The mission of the Department of Liturgics and Translations is twofold: both to provide parishes with approved liturgical texts, and to provide education and guidance as to the best and most appropriate practice of liturgics. Because liturgical rubrics and liturgical music share so many overlapping areas of concern, this department also works closely with the Department of Sacred Music.
As the only source for archdiocesan-approved liturgical texts, the staff of this department is continually hard at work translating, re-working, and publishing service books that will help parishes navigate various kinds of liturgical situations and occasions. For example, knowing that our archdiocese now has more bishops than ever before, and that our parishes enjoy hosting them and praying with them, the department recently developed a book to help priests serve alongside their bishops smoothly and properly. As the department goes forward, it hopes to continue meeting the evolving needs of our unique Antiochian-American liturgical tradition while simultaneously safeguarding the tradition as it has been handed down to us.
An online liturgical guide is provided for each Sunday on this webpage; it includes variations in the order of service and the variable texts for the day. As this department exists to serve the immediate needs of parish liturgical life, it welcomes comments, suggestions, and questions.
The Liturgical Texts for the month of December, blessed by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, are now ready for clergy and laity to download from the Online Liturgical Guide.
This month, Orthodox Christians find themselves in the midst of the forty-day Fast in preparation of the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. Fr. Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory called this time of year the "Winter Pascha" because, as Fr. Thomas Hopko puts it, "He was worshipped by wise men that the whole of creation might adore Him in His triumph over death."
In anticipation of many parishes offering divine services on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, the Online Liturgical Guide now features Daily Vespers and Divine Liturgy Variables for the American holiday.
Warm Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes from our home to you and your beloved parishioners. May the joy and peace of this Holy Season shine in your hearts now and throughout the New Year!
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America
Christ is in our Midst!
As has been the practice each year around this time, we are distributing the attached Sunday Liturgical Calendar for 2015 with a greeting from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph.
This calendar will be posted on www.antiochian.org but we will not be sending a paper copy through regular mail in order to save some time and money.
This calendar conforms in every respect to the one which was recently sent to us from the offices of the Patriarchate of Antioch. Any discrepancy that may exist in other calendars occurred because they were published before the Patriarchal calendar was made available to us.