The ''' Little Entrance''' is the procession of the [[ clergy]] to the [[ altar]] led by the [[ Evangelion|Book of the Gospels]]. It sometimes called the ''"Small"'' or ''" First"'' Entrance.
Procession== If the [[ priest]] is serving the [[ Divine Liturgy]] alone, without a [[ bishop]], the Little Entrance is made by the clergy circling the [[ altar table]] and then to the middle of the church with the Gospel Book. Then he enters the altar through the [[ royal doors]] of the [[ iconostasis]] accompanied by the [[ hymn]] of Entrance.
If the bishop is celebrating, the Gospel Book is brought out to him in the center of the church, in the midst of the people, where he has been standing from the beginning of the liturgy. This is led by the deacon ( who holds the Gospel Book in the procession) , and is followed by priests in order of rank.
Meaning== In the Little Entrance, the movement of the entire [[ Church]] , through its Head [[ Jesus Christ]] in the person of the celebrant ( and in the Gospel Book the celebrant is holding) , to the altar , which symbolizes the [[ Kingdom of God]] , can be seen.
But dwelling on this " historical- representational symbolism" can lead to a separation of the clergy and the laity and a resulting misinterpretation of the two groups from full participants in the common action to performers and audience. <sup>(see: [http://jacwell.org/Liturgical%20Music/symbol_and_reality_in_the_divine.htm SYMBOL AND REALITY IN THE DIVINE LITURGY])</sup>
History== Originally, the Little Entrance marked the beginning of the service, but it is now preceded by various [[ litany| Litanies]] and [[ Psalms]]. It was a way the bring the Gospel Book from where it was kept to the service.
See also==*[http://www.ortodoksi.net/tietopankki/jumalanpalvelus/palveluksessa_tapahtuu/pieni_saatto.htm Little Entrance (Video)] (fi)