Tomorrow – Wednesday night – is the penultimate rotating presanctified liturgy here in the Worcester Orthodox universe, and as always it is at our Cathedral.  I will be celebrating it (the rubrics for this liturgy call for only one priest to serve) and so tonight as I read my usual sites on the internet I started thinking about the service and remembered an offhand remark Fr. Calivas made at our clergy retreat last year.  Father was discussing the liturgy of the presanctified gifts and its more penitential feel.  He said that at one time it was associated with the marriage ceremony.  This linking is long gone, of course, since the liturgy is only celebrated during Lent and there is no liturgy or communion with the Orthodox wedding service.  But I am very curious to know when this all came about, why, etc.  You can seemingly find everything on the internet but… I came up with absolutely nothing on the subject of the presanctified and marriage services together.  This gives me a good excuse to call Fr. Calivas to get the scoop – will report my findings when I do…

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