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The Fasting Rule of the Orthodox Catholic Byzantine Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 15, 2017, In : Byzantine Catholics 
The Church's traditional teaching on fasting is not widely known or followed in our day. For those Orthodox Christians who are seeking to keep a more disciplined fast, the following information may be helpful.

Though the rules may appear quite strict to those who have not seen them before, they were developed with all of the faithful, not only monks, in mind. (Monks do not eat meat, so rules regarding the eating of meat cannot have been written with them in mind. Similarly rules reg...


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Simple Rule of Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 15, 2017, In : Byzantine Catholics 

The holy Apostle Paul has told each of us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). Most of us know that we are far from achieving this goal: to pray without ceasing, we must first at least pray frequently; and to pray frequently most of us must first pray regularly — according to some rule.

The Church gives us many helpful rules of prayer. Most prayer books include useful sets of morning and evening prayers, prayers at mealtimes, and so on.

The following short rule is som...


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Byzantine Catholic Rule of Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 19, 2016, In : Byzantine Catholics 

One of the most common questions we receive at byzcath.org is from those seeking to start and keep a daily rule of prayer. Since a prayer life is something that can really only be undertaken and kept under the guidance of one’s spiritual father (or mother) we are always hesitant about making suggestions along these lines. Always we respond that the individual should contact his spiritual father for guidance. All too often, however, the inquirer responds with...
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Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 26, 2016, In : Byzantine Catholics 
The Holy, Glorious All-laudable Apostle and Evangelist, Virgin, and Beloved Friend of Christ, John the Theologian was the son of Zebedee and Salome, a daughter of St Joseph the Betrothed. He was called by our Lord Jesus Christ to be one of His Apostles at the same time as his elder brother James. This took place at Lake Gennesareth (i.e. the Sea of Galilee). Leaving behind their father, both brothers followed the Lord.

The Apostle John was especially loved by the Savior for his sacrifi...


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Differences between Greek and Russian divine services

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 26, 2016, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Basil Krivoshein
Archbishop of Brussels and Belgium

A report given at the Liturgical Conference at the St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris, on July 2, 1975

The aim of this report is not to examine in detail the historical evolution of the forms of Divine services, the origin of specific differences between Greeks and Russians, the significance of the different Typikons in this process, nor their mutual influences, etc. I am not a liturgist and will no...


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The Russian Icon that Reveals the Mystery of the Trinity

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, In : Byzantine Catholics 

“It is most absurd and improper to depict in icons God the Father with a grey beard and the Only-Begotten Son in His bosom with a dove between them, because no-one has seen the Father according to His Divinity, and the Father has no flesh […] and the Holy Spirit is not in essence a dove, but in essence God.” (Great Synod of Moscow, 1667)

For the Russian Orthodox Church, depicting the Holy Trinity in art has been an issue of controversy for the past thousand years. Even though t...


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Stump the Priest: Did the Early Church Venerate Icons?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 2, 2016, In : Byzantine Catholics 

An Iconoclast removing an icon of Christ

Question: "Isn't the fact that there were controversies over icons well into the 9th century proof that the early Church did not venerate icons?"

There were indeed controversies at various times, most notably the Iconoclastic controversies of the 8th and 9th centuries, but these controversies were primarily focused on the question of whether one could have icons at all. Even the iconoclasts did not object to the veneration of the Cross,...
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The Icon FAQ

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 2, 2016, In : Byzantine Catholics 
1. What is an Icon?

An Icon is an image (usually two dimensional) of Christ, the Saints, Angels, important Biblical events, parables, or events in the history of the Church.

St. Gregory the Dialogist (Pope of Rome ca. 590-604), spoke of Icons as being Scripture to the illiterate:

"For what writing presents to readers, this a picture presents to the unlearned who behold, since in it even the ignorant see what they ought to follow; in it the illiterate read" (Epistle to Bishop Ser...


