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  • Byzantine Creation Era Calendar

    09/14/2016 3:30:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | September 14, 7525 (since creation) | Pravoslavie
         According to the Church's calendar, developed during the Byzantine period and based on Biblical chronologies, September 1/14 marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. Specifically, September 1/14, 2016 marks the beginning of the year 7525 from the creation of the world, God having created 5509 years before the Nativity of Christ.The article below, originally appearing on OrthodoxWiki, offers a detailed look at the development of the Church's Byzantine Creation Era calendar, and several of its predecessing calendars.* * * The Byzantine Creation Era, also "Creation Era of Constantinople," or "Era of the World" (Greek: Έτη Γενέσεως Κόσμου κατά...
  • A 1500-Year-Old Underground Byzantine Church Is Found in Turkey

    05/11/2016 1:59:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 11, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Last February, archaeologists unearthed a unique rock-carved underground church in Nevsehir, in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia. The church was decorated with never before seen frescoes depicting Jesus’ Ascension, the Final Judgement, Jesus feeding the multitudes, and portraits of saints and prophets.The discovery, made during excavations and cleaning operations in an underground city recently uncovered as part of an urban project in Nevsehir, is located within a castle that might date back to the fifth century. Authorities expect it will make Cappadocia an even more important pilgrimage center for Orthodox Christians. Semih İstanbulluoğlu, the archaeologist who heads the works for...
  • Why Turkey's Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques

    05/09/2016 6:13:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 9, 2016 | Uzay Bulut
    Christians in Turkey have become a tiny minority. The few remaining Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Christians in Turkey have throughout the centuries -- been turned into a tiny, dwindling minority. The remaining few Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Hagia Sophia in Trabzon: Church-mosque-museum and now mosque again. The Hagia Sophia, Greek for Holy Wisdom, was one of the many historic Orthodox churches located in the city of Trabzon. ... The city of Trabzon .. is located in the ancient land of Pontos, in the...
  • Byzantine Catholic Nuns Provide Place of Encounter With Christ (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 2:33:27 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    It wasn't unusual for young Celeste Strohmeyer to want to get married and have a dozen kids. After all, she was one of 11, which, she said, "provided a lot of hands-on experience with children."But there was a competing tug in her heart, beginning in early childhood -- a call to religious life. It kept calling to her: when she was 12, when she was 16, when she was 22 and later, after establishing a promising career.She had a good job, independence, a home of her own, the freedom to travel. She still could have married. But the thought...
  • Moscow Wants Turkey to Return Cathedral of Agia Sophia to Orthodox Church

    12/16/2015 9:26:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/26/15 | Religious Information Service of Ukraine
    State Duma deputies have supported the idea of the return of Agia Sophia in Constantinople to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, and the coordinator of the inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values, Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports. Today, when Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing an "endurance trial," mutually friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says. "The Russian side deems it possible to return to the question of Agia Sophia, the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Constantinople - an ancient Byzantine cathedral associated with the history of...
  • The Ladder of Heavenly Unity: St Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai

    12/07/2015 6:23:34 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Greek American Girl ^ | 11-02-2015 | Greek American Girl
    The Ladder of Heavenly UnityMoses approached the divine fire of the Burning Bush with the footsteps of his mind bare, completely free from any human trains of thought, wrote Saint Maximos the Confessor. Continuing Orthodox monasticism’s oldest unbroken tradition, Sinai monks still liturgize, shoeless, over the roots of the Burning Bush. On the holy ground where Moses was commanded to remove his sandals – together with all earthly logic – monks turn diversity’s polarizing forces to unity – some of the ways St. Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai brings Byzantium’s patristic spirit into the modern era as living tradition.One need look...
  • 'Flat-pack' (Byzantine) Church lost in shipwreck to be built after 1,500 years

