CHRISTMINSTER
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR)
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The Holy Mass

The Divine Liturgy of the Mass is celebrated according to the form commonly called the “Liturgy of St. Gregory,” and also known as the “Liturgy of St. Peter.” The form and much of the content of this liturgy antedates the time of Pope St. Gregory the Great (d. 604 A.D.).

As celebrated at Christminster, the Solemn or Sung Mass includes some features that passed out of common use after the schism of the West from Orthodoxy, including an Old Testament lesson, a litany, and the formal exchange of the Peace using the pax brede, a wooden plaque holding a metal cross inscribed with the word, “Peace,” kissed in turn by the priest, ministers, and each person present. On Sundays, Mass is always preceded by the memorial of Baptism known as the Asperges — or, in Paschaltide, the Vidi Aquam.

Click here for an introduction to the Divine Liturgy of the Mass or on any of the following links for specific parts of the Mass.

  1. Part I: The Sunday Memorial of Baptism
  2. Part II: Preparational Prayers for Communion
  3. Part III: The Mass of the Catechumens
  4. Part IV: The Mass of the Faithful
  5. Part V: Thanksgiving Prayers After Communion