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The Difference Between a Spiritual Father and an Elder

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 21, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 


By Archimandrite Paul Papadopoulos

Many times while talking about Christ we lose Christ, while we talk about the Cross we avoid our own personal cross, refusing to lift it and walk behind Christ. While we go to a spiritual father to reconcile with God through the Mystery of Confession we rather connect with the person of our spiritual father and we put the person of Christ on the margins of this relationship. This is wrong.

The work of the spiritual father is to lead the p...

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The Family Today Is ‘Under Ferocious and Enormous Attack’ by ‘Satan’

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, October 15, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Archbishop Peter Fulop Kocsis, head

of the Hungarian Greek Catholic

Church. (Photo: Szolnoki Naplo)

One of the Catholic archbishops participating in the Vatican synod on the family objected to the document the bishops are working on because it does not address the fundamental reason for social turmoil, which is that the family today is “under a ferocious and enormous attack” by “the Devil."

The Vatican document – Instrumentum Laboris (working instrument) ...


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Fasting for Non-Monastics

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, October 8, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 

INTRODUCTION

Your Eminence, Your Grace, Reverend Fathers and Brothers!

First I must apologize. In the presence of our brother-monastics and senior clergy, clearly, I should be learning from those with much more experience and knowledge in the subject of fasting, instead of pretending that I have something to say as I will attempt to do next.

    

A curious phenomenon can be observed in the interactions between pastors and their parishioners at the beginning of each ma...


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An Explanation of the Traditional Russian Orthodox Three-bar Cross

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, September 27, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 

http://www.synaxis.info/old-rite/images/cross_lg.jpg

The symbolism of the "complete" Cross (much of which is contained in the Old Rite Russian prosphora seal and on metal and wood icons) is quite complex. Since the OId Rite tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church is much richer than the New Rite Church in its use of symbolism to teach the faithful, this article should be of benefit to those unfamiliar with this tradition.

Through the Cross came our Salvation. We are constantly reminded that Christ died for us when we see the Image of...


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Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, August 15, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 
Dormition of the Mother of God. Icon. 15th century, Novgorod. Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.Both love and duty today fashion my homily for your charity. It is not only that I wish, because of my love for you, and because I am obliged by the sacred canons, to bring to your God-loving ears a saving word and thus to nourish your souls, but if there be any among those things that bind by obligation and love and can be narrated with praise for the Church, it is the great deed of the Ever...
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Orthodox Field Guide: Orthodoxy in America

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, July 31, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 
Latyntsev V. Rev. Herman of Alaska blesses the Court of the Russian-American Company
Latyntsev V. Rev. Herman of Alaska blesses the Court of the Russian-American Company   

Orthodoxy came to America in four waves. The first wave was by missionary activity in Alaska, a land that belonged to Russia at the time. Russians began trading with natives for fur in the 18th century, and a very successful fur trading company was established on Kodiak Island—the Russian-American Company—along with a school for the indigenous people. Over time, under influence of the...


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Were Early Churches Ruled by Elders or a Single Bishop?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 
There is a (seemingly) never-ending debate amongst theologians and pastors about the proper form of government for the church.  For generations, Christians have disagreed about what leadership structure the church ought to use.  From the bishop-led Anglicans to the informal Brethren churches, there is great diversity.

And one of the fundamental flash points in this debate is the practice of the early church.  What form of government did the earliest Christians have?  Of course, early Ch...


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Why Catholic Orthodox Men Love Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 13, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 



In a time when churches of every description are faced with Vanishing Male Syndrome, men are showing up at Eastern Orthodox churches in numbers that, if not numerically impressive, are proportionately intriguing. This may be the only church which attracts and holds men in numbers equal to women. As Leon Podles wrote in his 1999 book, “The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity,”

“The Orthodox are the only Christians who write basso profundo church musi...


