Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Author of the Presanctified Liturgy

During the Lenten period the Orthodox Church celebrates a number of services, which it doesn’t during the rest of the ecclesiastical year. This is due to the mournful character of the period, where the Divine Liturgy of St. John and St Basil is not celebrated within the week. It is an evening service where we have a link between vespers and Liturgy, where the main purpose is the frequent communion during this period.



It is believed that the Presanctified Liturgy was written by St James the brother of Christ, Basil the Great, Epiphanius of Cyprus, John Chrysostom, Pope Gregory of Rome or Patriarch of Constantinople Germanos I. However, recent research shows that neither one of the above are actually the true authors of this Liturgy. Therefore, the true author of the Presanctified Liturgy is unknown to us, unlike the Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, St James, St Gregory, St Mark and many more, which are celebrated all over the Orthodox world during the rest of the year. 

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