    11/16/2015 1:50:15 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | November 12, 2015 | Hannah Furness,
    It is the ultimate in DIY: a flat-pack building found on the bottom of the sea 1,500 years after it sunk. A Byzantine church is to be reassembled for the first time in its long history, after it was lost in a ship wreck around 550AD. The church is to go on show at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as part of a new exhibition of treasures found under the sea, as its director says he hopes it is easier to assemble than “an Ikea wardrobe”. It is the most extensive building project of its kind, bringing the church...
  • Notre Dame Looks East: University Begins Regular Byzantine Liturgy

    10/25/2015 4:43:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 25, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame who go to the university’s chapel on Sundays may be hearing something different from the usual Mass opening of “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”“Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever,” Father Khaled Anatolios recently chanted, as he made the sign of the cross with the book of the Gospels lifted high above the altar.He faced the altar, away from the congregation, and there were icons on either side. Those in the congregation sang...
  • Archeologists Discover The Ancient Tombs Of The Maccabees, And On The Tombs They Find Ancient...

    09/22/2015 7:14:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/22/15 | Walid Shoebat
    Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the tomb of the biblical Maccabees which they recognized by finding the signature of the Cross.A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority shows The Holy Cross designed on a mosaic floor at an archaeological site at Ben Shemen Forest near the Israeli city of ModiinOn Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, Amit Reem, an Israeli archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority, said “the cross is a clue” as it appears on the floor of the only Byzantine-era site burial...
  • Ancient (Byzantine) Church Uncovered During Highway Project in Israel

    06/13/2015 3:41:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Goldbaum,
    A 1,500-year-old church has been discovered at a Byzantine period rest stop on the road connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, archaeologists announced today (June 10). The ancient road station and church, uncovered during a highway construction project, sit next to a seep spring called 'Ain Naqa'a, which is on the outskirts of Moshav Bet Neqofa, a settlement in Jerusalem. Along the old road, which was likely paved in the Roman period, "other settlements and road stations have previously been discovered that served those traveling the route in ancient times," Annette Nagar, the director of the excavation on behalf of the...
  • The Byzantine Liturgy in the Basilicas of Rome

    02/26/2015 2:53:16 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | February 26, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    Last week, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kiev-Halych, led an “ad limina” visit of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic hierarchy, of which he has been the head since March 2011. In the course of their stay in Rome, he and the other bishops celebrated the Divine Liturgy in a number of churches, including Saint John in the Lateran, the Pope’s own cathedral, St Paul’s outside-the-Walls, and St Mary Major. The Pontifical Ukrainian Institute of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God, (Папський Український Iнститут Покрова Пресвятої Богородиці) has posted a large number of photographs of these liturgies to...
  • Pope approves miracle attributed to American nun

    12/18/2013 3:30:57 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 18, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has approved the attribution a miraculous healing to the intercession of a young American nun, opening the way to her beatification. Born and raised in New Jersey, Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-1927) entered the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1926 and died one year later, taking her religious vows one month before her death.The miracle that opens the way for the beatification of Miriam Teresa Demjanovich involves the restoration of perfect vision to a boy who had gone legally blind because of macular degeneration. Silvia Correale, the postulator for Sr Teresas cause in Rome, said...
  • 1500-year-old church found under Turkish lake

    01/31/2014 1:34:36 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    cathnews ^ | January 30, 2014
    A Byzantine church has been discovered underneath Lake İznik in Bursa, a province known as one of the most significant places in Turkey for Christians, reports Today's Zaman.The church is assumed to be St Peter's Church, which appears in many different sources of Christian history, although no evidence to support that has yet been found. Mustafa Şahin, chair of Uludağ University's department of archeology, said detailed research is being undertaken by Turkish experts on Byzantine history.'We will share the findings with the public as soon as we get detailed information,' Şahin said. The church has been named one of...
  • Byzantine-era church uncovered in Israel

