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#10189440 Oct 23, 2014 at 02:30 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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This is our stage. This is where we show Stormwind and the rest of the community that Liturgy is our crown jewel.

As lofty as that sounds, The Clergy of the Holy Light (College of Canons) is known, since its inception, for conducting holy rituals and rites within Stormwind. We are the face of the Diocese of Stormwind. Therefore, it is extremely important that every guild member is well-versed and capable in participating in all roles of Liturgy.

What is Liturgy?

Liturgy is the term used to describe the service that is performed in the observation of the Holy Light. High Liturgy is meant to be a public performance and inclusive to all who wish to come and observe. Liturgy involves specific rites and formalities that are executed by Church staff. Since the Clergy of the Holy Light (College of Canons) is charged with executing liturgical life in Stormwind, we are responsible for carrying out this service.

What is the difference between High Liturgy and Low Liturgy?

High Liturgy is the service that we most commonly participate in. High Liturgy is scheduled every Sunday at 8pm server time, and involves the public and Clergy members.

Low Liturgy is a form of Liturgy that is reserved mainly for the private audience of Clergy and Church associated members. We do not conduct Low Liturgy at this time. Our main focus is the consistency of High Liturgy every Sunday evening.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10189444 Oct 23, 2014 at 02:31 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
Light's Elect
105 Posts
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10192028 Oct 24, 2014 at 06:46 AM · Edited over 7 years ago
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Glossary of Liturgical Terms (With Pictures!)

These are terms and words that you may often hear being ICly or OOCly referenced to when it comes to Liturgy. These are terms and definitions that everyone in the guild should be familiar with and understand their significance.


Altar- The altar stands in the center of the Dais. It is the "table" through which the church offers blessings and communes with the Holy Light. The utmost respect and reverence is shown to the altar during Liturgy by Genuflecting or bowing before approaching.


Celebrant - The Celebrant is considered the leading figure of Liturgy. The Celebrant is usually an ordained priest, bishop or archbishop. The Celebrant is responsible for speaking the Introductory Rite, Collect of the Day, the Sermon/Homily, and the Concluding Rite.


Codex of Rites - This is the "how-to book" we follow to conduct rites and ceremonies that has been approved by the Council of Bishops and the Archbishop. This is the book that we refer to when teaching Liturgy to our students. Here is the official source for the Codex of Rites verified by Moorwhelp and Mellar.


Codex of Scripture - This is the collection of official holy texts, epistles (letters), spiritual stories and narratives from past saints, bishops and priests. This is similar to the "bible" in Christianity. When the Lection is read during Liturgy, it is read from the Codex of Scripture. During Liturgy, the Lector holds the Codex of Scripture. Here is the official source for the Codex of Scripture verified by Moorwhelp and Mellar.


Collect - The Collect is a short prayer said by the Celebrant during Liturgy. It's purpose is to "collect" the parishioners by gathering them for worship. The Collect is taken from a predetermined list based on the month and week.


College of Canons - This is the In-Character title of our guild. While the word "Clergy" is often related to our guild members, the official title for who we are as a guild is The College of Canons.


Concluding Rite - These are the closing prayers/rites that the Celebrant speaks in Liturgy. Basically another term to mean "Let's wrap this thing up."


Congregation - This term may refer to a official committee or council (i.e. Congregation for Sacred Texts) or it may refer to the church audience as a whole.


Dais - The Dais is the raised "stage" so-to-speak in the Cathedral. When you step on the stairs to ascend to the altar, you are stepping on the Dais. The altar sits atop the Dais. During Liturgy, the Dais becomes the Sanctuary of the Temple.


Genuflect/Bow - To Genuflect is a way of showing your reverence or respect for the Light and the Sanctuary of the Temple before entering it. To execute this properly, you align yourself at the bottom of the Dais or before the Altar, type /kneel and then quickly stand again, so that it is a kneel for a few seconds.


