The Divine Liturgy Service Book contains the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (including those parts that the priest reads silently as well as explanations of the order of the church service). Additional sections of the book are devoted to many prayers for various needs, many selected hymns (troparia, kontakia, prokeimena, antiphons, etc.) for great feasts and saints’ days, and even a rich glossary. The design is composed of three languages (English, Church Slavonic, and Serbian) displayed in a parallel format and accompanied by scriptural references.
Compiled by V Rev Bozidar Dragicevich (1922-2002)
- The entire text is provided in both English and Serbian. Church Slavonic is provided for all those parts of the liturgy which are read aloud and for all the hymns that are sung by choir, clergy and cantors; omitted in the Church Slavonic text are those parts that the priest reads silently, the explanations of the order of the church service, and prayers that Orthodox Christians may read for themselves in church or at home.
- As for alphabets, only the English and Serbian alphabets are used in this book. For the Church Slavonic text, the English alphabet is used.
- The English text is taken from various sources written in English, which are listed in the bibliography.
- The Serbian text is mainly taken from the following sources: Sluzebnik (Priest’s Service Book), published by the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church; the Divine Liturgies, as translated by Very Reverend Archimandrite Justin Popovich; and other sources as listed in the bibliography.
- The Great Feasts, Sundays before and after Nativity and Theophany, and the Paschal Cycle are arranged according to the Church calendar year, which starts September 1 (Old Calendar) or September 14 (New Calendar).
- The Saints’ Days are also arranged according to the Church calendar year, but separately from the Great Feasts, with the exception of the day of St. Archdeacon Stephen, (coinciding with the Third Day of Nativity) and the day of St. Basil the Great (coinciding with the Circumcision of our Lord).
- The dates for the great feasts and saints’ days are marked by both calendars, first the old and then the new calendar.
- The Psalms are numbered according to their order in the English Bible. For instance, Psalms 50 and 103 in the Church Slavonic Bible are Psalms 51 and 104 in the English Bible.