Here is What My iPhone Told Me Before Liturgy

Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox Church begins when the priest exclaims, “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Our worship is an entering into the Kingdom. We are even reminded about ½ way through the service to lay aside all earthly cares and worship the Only-Sinless One. Liturgy is not a drama or reenactment. It is a breaking through, a stepping out of time as we join the heavenly worship. It is mystical, transformative, timeless and Divine.

The one thing you will have difficulty finding near most Orthodox altars is a clock. Furthermore, the Orthodox priest’s vestments include cuffs that prevent him from looking at, or even wearing, his watch during Liturgy.

So the last thing I should have done this past Sunday, when I knew Orthros was ending early, was to glance at my phone to get the time. Here is what my iPhone told me:

  1. It prominently displayed 8:52 a.m. I was getting ready to make most of my people 8 minutes late for Liturgy.
  2. It had a text from my daughter that said, “We just got into a car wreck. We’re okay but both cars are damaged.”

That was when I had to exclaim, “Blessed is the Kingdom…” and then chant, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life.” It was a tough way to begin the Liturgy.



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5 responses to “Here is What My iPhone Told Me Before Liturgy

  1. wow. Thank God they are okay; very profound to be singing praises just then…

  2. So grateful all are ok!

    A few years ago, the girls and I got in a car wreck on the way to church.

    Mike was already there, vesting. Getting ready for matins. Our Suburban flipped, landed completely upside down, windows shattered out. We were all ok, thanks to God, our guardian angels and our seatbelts. We were all hanging upside down from our seatbelts.

    When Mike got word, he was behind the altar and he had no idea if we were ok or not. He drove as fast as he safely could to the scene of the accident. The police cars were there, along with a crowd of people. All he could see was the car upside down and smashed in. He assumed the worst.

    But, as he ran closer and closer he caught sight of us, all sitting in a cluster on the side of a little hill. He let out a cry of relief. There are no words to express how one feels in that moment.

    Thanks be to God for the protection of your precious family. Every day, every breath is a gift.

  3. Thank God everyone was OK. That would have been a tough “earthly care” to lay aside…

  4. Joan Litman

    Yes…. thank God they are okay.

    One of the first “new lines” for this convert to grab and be continually wrapped up in— “lay aside all earthly care.” We never know the full extent of what that will mean… just keep praying for mercy
    to lay it aside.


  5. Marlene kaim

    Thanks be to God for the safety of your family.
    yes, every moment, whether on our clock (chronos) or God’s (kronos) is a gift and He is present with us in all.

    Christ is risen!

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