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Updated Online Liturgics Guide for Parish Use

Archpriest Thomas Zain writes on December 23, 2013:

Beloved in Christ: It is with great joy that we present to you our updated Online Liturgical Guide containing the Service Texts of the weekend services for parish use. The new order for publishing Great Vespers, Litia-Artoklasia, Orthros and Divine Liturgy Variables commences January 5, 2014. Like before, the Antiochian Archdiocese will offer word-for-word compilations of these services, as well as "abbreviated rubrics." The Service Texts will be posted in Rich Text Format (RTF) that can be used in any word-processing software for making booklets, as well as the traditional Portable Document Format (PDF).

Last spring, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip appointed me to chair a new Committee on Liturgics to bring together the various people in the archdiocese who were doing this work in their respective dioceses so that we might pool our talents in order to present a unified set of liturgical notes for our one archdiocese. This new committee works in conjunction with the existing Department of Liturgics and Translations under the leadership of Archpriest Edward Hughes and has representatives from all of the various dioceses. As we move forward with this committee, you can expect to see more and more services for feast days and saints' days. These notes will match the printed liturgical guide prepared by Archpriest Elia Shalhoub as well as the bilingual Orthros (Matins) service prepared each week by Archpriest Nicholas Dahdal. Additionally, the Epistles and Gospels match exactly the weekly readings published by our Patriarchate. If anything was overlooked in the printed Liturgical Guide, you will find the corrections listed in a special section on this page, so please check it on a regular basis for any corrections that were overlooked in the editing process.

Some of the things that you will see in these notes vary slightly from what we have been doing for years and what we see printed in the Kazan music and other archdiocesan liturgical books. Please follow what you see here as these things have been discussed by the committee and approved by Metropolitan Philip and our local Synod of Bishops (the order of "God is the Lord" at Orthros and the Saturday evening vesperal Prokeimenon are two examples). As new books are published and old ones are reprinted, they will reflect these changes. As we continue to review and revise the texts of our various services, we will continue to make the changes via this format until such time as they can be corrected permanently in our books.

If you find any typos or have any questions regarding the Service Texts, do not hesitate to email Sub-deacon Peter Samore at For general questions about what you see here or for other issues you might like the Committee on Liturgics to take up in the future, feel free to email me at For matters dealing with special services for your parish, for Parish Life Conferences and other gatherings, or the publishing of liturgical books, please continue to direct them to Fr. Edward Hughes, the chairman of the Department of Liturgics and Translations at

Finally, I would like to thank all the members of my committee, both for their prior work in trying to bring order to the services in their various dioceses before our committee was formed and for their participation in this new committee. We pray that God blesses this new endeavor and that it will be done "decently and in order" (I Cor. 10:40) to His glory.

In Christ,

Archpriest Thomas Zain


Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America


Read Metropolitan Philip's December 2013 Letter to Clergy on Liturgical Standards (PDF)

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