Byzantine Liturgy

Byzantine Liturgy

 

The Byzantine Liturgies, Vespers, and Matins services have retained many characteristics of their origin from the third or fourth century. Though many similarities prevail with the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, the Byzantine Catholic Church provides rituals which truly capture the fullness and meaning of these Holy Mysteries. These celebrations are rich ceremonies which emphasize events that occurred during the life of Jesus Christ as depicted through icons that adorn our church, hymns that we sing, and traditions that we uphold.

 

What will vary is the tonality of the music, based upon the musical cultural tradition of the worshipping community. Byzantines use no musical instruments in worship, but are led a cappella by a cantor or a choir. The entire service is sung or chanted, including readings from Scripture.