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Worship in Spirit and Truth

A series of reflections by Fr. Thomas Hopko on the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church.

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The Trisagion Prayers - Part 1

Fr. Tom has come to the point in the Liturgy where we sing the first of two Thrice-Holy hymns. This one is in the Liturgy of the Word: "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us."

45mins

26 Mar 2013

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The Little Entrance

The first procession in the Divine Liturgy is referred to as the "Little Entrance" where the Gospel Book is brought into the altar and the call to worship is proclaimed.

42mins

9 Jan 2013

Rank #2

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Women Readers in the Divine Liturgy

After his last episode, Fr. Thomas got a thoughtful letter from a listener challenging his remarks on female readers of the Apostolic writings in the Divine Liturgy. In this episode he reads the letter and answers the concerns raised.

49mins

6 Sep 2013

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Created to Worship

Fr. Tom talks about how human beings are created by God for worship in spirit and in truth.

49mins

27 Jan 2011

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The Great Litany

Fr. Thomas reflects on what it means to say "In peace let us pray to the Lord." What is the significance of this peace?

41mins

15 Jul 2012

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Allelujah, Allelujah, Allelujah

Just before the Gospel reading in the Divine Liturgy, the participants sing what is supposed to a very solemn "Allelujah, Allelujah, Allelujah." Fr. Tom explains why this is so important.

36mins

18 Sep 2013

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The Bread and the Wine

Fr. Thomas looks at the significance of using leavened bread and real wine for the Eucharist.

54mins

10 Jun 2014

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The Prokeimenon

Just before the Apostle reading in the Divine Liturgy, verses are chanted known as the Prokeimenon. Fr. Tom explains what that is, why it is there, and how he feels it should be done.

38mins

5 Aug 2013

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The Passover Exodus

In this important episode, Fr. Thomas shows how the Passover Exodus pre-figures the work of Christ and how that relates to our worship today.

41mins

7 Apr 2011

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The 8 Tones

Fr. Tom pauses in his series on the Divine Liturgy to address some questions he has received about the 8 tones used in Orthodox worship.

41mins

18 Oct 2013

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The Divine Liturgy and Physical Place

Is there a prescribed physical place where the liturgy is to be served or not served? Fr. Tom traces the history from the "house church" to the present day.

51mins

25 Aug 2011

Rank #11

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The Great Litany - Part 2

Fr. Thomas continues to talk about the Great Litany at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. In particular the "union of all men" and "the fear of God."

46mins

31 Jul 2012

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Worship in Genesis

Fr. Thomas Hopko looks at Abel and Cain and why one offered acceptable worship and the other did not.

39mins

10 Feb 2011

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Noah’s Worship

What made Noah's worship a sweet-smelling savor to God?

37mins

18 Feb 2011

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It is Time for the Lord to Act

After 29 episodes leading up the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Thomas begins his line by line commentary.

43mins

5 Apr 2012

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The Mystery of Mysteries

The West identifies seven sacraments, but how does the Orthodox Church view such things? Fr. Tom teaches on the place of the Eucharist in the sacramental life of the Church.

42mins

10 Oct 2011

Rank #16

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Blessed is the Kingdom

In this 32nd episode of the series, Fr.Tom gets to the very opening statement in the Divine Liturgy: "Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen."

51mins

2 Jun 2012

Rank #17

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Abraham’s Worship

There are so many images of Christ, the Trinity, and our worship as Orthodox Christians in the Old Testament but perhaps none so powerful as the story of Abraham.

50mins

3 Mar 2011

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The Apostle Reading

In his continuing series on the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Thomas is now at the point of the Apostle reading. He comments on how, where, and by whom it is to be read.

53mins

20 Aug 2013

Rank #19

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Worship in the Apostolic Writings

How did the New Testament Church worship? Fr. Thomas shows a specific structural practice that Orthodox worship today is based on.

48mins

4 Jul 2011

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