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Forgiveness Sunday - Cheesefare (the Eve of Great Lent)

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 22, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 
The Sunday of Forgiveness, the last of the preparatory Sundays before Great Lent, has two themes: it commemorates Adam’s expulsion from Paradise, and it accentuates our need for forgiveness. There are obvious reasons why these two things should be brought to our attention as we stand on the threshold of Great Lent. One of the primary images in the Triodion is that of the return to Paradise. Lent is a time when we weep with Adam and Eve before the closed gate of Eden, repenting with th...
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THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CONTAIN SOME VALUABLE LESSONS

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 

THE PAST AND PRESENT OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CONTAIN SOME VALUABLE LESSONS FOR ROMAN CATHOLIC IN THE PAPACY OF POPE FRANCIS

December 15, 2014


Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

Atheism and Orthodoxy in Modern Russia

By Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

In this talk I propose to outline the history of atheism in Russia during the last hundred years. I will start by considering the kind of atheism present in Russia before the Revolution. Then I will ...


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Straight Answers: Who Were the Magi?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 15, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 
By: Fr. William Saunder

Who were the Magi?

The Gospel of Matthew mentions the Magi who came from the East to worship the newborn Christ child (cf. Matthew 2:1-12). Exactly who the magi were though remains somewhat of a mystery.

Oftentimes, the English translations of the Bible use the word astrologers for magi. In Greek, the original language of the Gospel' the word magos (magoi, plural) has four meanings: (1) a member of the priestly class of ancient Persia, where astrology and as...


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Francis rolls out ‘social gospel’ case for Catholic/Orthodox unity

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Sometimes what a pope doesn’t say can be just as important as what he does, and such was the case in Turkey on Sunday as Pope Francis laid out his vision for unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christianity.

Francis offered several motives for pursuing closer ties, yet conspicuously absent was the imperative most often cited by more conservative Catholics and Orthodox: Making a common stand against secularism, especially permissive sexual morality.

In effect, the...


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Pope, Orthodox Patriarch look to new council at Nicea

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 30, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 

In an interview with AsiaNews , the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople reveals the future steps to strengthen unity between Catholics and Orthodox. In addition to the appointment of Nicaea, the first truly ecumenical council , in the autumn the next meeting of the Catholic-Orthodox Joint Commission will be held in Jerusalem, where everyone "must commit themselves without hypocrisy".

Istanbul (AsiaNews) - On his return from Jerusalem , where he met with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulc...


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SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 22, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 
1.  TRINITARIAN:  I believe in one God, the Father All mighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus  Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worsh...
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Byzantine Catholic Prayers

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 

One of the first requests made by the disciples to Jesus was, "Lord, teach us to pray..." (Luke 11:1). The Jewish people of Jerusalem were above all a praying people, and this tradition of prayer was continued by the earliest Christians.

What is prayer? Bishop Theophan, a famous Orthodox spiritual writer of the last century, tells us:" In prayer man converses with God, he enters through grace into communion with Him, and lives in God...Prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God in pr...


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Byzantine Catholic Morning Prayers

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Glory to You, our God, Glory to You!

O heavenly King, the Comforter; the Spirit of Truth, Who are in all places and fill all things; Treasurer of blessings and Giver of life, come and dwell within us and cleanse us form every blemish  and save our souls, O blessed One.

(If it is during the Paschal Season O Heavenly King is replaced by: Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and to those in the tomb...


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Byzantine Catholic Evening Prayers

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Glory to You, our God, Glory to You!

O Heavenly King, the Comforter; the Spirit of Truth, Who are in all places and fill all things; Treasurer of blessings and Giver of life, come and dwell within us and cleanse us from every blemish and save our souls, O blessed One.

(If it is during the Paschal Season  O Heavenly King is replaced by: Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and to those in the tomb...


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The Habit of Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 
Though created in the image of God - man has fallen far. The image is not demolished, but we have not fulfilled the likeness and we frequently distort the image beyond recognition. Part of the true human life described in Genesis, are the “walks in the Garden” with God. Man and God converse - they share communion with one another. We see the restoration of this in the life of Christ whose constant life of prayer is frequently referenced in the Scripture.

