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June Liturgical Texts Available for Download

Inside Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Potomac, MDInside Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Potomac, MDThe Liturgical Texts for June, blessed by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, are now ready for clergy and laity to download from the Online Liturgical Guide.

The season of the Pentecostarion that began with Great and All-Holy Pascha concludes this year on June 7 with the Sunday of All Saints, who “shone forth throughout all the world, North and South, East and West” (Synaxarion of Orthros). In imitation of the Apostles who received “tongues of fire” on Pentecost to preach the Gospel in all corners of the globe, Orthodox Christians realize their calling on this day to do the same and become the holy ones of Jesus Christ. That is why, on the following day (June 8), they undertake the Apostles Fast, in order to spiritually prepare themselves for this witness.

In 2015, the Apostles Fast lasts 20 days, concluding, as always, with the celebration of the Holy, Glorious and All-Laudable Apostles Peter and Paul (June 29), the patrons and protectors of the Patriarchate of Antioch. Because of their importance to our Archdiocese, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph will allow parishes to transfer their commemoration to Sunday, June 28 if they so choose. Parishes that wish to keep their celebration on Monday, June 29, and also celebrate the Synaxis of the Holy Twelve Apostles on Tuesday, June 30, can download their services from the website of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West.

The Online Liturgical Guide, produced by the Department of Liturgics and Translations, 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.