This 62-page pamphlet for worship contains the text of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. The Presanctified Liturgy, as it is also known, is celebrated on weekdays during Great Lent, a season of repentance, fasting, and intensified prayer, when the more frequent reception of communion is desirable; however, the full Divine Liturgy, having a joyful character, is not in keeping with the somberness of the season of repentance (Eucharist literally means 'thanksgiving') and so the Presanctified is substituted. Although this service may be performed on any weekday (Monday through Friday) of Great Lent, common parish practice is to celebrate it only on Wednesdays, Fridays, and on higher feast days on which the polyeleos, or the sung festival Matins gospel reading, that fall on a weekday. The Typicon also prescribes the Presanctified Liturgy on the Thursday of the Great Canon (the fifth Thursday of Lent), and on first three days of Holy Week.
62 pages, 6 X 4 X 0.25 inches