The Holy Bible

The Christian Orthodox Church proclaims and integrates the Holy Bible in all of its services.

The Psalms are read with particular great frequency, as well as the writings of Moses (Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) and the Prophets.

The Books of the Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are proclaimed in every Eucharistic celebration; and the Acts of the Apostles and Apostolic Epistles (Letters of Paul, Peter, John, James, Jude) are read prior to proclaiming the Gospel reading of the day. The Book of Revelations is the only Biblical Book not read during worship services.

In addition to reading Old and New Testament scripture in our worship services, the services themselves are almost entirely taken from direct or indirect references to scripture, for their format, prayers, petitions and celebratory patterns.

We use the Septuagint version of the Bible for Old Testament readings, and we read the New Testament in the original Greek language.

As an English language translation, the Revised Standard Version (RSV) is most frequently used in Sunday worship; however, the Orthodox Study Bible makes use of the New King James translation.

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For a list of daily scripture readings recommended by the Orthodox Church:

The Orthodox Study Bible is available online: Study Bible