Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New guidebook for the layperson in the Liturgy

What an intriguing book. I hope to review it shortly as a helpful text for catechumens or maybe even as a weeknight parish study book. If you get a chance to read it, do give your thoughts in the comment box.

(AFP) - Come, Let Us Worship walks the reader through the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, explaining the meaning of each element and how the congregant may best participate in this fundamental act of Orthodox worship. Those new to Orthodoxy and those who wonder about the meaning of the Liturgy will find this small guide a helpful and informative companion.

About the Author

The V. Rev. Fr. Patrick B. O’Grady, B.A., M.Div., is a lifelong pastor and an Orthodox priest, now serving as priest-in-charge of St. Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pomona, California. In addition to pastoral duties, Fr. Patrick assists the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America by providing oversight in liturgics and translation. Fr. Patrick contributed to the Orthodox Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, 2008) and has published several articles on liturgical themes. He recently published a major work on the liturgical books of the Orthodox Church (co-authored with Fr. Michel Najim), The Liturgical Books of the Orthodox-Catholic and Apostolic Church, Vol. 1 (St. John of Damascus School of Theology at Balamand, Lebanon, 2015). With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, Fr. Patrick is currently at work on a collaboration to launch the Antiochian Orthodox Institute, which promotes the ideals of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian faith and ethos.

Author: The V. Rev. Fr. Patrick B. O’Grady

Format: Paperback

Also available as an ebook.

Page Length: 136 pages

Retail Price: $13.95


  1. What's the difference between "the ideals of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian faith and ethos" and regular Orthodox Christian faith and ethos?

    1. A good question. I've learned to just mentally ignore these ethnic modifiers.