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Hello,

I'm trying to find a guide for the Byzantine Liturgy (St John Chrysostom).

What I need is not the spiritual explanation but I need a source (book, presentation, videos...etc.) that explains what the priest does and what the deacons and altar servers do in details...for example: when would the deacon bring the censor? how to prepare it? what prayers to be said on the way to church? what prayers to be said in specific parts of the church?

Am I clear enough?


Thanks in advance & God Bless!

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The study text of the translations of the liturgicons gives the complete prayers and rubrics for the Divine Liturgies; it also includes the instructions from the another book with detailed rubrics, the Ordo (for short). See the links at the bottom of this page, Draft Study Texts of the Ruthenian Divine Liturgies (Chr & Bas) under Attachments.

It's a start and is the text of the liturgy itself, not just an explanation. Praying the liturgy is the best experience and knowledge.

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This is going to vary depending on which usage of the Byzantine Rite you follow. But here are some starting places.

So the somewhat standard (English language) Russian books are:

D. Sokolof, A Manual of Divine Services: http://www.amazon.com/Manual-Orthodox-Churchs-Divine-Services/dp/0884650677

Gregory W. Woolfenden, A Practical Handbook for Divine Services: http://www.amazon.com/A-Practical-Handbook-Divine-Services/dp/0884651916/

And more on the Typicon than serving: Job Getcha, The Typikon Decoded: http://www.amazon.com/The-Typikon-D...?ie=UTF8&refRID=1D32AZ3E1TA4K604WDEX

But this is hardly going to get you what you want, they assume too much knowledge/experience already.

There are more concrete Ukrainian serving instructions here:
http://saintelias.com/ca/servers/index.php

The Antiochian Orthodox Church has published their translation of the 1951 Arabic translation of the Greek Typicon online: http://almoutran.com/pdf/typikon.pdf

I seem to recall that there's an English translation of the current Greek Orthodox typicon in print as a book, but I can't find a link.

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Wowwww...


Thanks a lot ajk & JBenedict

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There is a translation of the Protheoria of the Violakis typikon, http://www.amazon.com/Protheoria-Bi...81765&sr=8-1&keywords=protheoria

I believe there is a translation of the entire Typikon in the works, to come out next year or 2017, but I cannot locate where I heard that.


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