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Encinitas

Presanctified Liturgies

During Lent, the festal nature of the Eucharist is reserved for Saturdays and Sundays (except on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos). On day of total fasting, Wednesdays and Fridays, the people receive the Holy Gifts that were presanctified the previous Sunday.

Presanctified Liturgies
Presanctified Liturgies

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Apr 17, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Encinitas, 3459 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, USA

About The Event

Of all the Lenten rules, one is unique to Orthodoxy, and so gives us a key to its liturgical spirit: it forbids the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on weekdays in Lent, as incompatible with fasting, the sole exception being the Feast of the Annunciation. But so as not to deprive the faithful of "the food of immortality", the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is prescribed, that is, a "Eucharistic synaxis" without the Consecration. The festal nature of the Eucharist is thus reserved for Saturdays and Sundays in Lent, while on the days of total fasting, Wednesdays and Fridays, the people receive the Holy Gifts that were sanctified on the previous Sunday.

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