Habit - Your holy uniform. While you are not expected to wear your habit at all times, you are expected to wear your habit during Liturgy and any other official ceremonies. If you are unsure of what your habit is, please refer to the Guidelines and Regulations page.


High Liturgy - This is ceremony which we celebrate every Sunday evening at 8pm server time. This ceremony is meant to be inviting to the public and inviting to all. High Liturgy requires at least a Celebrant, Lector and Thurifer.


Introductory Rite - This is meant to be the "opener" of the ceremony. Kind of like saying "Hello everyone. Let's get started." This includes acknowledging the Congregation, a moment of silent prayer, and reading aloud the Collect of the day.


Lection - The Lection is the reading from the Codex of Scripture that is read by the Lector in Liturgy. The Lection should be chosen before Liturgy (usually by whomever is giving the Sermon) so that the Lector can prepare on what to recite. The Lection is short in nature and always chosen from the Codex of Scripture.


Lector - The one who reads the Lection. The Lector is usually the second (middle) in the Procession and always carries the Codex of Scripture. If/when you are acting as Lector and reading the Lection, please remember to type /read while you're standing before the Congregation.


Low Liturgy - This is a form of Liturgy reserved for private members of the Church. We do not currently partake in Low Liturgy, but when referred to in-character, it is meant to be for an exclusive and private audience.


Nave - The Nave is the main hall of the Church. It is where the aisle from the doors lead up to the Dais. This is where the Congregation of parishioners gather and stand during Liturgy.


Ordained Priest - An ordained priest is a priest that has completed their education and training and may take the title of "Mother" or "Father". It is required that the Celebrant in any Liturgy is an ordained priest. A priest may only be ordained by a bishop or archbishop.


Procession - The procession is the term for the line or assembly of the Sacred Ministers (Celebrant, Lector, Thurifer) that proceed to and from the Dais and Altar during Liturgy. The procession always begins with the Thurifer/Acolyte in the front, followed by the Lector and ending with the Celebrant.


Quire/Choir - This refers (for Liturgical purposes) the order that the clergy assembles during Liturgy. When you're asked to stand in Quire, you are being asked to stand in the center of the diamond tiles that line the Nave. While others of the Congregation may stand haphazardly, you will be asked to stand in Quire.


Rite - A Rite is a procedure or ritual. Rites, whether they refer to Liturgy or not, are already defined and act as a blueprint for that specific purpose.


Sacred Ministers - This is a name for the members of the Procession during Liturgy. They are meant to represent the varied offices or ranks of the priesthood.


Sanctuary of the Temple - The Sanctuary of the Temple is what is referred to the space upon the Dais in the Cathedral. During Liturgy, this space becomes sacred and divine. This is why the Sacred Ministers Genuflect before entering the Sanctuary as a sign of reverence.


Sermon/Homily - The Sermon is the "editorial" portion of Liturgy. This is not a pre-defined rite, but a message crafted by the Celebrant as a way of communicating the message they want to share. The Sermon typically refers back to the Lection that was read aloud, which is why the Celebrant often informs the Lector before Liturgy which reading to use.


Thurible - The Thurible is the instrument, also known as a censer, through which holy incense is burned and the smoke billows from. It is usually made of brass or other shiny metal, and suspended by chains, as to swing back and forth while the Thurifer carries it.


Thurifer - The Thurifer (also known as an Acolyte) is the one that leads the Procession of Sacred Ministers and swings the Thurible back and forth, as to spread the smoke of the holy incense. The Thurifer has no other duties during Liturgy other than to lead the Procession to the Dais and bring up the rear when the Procession leaves the Dais.


Transept - The Transept is the room adjacent to the Nave of the Cathedral where the Sacred Ministers of the Procession gather before Liturgy, and enter into upon the close of Liturgy. You will often hear this room referenced to during role-playing situations.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10206430 Oct 27, 2014 at 06:14 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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The Cathedral Blueprint


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"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10206444 Oct 27, 2014 at 06:17 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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STEP ONE: Gathering in the Transept


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"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10206462 Oct 27, 2014 at 06:18 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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STEP TWO: The Procession


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Procession

The liturgy properly begins with the procession. It is a liturigcal action in itself and shows the movement of the heart towards the Light.

