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Book Review: Let Us Attend – A Journey through the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

Review: Let Us Attend – A Journey through the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

Author: Fr. Lawrence Farley

Publisher: Conciliar Press Ministries, April 25, 2007

It is quite often difficult to locate in English, books that give a good introduction and basic outline of the Divine Liturgy for catechumens and those attending church for the first time. Let Us Attend is one such book that is an excellent study aid for people who inquire about the various elements of the Divine Liturgy and the underlying meaning. Of course there are things that regular church participants can also draw upon, as Fr Lawrence examines the various elements of the Divine Liturgy from a devotional perspective, as well as its historical development and practice.

Nevertheless the key objective of the author is catechetical in nature, so as to dispel the confusion, disorientation or ignorance that one might experience when being overwhelmed by the beauty of Orthodox worship. As the author contends: “If you would like a deeper understanding of your Sunday morning experience so that you can draw closer to God, then this book is for you”. The supplementary definitions, terms as well as the appendix which provides outlines as to the structure and practice of the Divine Liturgy in Apostolic, Byzantine and modern eras, help to reinforce the author’s contention, while illustrate Orthodoxy’s liturgical continuity.

As for Fr Lawrence, he is a graduate of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania, and presently serves as the priest of St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Mission (OCA) in Surrey B.C., Canada.

Reviewed by V.M.

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