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Monday, March 4, 2013

Principles Of Orthodox Worship - X

by Fr. Dr. Mathew Vaidyan
Strong Biblical basis

The apostles and the early disciples described the mystery of early Incarnation based on the law of Moses, prophets and other writings. See Acts 28:23. 

The worship and liturgical practice of the early Church were developed with the contents of Synagogue worship and Temple worship. 

The worship in the Jerusalem Temple followed morning and evening sacrifice , offering of the incense and Hanukah processions with lighted candles. 

The synagogue worship followed readings from the Old Testament, verses of blessings, singing of Psalms, exegetical sermons by religious scholars and Aaronic benediction. 

Assimilating these ancient practices of worship, the Church developed and regularized readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, songs, offering of incense and the holy Eucharist which is the liturgy of the sacrifice (Jn 6:53 ,1 Cor. 11:23-32, Heb 9: 15-22,). 

The worship of the Orthodox Church is saturated with verses from the Holy Bible.

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