Are you a Western Christian (Catholic or Protestant) who has never attended a Byzantine Divine Liturgy or has only recently started attending? Are you a Byzantine Christian who wants to learn more about your own rich tradition?
Join us for a free 90-minute webinar on How to Attend a Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy where you will learn about the spirit and structure of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, as well as some tips on etiquette when attending.
Join our presenters who will share their own thoughts and insights:
Fr. Deacon Anthony Dragani, PhD, (Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Theology Professor, Author, Blog: east2west.org)
Robert Klesko, MA (Byzantine Catholic, EWTN Theology Advisor, Deacon Candidate)
Fr. Daniel Dozier, MA, MATS (Byzantine Catholic, author of 20 Answers on Eastern Catholicism)
Please note: A Zoom link will be sent to you a day prior to the event.
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We were blessed to be at Holy Angels Byzantine Catholic Church in San Diego this past Sunday for a beautiful Divine Liturgy in a beautiful church.
Full disclosure: this is being sponsored by the eparchy (or diocese) to which I belong. So, I may not be entirely unbiased.
All are welcome to visit, as any Catholic can (fulfill their Sunday obligation and) receive the sacraments at any Catholic church.
Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen became bi-ritual in the Byzantine Rite, to help suffering Christians in Communist countries. His Byzantine Rite liturgies were broadcast internationally, on Radio Free Europe and Voice of America, to people suffering behind the Iron Curtain. Here is a link to a Byzantine Mass recording, with explanations and commentary by Ven. Sheen:
I grew up in a small immigrant town in a mountainous area, over a mile high, with many nationalities, dominated by Eastern European immigrants, of the Orthodox Church (not in union with Rome). The main priest, very revered, was dark-haired and bearded, dressed traditionally, was married with a large family, and his wife and children were active in helping him with the church. They also had a church school for parishioners’ children, just like a Catholic school. The people were all very close-knit, with their own culture, food, language and customs. I have also met Eastern Rite priests (in union with Rome) of various nationalities– Russian, Ukranian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Greek, etc. I have also attended several Byzantine liturgies of various traditions– very, very holy and beautiful! I loved the ladies’ traditional dress, complete with beautiful, traditional, long veiled head coverings, similar to ours.
The traditional Byzantine liturgy is all sung a capella, with no musical instruments, and it is very beautiful.
Good point. And, the deacon in the photo above chants the Gospel (as the Readers do with the other readings).
All is chanted or sung, except the prayer before Holy Communion (and, of course, the homily).