I'm just awful curious...
Do the priests and/or deacons say additional prayers?
In a moment of weakness, I wondered about a secret handshake, but......
My brother do not squash flat what is made for your benefit.
Allow yourself to EXCEPT the mystery.
Othodoxy is the true worship.
If we are with God than we know Him by His virtue. His vitue can not be seen with eyes. His virtue is 'experienced' within us'.
The liturgy is designed by God through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are blessed in everyway possible during liturgical prayer.....
are consecrated by looking upon the rightious stare of the Icons of the saints (which is the Iconographical laguage of Gods Holy word) and seeing the beauty of the Holy Alter with the Light of the clergical vestments which is the evidence of the fire of the Holy Spirit which fell upon the Apostles and the Holy church at pentacost.
the voices of the angels singing; enraptured in prayer when the true Messiah our LOrd and Savior Jesus Christ suffered on the cross shacking the earth which exist in the holy liturgical prayers of the deacons and priests.
the sweet smell of incense which symbolize Christs birth form the Holy Virgin Mary mother of God (she is the coal and the censor)and His death, resurrection and ascention for our sakes.
We raise our hands
in prayer as Christ raised His Holy hands on the cross While asking His father.."forgive them for they know not what they are doing" as well as saying His other six prayers in our behalf.
We stand (not sit)
because we are guilty as charged and are prepared for sentencing for our many sins.
We open our mouths
and take in the Holy Body and precious blood of Christ for remission of our sins which we masticate with our horrible teeth
and swallow into our cursing throats
and consume into our stomachs
filled with the cares of the world.
We sing and praise and clap and rejoice
that we are able to recieve the great and immortal gift of salvation.
the santurary aware
of Gods love for us although we are unworthy of His love.
Now....After having all your senses and all your body completely consumed in worship and being keenly aware Gods main purpose; how can we still be curious of Gods mystery?
We must focus on our worship and enjoy our blessings.
The myteries that remain remind us that we are still Gods people and that He has much more in store for you us.
Thank God for the Orthodox Church.
Deacon Amde Tsion