On Sunday, November 28, the parish of Saint Andrew’s Church in Dix Hills was privileged to host the well-known liturgical scholar, author, and podcaster Sister Vassa (Larin) as she helped facilitate a “teaching Liturgy,” followed by a reception and lecture.
At various points in the Liturgy, Sister Vassa stood before the assembled faithful to insert brief explanations of what was happening – not just providing a liturgical explanation with historical context, but going further explain the spiritual journey Christians take during the Liturgy. “She emphasized that the liturgical prayers aid the laity, who are active participants, in shedding their worldly concerns and petty grievances in order to fully partake in things divine,” noted Reader John McLaughlin, the parish president.
The “teaching Liturgy” was conducted with great sensitivity to the Liturgy itself, and the instructive insertions were thoughtful and discreet. “This was a real blessing,” reflected one parishioner. “After all these years, I come to the Liturgy automatically. It was very helpful to pause and think about what it all means,” noted another.
Reader John added, “As Father John served the Divine Liturgy, Sister Vassa explained the meaning and significance of the prayers, which are waystations on the journey to the heavenly banquet of the Eucharist. Her presentation was an insightful success.”
The “teaching Liturgy” was recorded for online catechetical purposes. It can be found by clicking here.