THE SECOND LITURGY
In the Orthodox Christian Church, the main worship service or mass is called the Divine Liturgy, held every Sunday, and sometimes throughout the week. It's a mix of prayers, hymns, Scripture readings, a sermon, and the Eucharist (Communion), in which prepared Orthodox Christians receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. The word liturgy means "the work of the people."
The Divine Liturgy is considered the pinnacle of our experiencing the reality of God. However, it doesn't just end with the final Amen. As we describe in our first podcast episode, the work of the people extends into the "Liturgy after the liturgy" as we encounter Christ at the table of the poor.
"...St. John Chrysostom, who shaped the order of the eucharistic Liturgy ordinarily celebrated by Orthodox, strongly underlined 'the sacrament of the brother,' namely the spiritual sacrifice, the philanthropy and service which Christians have to offer outside the worship, in public places, on the altar of their neighbor's heart. For him there is a basic coincidence between faith, worship, life and service, therefore the offering on 'the second altar' is complementary to the worship at the Holy Table." - Fr. Ion Bria, Church of Romania (1929-2002)
What would happen if we were to devote ourselves to the second altar as we do to the first altar? Together, let's explore how we can partake fully, not just on Sundays, but with all of our encounters with all people, especially those in need, throughout the week. We invite you to join us at The Second Liturgy.
We're not experts. We're not great at philanthropy. We're just two guys trying to figure it all out as we go.
Timm Wenger has a degree in social work, has half a dozen part-time jobs, and loves to brainstorm. He has traveled to a dozen countries, including a four-month stint volunteering with kids living on the streets in Brazil. Timm is happily married to Kristina; they are parents to Katia (married to John) and Thaniel.
After graduating from an inner-city high school in 2017, Thaniel spent six months working for the Orthodox Christian non-profit FOCUS Pittsburgh. He currently studies marketing and is a professional photographer. Outside of the office, Thaniel is a member of his OCF chapter and is also a subdeacon.
Both Timm and Thaniel work part-time producing podcasts for Ancient Faith Radio. They attend St. John Chrysostom Orthodox Church in York, Pa., and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Lancaster, Pa.