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The Strangest Liturgy I've Ever Attended.
« on: August 22, 2007, 11:15:17 AM »
I've been away skiing for a week, and on Sunday, I drove to my beach house to check on it. On the way, I stopped in a small coastal holiday town called Erowal Bay to attend the Divine Liturgy at a beautiful, large, domed Church. When I entered, there were six other people there, and they were bowing towards the closed Curtain of the Beautiful Gate of the Iconostasis while the Consecration was taking place over the loudspeakers. I waited in the Narthex until the Eucharistic prayer finished, and was surprised to hear a Cantor chant the Theotokion in response, since there was no Cantor present! And when the Priest announced Holy Communion, the Curtain remained closed. What we were actually listening to was a telephone link to a Church in Sydney with two Priests, one of whom comes to Erowal Bay once a month and on major Feasts; and on the days they do not attend, the Liturgy they offer in Sydney is broadcast over the speakers of the Church in Erowal Bay!
I though it was pretty creative!
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Re: The Strangest Liturgy I've Ever Attended.
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2007, 11:22:32 AM »
Dear George,

When I got to this sentence:

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I waited in the Narthex until the Eucharistic prayer finished, and was surprised to hear a Cantor chant the Theotokion in response, since there was no Cantor present!


I was thinking, "cool, an invisible Liturgy; that is strange indeed!"

So you'll have to forgive me if by the time I got to the end of the post I was more disappointed than intrigued.  :D
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Re: The Strangest Liturgy I've Ever Attended.
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2007, 11:32:44 AM »
I've been away skiing for a week, and on Sunday, I drove to my beach house to check on it. On the way, I stopped in a small coastal holiday town called Erowal Bay to attend the Divine Liturgy at a beautiful, large, domed Church. When I entered, there were six other people there, and they were bowing towards the closed Curtain of the Beautiful Gate of the Iconostasis while the Consecration was taking place over the loudspeakers. I waited in the Narthex until the Eucharistic prayer finished, and was surprised to hear a Cantor chant the Theotokion in response, since there was no Cantor present! And when the Priest announced Holy Communion, the Curtain remained closed. What we were actually listening to was a telephone link to a Church in Sydney with two Priests, one of whom comes to Erowal Bay once a month and on major Feasts; and on the days they do not attend, the Liturgy they offer in Sydney is broadcast over the speakers of the Church in Erowal Bay!
I though it was pretty creative!

This is like the internet-liturgies here in the States.  Only it's better, because it gets the community members into the same room. Creative way of keeping people connected!
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Re: The Strangest Liturgy I've Ever Attended.
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2007, 12:57:15 PM »
wow...I'm impressed

I assume that they do this so that they can stay in the spirit of praying together as a Church, even though there's no Eucharist or priest (or cantor).
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Re: The Strangest Liturgy I've Ever Attended.
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2007, 12:58:54 PM »
How did you know about this place George?
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Re: The Strangest Liturgy I've Ever Attended.
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2007, 07:04:40 PM »
How did you know about this place George?
It is a Parish of the Archdiocese, and the address was in the Archdiocese pocket calendar.
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