Throughout our previous sermons, we saw the establishment of the Mystery of the Eucharist by our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night of Holy Thursday, which has since been offered in every Divine Liturgy. In this the Lord unites Himself with Christians through His Holy Body and Blood, cleanses them from their sins, and sanctifies them. At the same time, the Mystery of the Eucharist rejuvenates the Church, and ensures the unity of its members. We also hear in the foundational words of this Sacred Mystery proclaimed by the Lord that His Blood, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins and offered to the faithful to drink, seals the new covenant (see Matthew 26:28).

In the previous sermon, we established that the believer is united with the resurrected Body of Christ by partaking of the Holy Body and Blood of the Lord in the Divine Eucharist. By this the words of the Lord are fulfilled: "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (John 6:56). In order to fully understand the broader dimensions of the Great Mystery of the Eucharist, it is necessary to answer the following question:

Why is it called the Mystery of Holy Eucharist?

The establishment of the Great Mystery of the Divine Eucharist is the fruit of the complete and perfect love of our Lord Jesus Christ towards His Apostles (who would continue His work), and all those throughout the ages who would believe in the Gospel and be baptized.

On many occasions, the Lord expressed His sacrificial love towards His Disciples, both in word and deed. Let us recall some of these words of our Lord, which were said with great tenderness to his Disciples on Holy Thursday: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you...Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends“ (John 15:9,13). It is here that the Lord expressed what He Himself would do shortly after on Calvary. Addressing His Father, Jesus prays: "Father, You are united with Me and I am with You; my desire is for all who will believe in Me ... to be united with Us" (see John 17:21). "Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am" (verse 24).

In our holy churches, there are various Divine Services served daily. Hymns and Old Testament Psalms are read or sung, as well as the prayers and supplications recited by the priest. Additionally, there are hagiographic readings. The established Divine Services are as follows:

-The Vespers is served every afternoon and with it begins the cycle of Divine Services of the given day. During Vespers, the wonderful ancient evening hymn "O Gladsome Light” is sung.

-The Nocturns or Midnight Service is normally served at midnight, and the following hymn is chanted: "Behold, the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night...".

-The Matins normally begins before sunrise, and at the end of the service the Great Doxology is sung: "Glory be to Thee who showed us the light...".

The Divine Eucharist, which is sanctified during the Divine Liturgy, is the greatest of the Holy Mysteries of the Church. It is the Eucharist that sanctifies and spiritually renews the Christian who participates. It is a gift of divine Grace, as well as an entrance into communion with His Holy Church, with the divine-human Sacred Body of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Programm

Schedule of services on May 2021

Τelephone for transfer to church +90(507)988-9565

Multimedia