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What is an Orthodox Mass?

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โˆ™ 2007-10-19 05:33:16

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In the Orthodox Church, this rite is usually called the Divine Liturgy, rather than the Mass. It is the most important sacrament (or mystery) of the Church, celebrated every Sunday and on feast days throughout the year (in some communities, particularly in monasteries, it is celebrated every day, except on the weekdays of Great Lent). The Divine Liturgy, which is always sung throughout, consists of two parts: the Liturgy of the Catechumens, and the Liturgy of the Faithful. The first conists of psalms, hymns, and an Epistle and Gospel reading. The second is focused on the rite of Holy Communion. Orthodox believe, as do Roman Catholics, that the bread and wine offered are changed truly and substantially into Christ's Body and Blood, although the Orthodox have not developed a technical explanation of this along the lines of the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation. Orthodox also believe that the Eucharist is a sacrifice, albeit an unbloody one; it is the selfsame Sacrifice offered by Christ on the Cross. The Holy Gifts are distributed in both kinds. The faithful receive a portion of the Body of Christ, together with a portion of the Precious Blood, from a spoon.

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Who can attend mass in a greek orthodox church?

Everyone is welcome to attend services or mass in the church, but only a person who is an Orthodox Christian can receive Holy Communion in an Orthodox Church.


Does Greek orthodox religion use mass cards?

No


What religion attends mass?

Mass is the name of the Sunday service for Catholics and Orthodox Christians.


What is the main form of Orthodox worship?

The Divine Liturgy or Eucharist is the main form of Orthodox worship. It is similar to the Mass of the Roman Catholics.


What language is orthodox mass spoken in?

Orthodox Christians do not refer to it as mass, but the Divine Liturgy. What language it is performed in depends on the church's ethnicity, though most Orthodox churches in America do it mostly in English. If it is a Greek church, then it is partially in Greek; if Russian, then in Russian; etc. But, like I said, the majority is done in English. In Antiochian Orthodox Churches, the entire liturgy is in English.


If a Catholic happens to attend a Greek Orthodox Mass does he or she receive the Eucharist or just wait?

Catholics and others are welcome to attend an Orthodox service, but they are not permitted to receive the Eucharist, as this is reserved for members of the Orthodox Faith alone.


What types of orthodox churches exist?

Russian orthodox. Greek orthodox. Coptic orthodox. Antiochia orthodox. Eastern orthodox. Ethiopian orthodox.


When do Orthodox Christians go to mass?

They should go every Sunday, and at other times during the week when the Divine Liturgy (mass) is held. Not all Orthodox Christians go each week, but it is a requirement that they should not miss a Liturgy for more than 3 Sundays in a row.


Can a divorced Catholic receive communion in an Orthodox church?

Since the Catholic Church recognizes the sacraments of the Orthodox Church to be valid, yes, you could receive communion but only if it would be impossible for you to assist at a Catholic Mass.


Can you fulfill your Roman Catholic Mass obligation by attending the Coptic Church?

No, the Coptic Church is an orthodox Church and not in communion with Rome.


What is the house of worship for the orthodox?

Orthodox Jews go to Synagogue. Orthodox Christians go to Orthodox Churches.


What is a Greek Orthodox Christian?

A ‘Greek Orthodox’ Christian is a Christian who comes under the Orthodox Church of Greece. In the rest of the world, he or she would be known as an Orthodox Christian. The name "greek orthodox" should not be used to describe Orthodox Christians in other countries outside of Greece. There is no nationality in the Orthodox Church. It is open to people of all backgrounds, races and cultures. Orthodox Christians in Japan are Japanese Orthodox, Orthodox Christians in Russia are Russian Orthodox, Orthodox Christians in America are American Orthodox, etc.

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