Lazarus Saturday Liturgy

On Lazarus Saturday we traditionally do the Proskomedia in the middle of the church. This is more educational than anything else.

The Liturgy is the work of the people.  The people should know what is happening and why.  Our Church is endowed with many beautiful customs and cultures and it is a shame that many of us do not know them. 

During the Proskomedia the priest prepares the bread and wine for the Liturgy.  In the Russian practice we use three loaves.  In the Greek practice, it is only one loaf, but that one loaf is considerably larger.  Both practices have a seal imprint on the top and portion is cut out of the loaf and consecrated into the Body of Christ.   This portion is called the Lamb.

In the Russian practice, particles are taken from five loaves and they represent the living and the dead.  In many Russian churches, people submit papers with names on them and a particle represents each name.  These particles are on the patent with the Lab.

After Communion, the deacon brushes these particles into the Chalice saying, "Wash away, O Lord, the sins of those remembered here."  After receiving the blessing from the priest, the deacon consumes the left over Lamb and particles with the wine.
 

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