The first liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts was served

The first liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts was served

17 March 2021

On March 17, 2021, on the Wednesday of the first week of Great Lent, the first Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts was served in the Tithe Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.

The divine service was led by the abbot of the monastery, His Grace Gideon, Bishop Makarovsky, he was concelebrated by the monastery brethren in the priesthood.

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is a divine service during which the faithful are offered for communion the Holy Gifts, consecrated before - at the previous full liturgy according to the order of St. Basil the Great or St. John Chrysostom and kept in the ark usually on the throne.

The Sixth Ecumenical Council with Canon 52 approved the widespread celebration of the Presanctified Liturgy on weekdays of the Holy Forty, so as not to deprive believers of mystical communion with the Lord and at the same time not to break fast and repentance by celebrating the full solemn liturgy.

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts dates back to apostolic times. Gregory Dvoeslov restored the widespread use of this Liturgy.