Introduction to Eastern Christian Liturgy
Divine Liturgy is the main Sunday Service in the Byzantine tradition, i.e. the Eucharistic Service. Latin Catholics call their Divine Liturgy “the Mass” because the last few words they speak in Latin are “Ite, missa est.” We don’t have Latin words in our liturgy so we don’t have a Latin name for it, but if you call it the Mass, we’ll know what you’re talking about. Remember: no worries.
 
In our tradition of worship, no musical instruments are used. Our praise and worship of God involves only the instrument that God Himself gave us: the human voice. The Church clearly inherited this liturgical form from the Jewish synagogue services–services in which our Lord himself participated. Only one prayer is spoken, and all the rest is chanted or sung in the liturgy, even the Bible readings. It’s the same song week to week, and it’s a simple tune, so you’ll know it by heart in no time. Follow along in the liturgical books if you want. Some people prefer not to read along but just to take it all in. There is no right or wrong way.
 
The very word liturgy means common work and it is through our congregational singing that we engage this work of praising God together. By announcing the truth of God’s love and salvation with music and song, we not only proclaim the Good News, but also participate in the Lord’s work of creation. By singing the services, we become living icons who point to Our Lord’s beauty, peace, joy and truth. We welcome your voice and the faith of your prayer in our sacrifice of praise.
 

The LORD is my strength and my song (Exodus 15:2)
“Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I will sing of the LORD , I will sing;
with song I will praise the LORD , the God of Israel.” (Judges 5:3)