    01/23/2014 9:46:08 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies ^ | January 23, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    A 1,500-year-old church complete with a sophisticated mosaic was uncovered by archaeologists in southern Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) say the Byzantine-era structure "probably served as a center of Christian worship for neighboring communities."
  • Syria and the Byzantine Strategy

    09/05/2013 6:46:07 PM PDT · by ReaganberAlles · 2 replies
    STRATFOR ^ | 09/05/2013 | Robert Kaplan
    "A Byzantine strategy, refitted to the postmodern age, would maintain the requisite military force in the eastern Mediterranean, combined with only vague presidential statements about the degree to which such force might or might not be used. It would feature robust, secret and ongoing diplomacy with the Russians and the Iranians, aware always of their interests both regionally and globally, and always open to deals and horse-trades with them. The goal would be to engineer a stalemate-of-sorts in Syria rather than necessarily remove al Assad. Reducing the intensity of fighting would thus constitute a morality in and of itself, even...
  • Stunning Byzantine Mosaic Uncovered in Israel

    05/13/2013 9:01:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    LiveScience ^ | May 13, 2013 | Jeanna Bryner
    Archaeologists have uncovered an "extraordinary" mosaic that would've been used as the floor of a public building during the Byzantine Period in what is today Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.
  • Romanian Catholic bishop glad to serve Canadian faithful

    05/07/2013 1:56:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | May 7, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Bishop John Michael Botean. Courtesy of the Eparchy of St. George in Canton. Columbus, Ohio, May 7, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- The bishop of the Eparchy of Saint George in Canton is thankful that the area now extends across both Canada and the U.S., enabling him to serve all Romanian Catholics in North America. On April 23, Pope Francis extended the eparchy's jurisdiction, which was throughout the U.S., to cover all of Canada as well. The eparchy – which is equivalent to a diocese in the Latin Church – had already, in 2010, been given jurisdiction over the...
  • Turkish Archaeologists Reveal 6th Century Baptistery Abroad [in Kosovo]

    09/07/2012 11:14:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 9/7/12 | Doğan News Agency
    A historic baptistery structure has been unearthed at one of the most important ancient sites in Kosovo by Turkish archaeologists. It is the first such excavation to be carried out by Turkish archaeologists in Europe Since the beginning of excavations in July in Kosovos ancient city of Ulpiana, a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period have been unearthed by Turkish archaeologists of the Mimar Sinan University. At an excavation site in Kosovos ancient city of Ulpiana, a team of Turkish archaeologists have discovered a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period. The archaeological team, consisting of archaeology students from Istanbuls Mimar...
  • Byzantine Catholics in Pittsburgh archeparchy receive new archbishop

    01/20/2012 2:41:06 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | January 20, 2012
    Metropolitan Archbishop-elect William C. Skurla of Pittsburgh Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2012 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop William C. Skurla to be the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Byzantine Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.Bishop Skurla, who currently leads the Eparchy of Passaic, N.J., became the administrator of Pittsburgh after the death of Metropolitan Archbishop Basil M. Schott in June 2010.The appointment was announced by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan, apostolic nuncio to the United States, in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 19. Bishop Skurla was born June 1, 1956 in Duluth, Minn., where he attended both public and...
  • We Are Non-Roman Catholics

    11/22/2011 12:28:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/22/11 | Robert Spencer
    The first reaction of visitors to my lovely parish church is generally one of bewilderment, as they anoint themselves with air after reaching out for a holy water font inside the door and coming up empty. No statues, either. No stations of the cross. No confessionals or Rosary group either, for that matter. The first question visitors usually ask is, Is this a Catholic Church? Why, yes, it is. But not in the way most Catholics would expect. A young man in my parish once summed up the prevailing assumption when he told me that he hadnt been able to...
  • Houston's Menil is returning holy artworks to Cyprus