Man makes a return to the ...

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Prayer is the Test of Everything....

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 30, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 


"Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right. For prayer will not allow anything to go wrong." — St. Theophan the Recluse

Perhaps the most popular and basic definition of prayer is that it is a conversation with God. While this is essentially true, Orthodox Christianity looks upon prayer as something deeper than "conver...

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Byzantine Daily Prayer Basics - How to Pray

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 10, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Daily prayer is essential to a healthy Christian life. It is not an option. Why do we pray, How do we pray, When do we pray and Where do we pray are questions we address below.

icon cornercross Why do we Pray?
Christ asks us to pray. He tells us in the Gospel of Luke, How much more will
   the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him (Luke 11:13).
   We pray ...


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TRISAGION PRAYERS

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 24, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 
+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Glory to you, our God, glory to you!

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, who are present everywhere and filling all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and dwell in us, and cleanse us from all impurity and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

+ Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3 times)

+ Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages o...
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The Philokalia on Spiritual Warfare

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 
The Philokalia is an ancient collection of texts collected from Near-Eastern monks throughout the centuries. While completely unheard of by Christians in the West, it’s still massively popular among Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox; you might say it’s like the Summa Theologica or Confessions of the East. So I’ve compiled a list of some wisdom-points to pique yall’s interest in picking up the Philokalia.

Why Should I Care about the Philokalia?

First: It contains advice from so...


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The Rule of the Theotokos (Byzantine Rosary)

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

The Rule of the Theotokos is the Marian Rosary in a form which is indigenous to the Byzantine East, especially the Russian Church. Here is a brief account of its history and significance:

It is well known that Saint Seraphim of Sarov (1759 – 1833) prayed a form of the Rosary. Saint Seraphim’s Rule of the Theotokos consisted in one hundred and fifty repetitions of the Angelic Salutation, divided into fifteen decades. He said the Our Father only once at t...

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Orthodox and Catholic Breakthrough? Pope Francis Embraces 'My Brother Andrew'

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - First, I want to share my heart with my readers.  I long for the full communion of the Orthodox and Catholic Church.  I pray daily for the full communion of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. I do so because I believe it is the will of God that "All May be One" (John 17: 21). 

I am also persuaded that the healing of the division between the two sister churches would unleash a profound renewal of the entire Church at the dawn of this new missionary ag...


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Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Mary the Theotokos is very close to my heart, and, I am certain, close to the hearts of all who love her Son, Jesus. I can hardly think of her name without tears. When God, in the fullness of time, because of His great love for His creation, sent His Only-Begotten Son to save us sinners, He chose to do so in a way that is at once simple and tender, and profound, beyond our comprehension. He came to find a bride.

And God the Father, who is above all and in all and over all, chose to unit...


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The Jesus Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

The Jesus Prayer brings concentration to the mind and helps detach it from its attraction to and domination by all the surrounding objects of the physical world gained through the senses. It brings us back to a unity with God that existed at the time of our creation when we were created in “Gods image.” It is about liberating the soul from the passions of the body so the mind can act out of God’s will to carry out His commandments of love.

We must recognize, howeve...


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Prayers for Suggested Prayer Rule

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Prayers for Suggested Prayer Rule
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In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glory to You our God, Glory to You.

Prayer to Holy Spirit
Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, Treasury of Goodness and Giver of life: come and abide in us. Cleanse us from every stain of sin and save our souls, O Graci...


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The Light of the East. Film about Eastern Catholic Churches (Part 2)

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 19, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

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The Light of the East. Film about Eastern Catholic Churches (Part 1)

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 19, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

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What is a “Byzantine” Catholic?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 13, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

What is a “Byzantine” Catholic?

Byzantine Catholics are followers of Jesus Christ, Who came into the world and assumed our human nature by becoming a man so that He could save us from our sins by His passion, death, resurrection and ascension to Heaven. We are the witnesses to God’s saving action in human history, and the bearers of the Good News of Christ to the end...


