During the Liturgy of the Word the focus is on the proclamation of the Gospel -the Good News
of Jesus Christ -as recorded in the Scriptures. The major portions are as follows:
Opening Doxology: "Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Our worship, which is a
participation in the Kingdom of God, is always focused on the One God
who is Three Persons.
Great Litany: Here we pray for our various needs, asking
the Lord to have mercy on us.
The Antiphons: These Psalm verses are joyful expressions
of praise in which we thank God for His gracious works of love, mercy,
Hymn to Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God: We proclaim
that Jesus, the Incarnate Second Person of the Trinity, is true God and
The Little Entrance: All are solemnly invited to worship
the risen Christ as we pay homage to his presence in the Holy Gospel.
The Troparia and Kontakia: In which we hear the theme of
the day's Liturgy.
The Trisagion: We glorify the Holy Trinity with these words:
"Holy God, Holy and Mighty, holy and Immortal, have mercy on us."
Following these introductory hymns, the Scriptures for the day are read
in this order:
The Prokimenon: A responsorial Psalm.
The Epistle: Taken from the New Testament, this usually
addresses a particular aspect of the Christian life.
The Alleluia: Two Psalm verses separated by the singing
of "Alleluia," which means "Praise the Lord."
The Gospel: The public proclamation of the Word of God,
taken from one of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. We always
stand during the reading of the Gospel.
The Homily: The sermon in which the priest proclaims the
Good News of Christ while applying it to our daily lives.