    09/24/2011 5:06:44 AM PDT · by urtax$@work · 3 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Saturday, September 24, 2011 | By DOUGLAS BRITT
    For more than two decades, Houston has been home to a large pair of restored 13th-century Byzantine frescoes that Menil Collection founder Dominique de Menil purchased from art thieves in 1984. Now the Menil is working to return them to their rightful owner, the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus. While that seemingly recalls recent decisions by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and others to return priceless artworks that improperly left their countries of origin, there's a difference: Neither de Menil nor the museum she founded ever claimed to own the frescoes.... READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AT SOURCE LINK
  • "Holiness United God's People": In Kiev, and Beyond, A New "Patriarch"... A New Epoch

    03/27/2011 11:24:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WITL ^ | March 27, 2011 | Rocco Palmo
    Even before its full picture would become clear, this morning in Ukraine's capital promised to make for a striking scene, as a living head of global Catholicism's largest self-governing Eastern fold watched the reins pass to his successor for the first time in centuries. Given the Synod's choice of its youngest member to lead the 6 million-member church, however, the moment became all the more one for the books. Like their Orthodox counterparts, the rank of a Greek-Catholic hierarch is distinguishable by the number of bars that adorn the base of their ormophrion -- the stole worn atop their...
  • Bad bookworms: Precious (Vatican) library collection on Christian East risks ruin

    03/25/2011 2:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | March 25, 2011 | Carol Glatz
    Jesuit Father Robert Taft holds a rare book in the library of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Pontifical Oriental Institute has the best general collection in the world on Eastern Christianity. It boasts some 184,000 volumes, including rare and precious imprints and manuscripts, documenting centuries of Eastern Christian culture in a multitude of languages. But the library's oldest and most valuable collections are in a serious state of degradation, including an extremely rare 1581 edition of the Ostrog Bible -- the first complete Bible printed in...
  • Some Notes on Byzantine Pre-Lent

    02/25/2011 1:31:19 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | February 25, 2011 | John Vernoski
    The current Byzantine Liturgy and the Roman usus antiquior have a point of unity in their respective observances of Pre-Lent. In Constantinople, in either the sixth or seventh century, a week of Pre-Lent developed gradually, and was commonly called “The Week without Meat”. It is likely that this is in imitation of the Church in Palestine, which calculated Lent in forty days, Monday through Friday, over eight weeks. Byzantines did not need the extra days, since they counted the forty days continuously. So the compromise to the eight weeks of Palestine was to add a week of gradual fasting prior...
  • 1,500 Year Old Church Found In Israel

    02/02/2011 2:50:25 PM PST · by madison10 · 24 replies
    Associated Press Via Yahoo ^ | February 2, 2011 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks...
  • Turkey: Bartholomew I. Sees Hope for Patriarchate: And Reunion

    10/12/2010 12:39:22 PM PDT · by 0beron · 9 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/12/2010 | Tancred
    Patriarch Bartholomaios I hopes for the re-opening of the Seminary of Chalki by 2011 -- 15 Diaspora-Metropolitans of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including Metropolitan Staikos of Austria, have Turkish citizenship. Constantinople ( Bartholomaios I, Greek-Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, sees signs for an improvement of the situation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey. In an interview with "Kathpress" on Monday afternoon in the Phanar in Istanbul he said, it is very certain, that the Seminary in Chalki will be reopened in 2011. Bartholomew referred to the most recent address of the Turkish Vice Prime minister Blent Arinc, who had explained in...
  • There Is No Such Thing as Moderate Islam. Continued Conversations with Nonie Darwish

    08/25/2010 11:18:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 19, 2009 | Phyllis Chesler
    My hope is for the West to understand the threat that Islamic Sharia law poses to their democracy, their concept of equality under the law and their human rights values. The West should never allow Sharia to be practiced in Western democracies... The term moderate Muslim was created in the West. In the Muslim world there is nothing called moderate or radical Muslims or moderate or radical mosques. You are either a Muslim or not. .. Islamic Law has slammed shut every door and window; any reform of Islam is punishable by death... Islam has been aggressively expanding in the...
  • [1937] Liturgy of Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky in Liverpool [Ecumenical]

