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This important commentary on the Divine Liturgy by Hieromonk Gregorios of the Holy Mountain offers a clear and understandable commentary on the entire Divine Liturgy, including the preparation of the celebrant (Kairos), the preparation of Holy Gifts (Proskomidi), and the service itself. The entire text of all services discussed are included in the commentary itself.
Rather than approach the Great Mystery of the Bloodless Sacrifice as a product of historical cause and effect, Father Gregorios leads the reader into a symphony of the Holy Spirit, a product of divine inspiration and guidance, explained to the reader through the writings of Holy Scripture and the revered Fathers of the Church. For this, he stands in contradistinction to most modern commentaries which reduce liturgical practice to the exigencies of history. Such commentaries often speak of the need to reform, recover, replace, renew, and by that imply there are defects in what we have received. Father Gregorios humbly rejects such views, stating his role as author in the following way:
Some may say that a contemporary commentary on the Divine Liturgy should reflect how a contemporary Christian sees, hears and touches Christ, but on account of the present author's spiritual blindness, deafness and insensibility he has turned to those who have seen the true Light, who have heard the Word and 'touched the immaculate head of the Master,' and who are eternally contemporary." (Foreword) It is not the Holy Liturgy which must be transformed to establish relevancy for the modern man, but we whose prayer is weak and heart somewhat yet hard, who must be transformed and softened by the glorious Living Faith "to come close to Christ," for the Liturgy is "Christ with us." Therefore, our gateway to understanding the cornerstone of Orthodox worship is to recognize "the totality of the wondrous events performed by God, in order to bring man after his disobedience back to His house and make him His own once more…the reality of our salvation in Christ is what we experience at every Divine Liturgy…
The Divine Liturgy: A Commentary in the Light of the Fathers should be considered an essential resource for every Orthodox Christian, clergy and laity alike, both for devotion and instruction.