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Comparison of Catholic and Orthodox Liturgical Practices

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 12, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

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A Conversation on the Philokalia

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 

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Pope Francis Gives New Hope to Catholic-Orthodox Reconciliation

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : Byzantine Catholics 
Is Pope Francis’ preference to refer to himself as “bishop of Rome” more than other traditional titles for the papacy a hopeful sign for Catholic-Orthodox relations?

That question was on the minds of those taking part in the recent Orientale Lumen Conference in Washington, D.C. The informal Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, which has been meeting since 1997, held discussions about steps toward full communion between Eastern and Western ...

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Three Helpful Principles of Fasting: A Letter to a New Convert

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Simplicity, Satiety, and a Litmus Question

Dear _________, 

You ask about guidelines for fasting and whether all the rules you have read about amount to legalism. I will try to answer you as best as I can.

One quickly finds in Orthodoxy today that, when it comes to the more minor or secondary rules for practicing any given fast, there are a lot of different opinions as to what is proper practice. This can be quite confusing for the zealous convert. As in all things Orthodox, one must endeav...


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Byzantine Catholic Rosary

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 
Note: This is not urging Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christians to ‘latinize’ (adopt customs from another Church when they didn’t use them before). However, the Rosary remains a part of us who have come from a tradition where it is common: a veritable school of prayer. For those of us, then, here is a version of this practice nicely adapted to the Byzantine tradition, based on a version devised by Ukrainian Catholic priests of the Basilian Order in the 1950s.
 
In the best Eastern tradi...

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The Rule of the Theotokos (Byzantine Rosary)

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

The Rule of the Theotokos is the Marian Rosary in a form which is indigenous to the Byzantine East, especially the Russian Church. Here is a brief account of its history and significance: 

It is well known that Saint Seraphim of Sarov (1759 – 1833) prayed a form of the Rosary. Saint Seraphim’s Rule of the Theotokos consisted in one hundred and fifty repetitions of the Angelic Salutation, divided into fifteen decades. He said the Our Father only once at the be...

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Orthodox Christians Are Thankful for Catholic Bishops' Defense of Religious Liberty

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

LOS ANGELES,CA. (Catholic Online) - Orthodox Christians are thankful and grateful for the vocal and passionate public stance of Catholic Bishops and Catholic leaders who categorically oppose Obama's HHS healthcare mandate.  Your courage in defending our constitutionally protected religious liberty is making us stronger.  Your public and uncompromising witness to Christian principles and your passionate advocacy in protecting the life of the unborn is giving us hope. 

We embrace and sup...


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First Week of the Great Fast

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

February 20-26, 2012

Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise Isaiah 1:15-20 - "When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.

"Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, t...


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Byzantine Catholic and other Eastern Catholic Churches

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Byzantine Catholics (also known as "Greek Catholics") are canonically organized into eparchies (dioceses) and exarchates (mission dioceses). Historically, such jurisdictions had been defined geographically and this is still the norm and the goal. However, as Eastern Catholics emigrated to the Americas from the countries of their spiritual and cultural ancestors, it became apparent that there was a pastoral need for such jurisdictions to be established along ethnic lines.

Ethnically and ...


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Feasts & Fasts for February 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 

February

2 - Meeting of Our Lord with Simeon & Anna
5 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
11 - All Souls Saturday
12 - Meatfare Sunday
19 - Cheesefare Sunday
20 - Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
26 - Sunday of Orthodoxy


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About Byzantine Catholics

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : Byzantine Catholics 


Descent into Hades

Byzantine Catholics are followers of Jesus Christ

Jesus asked his disciples: "Who do people say that the Son of man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptizer, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." "And you," he said to them, "who do you say that I am?" "You are the Messiah," Simon Peter answered, "the Son of the living God!" (Mathew 16:13-16)

Byzantine Catholics are followers of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of the Living God, who in His great me...


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