    08/11/2010 2:55:15 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies
    Papa Stronsay Texts ^ | 7/2/2009 | n/a
    Mr Matthew Alderman, the Sacred Architecture correspondent on The New Liturgical Movement reported the existence of a film clip of a Byzantine Liturgy in Liverpool. This little clip, which has been put up by "British Pathe" (who have very kindly given us permission to link to their site) is none other than footage of the Pontifical Greek Catholic Divine Liturgy served by the Blessed Redemptorist Hieromartyr Nicholas Charnetsky (click this link to the page). Only a few seconds long it is none-the-less a precious find. There are also a number of still shots of the Liturgy provided on the same...
  • Massacre of Latins in Constantinople, 1182 [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    06/16/2010 5:05:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies · 293+ views
    Crusades Encyclopedia ^ | 11-May-1182 | Crusades Encyclopedia
    Since the late 11th century, Western merchants, primarily from the Italian city-states of Venice, Genoa and Pisa, had started appearing in the East. The first had been the Venetians, who had secured large-scale trading concessions from Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos. Subsequent extensions of these privileges and Byzantium's own naval impotence at the time resulted in a virtual maritime monopoly and stranglehold over the Empire by the Venetians.[3] Alexios' grandson, Manuel I Komnenos, wishing to reduce their influence, began to reduce the privileges of Venice while concluding agreements with her rivals: Pisa, Genoa and Amalfi.[4] Gradually, all four Italian cities...
  • To Russia, with Love

    05/11/2010 1:15:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Published April 01, 2010 by | Alice Winters
    Given Russia's reputation for excessive bureaucracy, it's only right that a company would exist to help businesspeople to set up, find the right translators, and also provide the right legal guidance to navigate the Byzantine direction of Russia's business bureaucracy. Center of Economic Planning consists of a professional team of skilled translators, auditors and IT specialists who will also not just help foreign businesses, but also help native Russians build their businesses.
  • The Church Tells Us the Story of God

    03/31/2010 3:07:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 143+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | Holy Week 2010 | Fr. Richard Janowicz
    Editor's note: For most of the past ten years my family and I have attended Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Springfield, Oregon, pastored by Fr. Richard Janowicz. This past Sunday, Palm Sunday, Fr. Richard gave the homily below; I asked him if I could republish it on Ignatius Insight. He graciously agreed. One note of explanation for those who might not be familiar with Holy Week liturgies in the Byzantine rites: on Good Friday, a burial shroud with an image of the crucified Christ is venerated by the faithful, and carried in procession. (See,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HYPAPANTE, 01-20-10

    01/20/2010 11:47:18 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 345+ views ^ | 01-20-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HYPAPANTE The feast of the Purification in the Byzantine Rite. The name comes from the meeting (hypapante) of the Christ Child and his Mother with the holy Simeon and Anna in the Temple. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Ex-Protestant at home in Byzantine Catholic Church

    01/10/2010 2:47:53 PM PST · by Titanites · 18 replies · 822+ views
    Catholic Anchor, Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage ^ | January 9, 2010 | PATRICIA COLL FREEMAN
    Sees Byzantine church a “perfect marriage” of Eastern traditions and unity with pope By PATRICIA COLL FREEMANCatholicanchor.orgA former Lutheran pastor from Northern Michigan now heads St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage.On Oct. 31, Father James Barrand, 52, succeeded just-retired pastor Father Mike Hornick at the little, dome-topped church, where an ancient Catholic liturgy is celebrated everyday. Father Barrand is quick to explain that he got to the icon and incense-filled church with the help of ancient guides — the Early Church Fathers — who chanted the same Divine Praises in the first centuries of the church as...
  • Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    11/21/2009 4:46:40 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 686+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | November 21, 2009 | Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
    In the various Christian traditions Marian doctrine and devotion take shape in manifold and diverse ways. Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has striven to promote a new and more careful study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the mystery of Christ and of the Church; to encourage theological faculties in the pursuit of knowledge, research, and piety with regard to Mary of Nazareth. The Mother of the Lord is understood as a "datum of revelation" and a "maternal presence" always operative in the life of the Church. [1] The history of theological reflection witnesses...
  • Nov. 1, feast of Blessed Theodore Romzha, Martyr for the Papal Primacy.

