of the holy Churches of Cod and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: For this holy church and for all who enter it with faith, reverence and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: For our holy universal Supreme Pontiff N . . ., the Pope of Rome, for our most Reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N . . . , for our God-loving Bishop N . . ., for the venerable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, for all clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: For our civil authorities and all our armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: For this city (or: for this village, or: for this holy monastery), for every city, country, and for all-living therein with faith, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: For good weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: For those who travel by sea, air, and land, for the sick, the suffering, the captive, and for their safety and salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

(Special intentions are added at this time.)


REQUIEM LITURGY ONLY

Priest: For the servant of God (or servants of God) N. . ., and for his (her, their) blessed memory, and that his (her, their) every transgression, voluntary and involuntary, be forgiven, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That he (she, they) may stand uncondemned before the dread tribunal of Christ, and that his (her, their) soul (s) may be included in the realm of the living, in the place of light, where all the saints and righteous repose, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.


PRIEST: That we may be delivered from all affliction, wrath, and need, let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: Help, save, have mercy and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: Remembering our most holy, most pure, most-blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life, to Christ, our God.

PEOPLE: To You, O Lord.

Priest (silently): Lord our God. Whose might is beyond utterance. and glory is incomprehensible, Whose mercy is measureless, and love of man is ineffable: Yourself O Master, look down with Your mercy upon us, and upon this holy house, and grant to us, and to those who pray with us, the riches of Your mercy, and of Your compassion.

PRIEST: For to You is due all glory and honor and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.


SUNDAYS

PEOPLE: Cry out with joy to God all the earth, O sing to the glory of His name, O render Him glorious praise.

Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us.

Say to God: How Tremendous Your deeds! Because of the greatness of Your strength Your enemies cringe before You.

Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us.

Before You all the earth shall bow; shall sing to You, sing to Your name, O Most High!

Through the prayers of the Mother of God O Savior, save us.


WEEK-DAYS

PEOPLE: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music to Your Name, O Most High.

Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us.

To proclaim Your love in the morning and Your truth in the watches of the night.

Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us.

To proclaim that the Lord is just. In Him there is no wrong.

Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us.


HYMN OF THE INCARNATION

( CONGREGATION STANDS )

PEOPLE: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.

( O Only-Begotten Son )

PEOPLE: O Only-Begotten Son and Word of God, Who, being immortal, deigned for our salvation to become incarnate of the Holy Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, and became man without change. You were also crucified, O Christ, our God, and by death have trampled death, being one of the Holy Trinity, and glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.

PRIEST: Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: Help, save, have mercy and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: Remembering our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life, to Christ, our God.

PEOPLE: To You, O Lord.

Priest (silently): You, Who promised to grant the petitions of two or three united together in Your name, have given us to offer these prayers with a single and united voice; also hear now the requests of Your servants for their benefit, giving us the knowledge of Your truth in the present time and granting life eternal in the age to come.

PRIEST: For You are a good God and lover of mankind, and to You we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord; let us sing joy fully to God our Savior.


SUNDAYS

PEOPLE: O Son of God, risen from the dead, save us who sing to You. Alleluia.

Let us come before Him, giving thanks with songs let us hail the Lord.

O Son of God, risen from the dead, save us who sing to You. Alleluia.

A mighty God is the Lord, and a great king over all the earth.

O Son of God, risen from the dead, save us who sing to You. Alleluia.


WEEK-DAYS

PEOPLE: O Son of God, wondrous in Your saints, save us who sing to You. Alleluia.

Let us come before Him, giving thanks with songs let us hail the Lord.

O Son of God, wondrous in Your saints save us who sing to You. Alleluia.

A mighty God is the Lord, and a great king over all the earth.

O Son of God, wondrous in Your saints, save us who sing to You. Alleluia.


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