Church traditions need that a Divine Liturgy need to be celebrated in a church on a designated and consecrated Holy Table or at least on an antimension (Greek, ‘instead of the table’) consecrated by an Orthodox bishop.
Antimension is a unique cloth with an image of the Lord’s Burial. It is placed on top rated of the Holy Table and is mandatory for celebration of a Liturgy. If, for a particular explanation, the Liturgy has to be celebrated outdoors of a church, there need to at least be a consecrated antimension.
What are the circumstances that might necessitate celebrating the Liturgy outdoors of a church? For instance, if a church can not include all the faithful on a excellent vacation, it is okay to celebrate the Liturgy in the church yard. Aside from that, transportable antimensions had been also utilized in the army (and navy!) for the duration of military campaigns in the previous, offered that practically nothing would inhibit the right and orderly celebration of the Sacrament of Eucharist.
Speaking of the present day, there is 1 query that has to be moved out of our way very first: Why do we require to hold a church service outdoors of the church? If there’s no Orthodox Church inside attain, it is 1 point, but if it takes place mainly because a priest just desires it, it is certainly unacceptable. The Eucharist is the greatest Sacrament of the Orthodox Church, and thus calls for utmost respect and reverence.
By Andrei Muzolf, an associate professor
of Kiev Theological Academy
Translated by The Catalog of Excellent Deeds
Supply: https://pravlife.org/ru/content material/mozhno-li-sovershat-sluzhbu-ne-v-hrame-chto-dlya-etogo-nuzhno