In getting reading for Vespers this evening I had to take a quick peek in the Typicon for the service. The need to have to look at the rubrics, of what I am supposed to do, reminded me of an article I just read regarding the contribution to contemporary liturgical renewal given to us by Bishop Atanasije (Jevtic). A quick excerpt from the article:
We look at that “oldest preserved manuscript of the Byzantine rite, the so-called Barberini Euchologion (from the end of the VIII century) which Bishop Atanasije has translated … In them we see that rubrics existed but for what would for us today be an unthinkably small measure. This tells us clearly that the liturgical act at that time was / that it, in fact, was always like this / an area of freedom in faith to the Holy Spirit, and that in the service the liturgist, as Bishop Atanasije says: “would serve the Divine Liturgy being led by the Holy Spirit, in a living, oral tradition.”
Could have just done without the Typicon and let the Spirit guide me. Maybe next Saturday I’ll do just that.