    11/01/2009 11:45:08 AM PST · by Balt · 34 replies · 941+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | Nov. 1, 2009 | The Priestly Pugilist
    In my homilies to you over the years, Ive often spoke of our Catholic Faith, and sometimes of our Byzantine Tradition; but I have rarely spoken of the particular Church to which we belong, and of its history in Eastern Europe. Our Metropolitan Church is located entirely in the United States; and, the further you travel outside of Pennsylvania, the less you see of any ethnic identity among the members of our parishes; but, as you know, the ancestors of our Churchs original members came from an Orthodox Church which came into union with Rome in 1646 at the Union...
  • Syria: 5th century skeleton found in Byzantine cathedral

    08/25/2009 9:34:25 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 34 replies · 1,085+ views ^ | Saturday, 15 August 2009 13:23 | Maha Karim
    Syria: 5th century skeleton found in Byzantine cathedral Edited by Maha Karim Saturday, 15 August 2009 13:23 A cathedral with a skeleton remains in it, dating back to the Byzantine era, was unearthed by the Syrian excavation team in Tal Al-Hasaka site, north eastern Syria. The cathedral ,which dates back to the Early Christianity Era, is 18 meters long, and includes a four meter wide northern hall, a 6.5 meter wide middle hall and a three meter wide southern hall, Al-Hasaka Archeology Director Abdul-Maseeh Baghdo said in a press release on Saturday. It also includes two column bases, and the...
  • True Worship of God is the Cure for Insanity (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/03/2009 11:43:09 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 554+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 4/3/2009 | Christi Derr
    ...Many Catholic families whose faith and lives I greatly admire have started attending Latin or Byzantine liturgies....I had some initial reluctance over attending these throw back liturgies with them, but I eventually accepted their invitations. What I experienced at these parishes was truly life changing to me! After participating in the liturgies I walked away with the same reaction from both. I was filled with a sort of holy awe and struggled to come to grips with what I was feeling. I had just worshipped the Almighty Triune God. I realized that up until participating in those liturgies, I had...
  • Byzantine singing compared to conversation with God

    03/30/2009 10:05:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 598+ views
    CNA ^ | March 29, 2009 | James DeCrane
    Anchorage, Alaska, Mar 29, 2009 / 01:37 pm (CNA).- For Byzantine Catholics, the chance to participate in liturgy is an opportunity to experience heaven on earth, according to John Michalski, the cantor at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage.Because of the sacredness of the Mass, almost the entire liturgy in the Byzantine rite is sung or chanted."This is to set the tone and speed and create an atmosphere of prayer," Michalski explained to the Catholic Anchor. "When the priest chants the Gospel, it is meant to do it slower to communicate clearly the message of God to...
  • The Faith of Our Fathers

    02/27/2009 9:54:55 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 401+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 27, 2009 | Amy Blythe
    “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” These are the words Byzantine Rite Catholics hear from the lips of the priest at the beginning of every Divine Liturgy. It is a prayer full of deep adoration, a profession of faith in the greatest mystery of Christianity. We worship the only true God Who is Triune, a Trinity of Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.This emphasis on the Triune nature of God literally permeates the entire Liturgy. The end of every litany of petition said by the priest ends with a doxology...
  • The Sunday after Nativity - "Are you man enough?"

