I haven't been in Divine Liturgy since June 30th, mostly because I've had trouble getting someone to take my shift at work. Well, I was happy to be at Church yesterday. I wasn't able to stay for coffee hour because I was wanted to meet my wife and we had lots to do with the dog (It's dog grooming day!) but, of course, the main reason to go to Church is the Divine Liturgy. It was great to participate in the prayers of the people, singing Psalms and Hymns once again.
I actually was able to pray the hours before the Liturgy and below is a link to a 15 second video of that. Reader John leads us in those prayers. Yes, I know we're all sitting down but, give us a break, we're old!!!! :)
I love the order and structure of Orthodox Worship. It doesn't matter how you "feel" but you just have to show up and participate. I've been in many Protestant services where the leaders try to "rev up" the crowd so that it "feels" like church but that isn't necessary in Orthodoxy. Things are done decently and in order, as St. Paul said in his first letter to the Corinthians. One such example is the blessing the Reader gets before he reads from the Scriptures. Reader Tim left the choir loft during the Trisagion prayers, walked through the side doors into the Altar. There, Fr. Gary gave his blessing to Reader Tim. Tim kissed Fr. Gary's hand and the Scripture book and then exited out the side door to the center of the Nave, ready to read from the Epistles. This is great that it happens each and every time before the Scripture reading. It reminds everyone about proper order and, I believe, keeps us humble. And, without humility, no one sees God.
During Communion, of course, I do not go because I am not Orthodox, not yet part of the faithful. Something I've been thinking about for a while and have kept forgetting to ask. I notice that right before the Mysteries are distributed to the Faithful, all the kids line up first and they receive first. So This Question:
What is the reason the kids receive communion first? Is it a theological reason?
I'd love to know the answer to this. Are things done differently in other parishes? Keep in mind, that all of my "Live" Orthodox experience has pretty much just happened in one place so I am not sure how things are done in other places. Please comment below if you know the answer.
As always, keep me in your prayers as I remember you in mine.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!