The procession is ordered by hierarchy. First, the THURIFER/ACOLYTE carrying, if it is to be used, the smoking thurible.

Then, the LECTOR. If the LECTOR be an ordained DEACON, he or she carries the Codex of Scripture.

Finally, the CELEBRANT vested in fine robes appropriate to the occasion. These three offices constitute the SACRED MINISTERS. They must wear, at least, a white robe or their religious habit. The CELEBRANT may never wear solely the religious habit.

Never shall a sacred minister approach the sanctuary of the Temple without first having been dressed in at least the plain white robe. The non-ordained ministers, even if they be Sacred Knights or Paladins of the Church, must never approach the sanctuary wearing the armor of battle.

It is highly preferred that the vesture of the Sacred Ministers is likened onto one another, though the vesture of the CELEBRANT should always be finer in some capacity.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10206544 Oct 27, 2014 at 06:36 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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STEP THREE: Introductory Rite


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Introductory Rite

The CELEBRANT greets the faithful, saying:
CELEBRANT: "Light be with you."
ALL: "And also with you."
CELEBRANT: "Brethren, let us acknowledge our sins and so prepare ourselves for this celebration."

A moment of silence is observed.

CELEBRANT: "Have mercy on us, O most Holy Light."
ALL: "Have mercy on us."
CELEBRANT: "May the most Holy and Blessed Light have mercy upon us and forgive us our sins."
ALL: "May it be so."
CELEBRANT: "Let us pray."

A moment of silence is observed and then the collect proper to the day is read aloud by the CELEBRANT to which all respond:
ALL: "May it be so."

Here is a link to all of the proper collect, depending upon the month and week.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10206612 Oct 27, 2014 at 06:51 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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STEP FOUR: The Lection


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The Lection

Once the collect has been completed, the LECTOR comes before the celebrant and kneels, saying:
LECTOR: "Pray, Father(Mother)(Bishop), your blessing."
CELEBRANT: "May the most Holy Light sanctify your words and make you worthy to proclaim its scripture."

The LECTOR then goes to the place of the Lection and says:
LECTOR: "A lecture from the book (letter) of N."

Then, the LECTOR recites aloud the assigned lecture.

Once the lecture has been concluded, the LECTOR says:
LECTOR: "The wisdom of the Light."
ALL: "Thanks be to the Holy Light."
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10210494 Oct 28, 2014 at 03:18 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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STEP FIVE: The Sermon


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The Sermon

The CELEBRANT moves to the place for the sermon and delivers it in a clear voice.

*However, if another person of merit is to give the sermon (student), he or she shall give proper reverence to the altar--either a genuflection or bow--and move to the place of the sermon. Again, no one shall enter the sanctuary without wearing the proper vesture. The sermon may be delivered outside of the sanctuary if this is not possible.

If you need help with writing a Sermon or Homily, please speak with a priest officer, or an officer that has constructed sermons in the past.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10210799 Oct 28, 2014 at 04:22 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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STEP SIX: Concluding Rite


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Concluding Rite

Following the sermon, or the proper rite if it has occurred, the CELEBRANT once again greets the people saying:
CELEBRANT: "Light be with you."
ALL: "And also with you."
CELEBRANT: "O let my prayer rise up to the heavens."
ALL: "And let my cry for help reach you."
CELEBRANT: "May the most Holy Light bless you and protect you from all evil."
ALL: "May it be so."

CELEBRANT: "Go in peace."
ALL: "Thanks be to the Holy Light."

The SACRED MINISTERS then return to the place of preparation. This is customarily done in a procession similar to that at the start of the liturgy, though the altar is not reverenced again.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
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