The Proskomide: Behind the Scenes of the Divine Liturgy

proskome-800x688Anyone who attended an Orthodox Divine Liturgy has seen first hand the beauty contained therein. The services are of the utmost beauty and holiness. Some will not that there is a lot of times during the service where the priest will be in the altar, behind the iconostasis, with the curtain closed so that we cannot view him.

At one point, he will be preparing the bread and wine for the Eucharist at the the Table of Preparation, or the Proskomide. I came across this delightful video by Father Barnabas Powell sharing with us part of what happens during the Liturgy at the preparation of the Table. I wanted to share it with those exploring Orthodox and its rich, beautiful worship and with the Faithful who may not not, as I did, what all goes on behind the scenes with the DIvine Liturgy. Enjoy:

“Here is another installment of our Wednesday evening study of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Tonight we look at the Table of Preparation or the portion during the Orthros service where the bread and wine are prepared for consecration during the liturgy.”

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About Joel

Joel is a 32 year old currently residing in the southeastern United States. His interests lay in philosophy and theology. He is a writer for The Christian Watershed.

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