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Diocese of Charleston Liturgical Information

Whenever serving any of our services, when possible, you should always utilize liturgical texts from the archdiocese that have been approved in writing by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip. It is always best to choose the latest edition of the text in this regard. When choosing music, your first directive is to contact the Department of Sacred Music. You should feel free to contact Christopher Holwey (815.931.8268, at any time. You may find addresses and phone numbers for him in the archdiocese directory. In addition to this, so that you may get advice on how to serve the service and what music to use, you may call the office of St. Philip's in Souderton. You may speak to Fr. Boniface (215.721.4947, or his wife, Kh. Joyce to receive advice about serving the service and what music to use.

There are liturgical services that you will be called upon to serve that can not be found in texts of the Archdiocese. In some cases, even though the texts are available through the Archdiocese, some particulars in how to serve the service may not be included. I want to be sure that we are doing everything that we can to serve the services properly in continuity with the other churches of this Archdiocese. When you need help serving these services, you are certainly welcome to utilize Arabic texts from our Patriarchate. You are also welcome to visit the liturgical website of the diocese of Wichita and Mid-America.

If and when you utilize these resources, you are to immediately contact Fr. Edward Hughes (978.686.3274, of our Archdiocese depart of Liturgics and Translations or Fr. Thomas Zain (, 718.748.7940) dean of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, who works at the Archdiocese and teaches liturgics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Both of these priests are able to read the texts in Arabic from the Patriarchate and both of them are in close contact with His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, so that you can be offered proper interpretation.

If you have any questions in this regard, please use our Archdiocese directory and confer with any of the people mentioned above.

Click here for a listing of books for a basic liturgical library.

Click here for serving notes for Divine Services with the Bishop.

Click here for information on the fasting seasons.