Divine Liturgy of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark

[The Divine Liturgy of St. Mark is the primary worship service of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria.  While the format of the Divine Liturgy is much the same as the Roman Catholic and other western churches, the words are different.  Here is a beautiful prayer by the priest after the Anaphora (Eucharistic Prayer) and right before the Lord’s Prayer and distribution of communion.]

O God of light, Father of life, Author of grace, Creator of worlds,
Founder of knowledge, Giver of wisdom, Treasure of holiness,
Teacher of pure prayers,  Benefactor of our souls,
who givest to the faint-hearted who put their trust in Thee
those things into which the angels desire to look:

O Sovereign Lord,
who hast brought us up from the depths of darkness to light,
who hast given us life from death,
who hast graciously bestowed upon us freedom from slavery,
who hast scattered the darkness of sin within us,
through the presence of Thine only-begotten Son,
do Thou now also, through the visitation of Thy all-holy Spirit,
enlighten the eyes of our understanding, that we may partake
without fear of condemnation of this heavenly and immortal food,
and sanctify us wholly in soul, body, and spirit,
that with Thy holy disciples and apostles we may say this prayer to Thee: Our Father who art in heaven…..

[Link to prayer.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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5 Responses to Divine Liturgy of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark

  1. Matt Smith says:

    I’d never heard of this liturgy before seeing it posted here. It’s beautiful.

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  3. Matt says:

    Fr, would the Divine Liturgy of St Mark form the basis for the Liturgy in the Coptic Catholic Church also?

  4. Matt Smith says:

    The Catholic Coptic website is down, but looking at an Oriental Orthodox Coptic website (the late Pope Shenouda’s Church) suggests that they still use this liturgy, though they now call it the Liturgy of St. Cyril. They also use the liturgies of St. Gregory (Nazianzus) and St. Basil (the Great). I don’t know which form is ordinary, but I do know that St. Basil’s liturgy is the precursor to John Chrysostom’s, and is an extraordinary form in most Byzantine-rite Churches.

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