Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

Great Lent: Worship Services at Holy Trinity

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts (Wednesdays)

The Orthodox Church does not celebrate the eucharistic Divine Liturgy on weekdays during Great Lent. In order for the faithful to sustain their Lenten effort by receiving Holy Communion, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is served on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, beginning the second Wednesday in Lent, February 28.

This evening service is a solemn Lenten Vespers with the administration of Holy Communion from the eucharistic gifts sanctified on the Divine Liturgy of the previous Sunday. It follows a day of spiritual preparation and fasting.

As with all preparation for receiving the Eucharist, there is a period of fasting for some time beforehand. While Sunday mornings are simple: (endeavor to neither eat nor drink until you break the fast with the Eucharist), it can be harder to recommend a guideline for the mid week Eucharist at the Liturgy of the Presanctified gifts, because people's circumstances are so varied. Here is a simple norm to follow: After eating a light Lenten lunch at whatever hour your midday meal is taken, refrain from any eating or drinking until after you have received the Eucharist in the evening . If this proves difficult for you, consult with a priest or fellow church member to discern an appropriate rule.

The faithful receive Holy Communion to the chanting of the verse from Psalm 34: "Taste and see how good the Lord is!"

(Approximate time: 1 hour, 10 minutes. The service is followed by a Lenten potluck meal, to which all are invited.)

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