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July Liturgical Texts Available for Download

The Liturgical Texts for July, blessed by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, are now ready for clergy and laity to download from the Online Liturgical Guide.

This year, the commemorations of two important saints fall on Sundays in July: St. Athanasius of Athos (July 5), one of the founders of monasticism on Holy Mount Athos more than a thousand years ago; and St. Paraskeva (July 26), a second-century martyr who endured many tortures going “from city to city to bring the pagans to the true Faith” (Synaxarion at Orthros).

Every year on the Sunday that falls in between July 13-19, the Orthodox Church commemorates the 630 Holy Fathers who also defended the true Faith at the Fourth Ecumenical Council, convened in Chalcedon in 451. They condemned “monophysitism” which overemphasized the divine nature of Jesus Christ at the expense of the human. Christ’s two natures function as equally complete, perfect, without confusion, and are neither divided nor separate (Synaxarion at Orthros).

Also of note, Archpriest Thomas Zain, Chairman of the Department of Liturgics, has provided a report for the upcoming Archdiocesan Convention detailing the new goals he has set for the department’s members who bring a wealth of liturgical expertise and knowledge. They include reviewing and correcting current service books and publishing new ones that currently do not exist.

The Online Liturgical Guide, produced by the Department of Liturgics, provides the official, uniform word-for-word texts to be used for the divine services in all parishes across the Archdiocese. Should you have any questions, please email Subdeacon Peter Samore at service_texts@antiochianladiocese.org.

Note: The icon reads, "The Holy Fourth Ecumenical Council, which convened in Chalcedon under Emperor Marcian, in the year 451 by 630 God-bearing fathers, against Eutyches and Dioscorus the monophysites."