    01/04/2009 4:21:53 PM PST · by Balt · 2 replies · 349+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 12/28/08 | The Priestly Pugilist
    It is not possible, I believe, for us not to be edified by the example of Joseph, the foster father of our Lord, in how blindly he trusted in the will of God. He takes Mary as his wife under what were very unusual circumstances to say the least; he moves his family here, there and everywhere based on nothing more tangible than messages received by angels in dreams; and he does it all without expressing a single word of doubt or concern. We dont know if that meant he had no doubts and concerns; we only know that he...
  • The Priestly Pugilist is back

    10/23/2008 10:32:44 AM PDT · by Balt · 7 replies · 498+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist ^ | The Priestly Pugilist
    Your Priestly Pugilist is back! Please check out the redisigned blog and let me know what you think.
  • The Greek Deacon of the Papal Rite of Mass (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    09/27/2008 4:37:35 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies · 926+ views
    Annales Ecclesiae Ucrainae blog ^ | 9/27/2008 | Rev. Dr. Athanasius D. McVay, HED
    Today, few people are aware of the fact that the Pope has his own particular rite of Mass. Special ceremonies and liturgical customs are present at solemn papal liturgies which are not found in the ordinary rites of the Roman Church. The reason for these special ceremonies lies in the identity of the Bishop of Rome himself: besides being the principal hierarch of the Latin Church (thus, until recently bearing the title Patriarch of the West), the Pope is the Father and Head of the Universal Church. Symbolic of this universal headship is the presence at solemn papal functions of...
  • Pray Like a Bunch of Byzantines [Ecumenical]

    06/21/2008 4:52:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 127+ views
    CMR ^ | June 21, 2008
    There is a scene in the classic John Wayne / Maureen O'Hara film The Quiet Man. In this scene at the end of the movie, the local protestant minister in a mostly Catholic town, the Rev. Playfair, is in danger of being re-assigned to a someplace else because his congregation is so small. He doesn't want to leave because he dearly loves the town of Innisfree. The Rev. Playfair's Bishop is visiting Innisfree to assess the situation. The local Catholic priest, Father Peter Lonergan (played by Ward Bond) is sympathetic to Rev. Playfair's predicament. So Fr. Lonergan gathers all the...
  • So I Went to the Byzantine Divine Liturgy (former Episcopal priest describes his experience)

    04/21/2008 1:32:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies · 114+ views
    Centuar ^ | Sep. 9, 2007 | Taylor Marshall
    I recently learned that there is a Byzantine Catholic Church about a mile from my new house, St. Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church. So my family went there this morning. This was my second time to attend the Divine Liturgy in the Catholic Church. The first time was a Melkite parish. To be honest, it can be a bit intimidating at first. Everything is a little different. Early in the liturgy I realized that there would be no way for me to follow the books so I did my best and tried to participate by watching and listening....
  • "This is my Body, This is my Blood" - It ain't necessarily so.

    04/12/2008 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Balt · 312 replies · 776+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 4/12/2008 | The Priestly Pugilist
    In a three part post some ways down the page, in which I touched on some liturgical matters, I had mentioned one particular experience wherein I had hosted as concelebrant a Roman Catholic priest for a funeral, and how he had struggled to reconcile himself with the uncomfortable fact that the principles upon which his own ritual Church reformed their liturgy do not govern the liturgical life of the universal Catholic Church. It's an easy enough mistake to make, what with the Latin Church sui iuris being the largest of all the Churches in Catholicism, with many -- if not...
  • Father Gerald Dino Named Bishop-elect of Van Nuys

    04/01/2008 2:04:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 496+ views
    Passaic Eparchy ^ | March 27, 2008
    The Very Rev. Gerald N. Dino, a Binghamton native, will be installed as bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Van Nuys on Thursdayin Phoenix, Ariz., where the 13-state diocese is headquartered.Dino, who grew up in the Downs Avenue area of the First Ward and graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1958, was appointed to the position late last year by Pope Benedict XVI. Dinos home parish was Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church on Clinton Street in Binghamton.Dino will become the only Broome County native to ascend to the office of bishop, Broome County Historian Gerald Smith said after...
  • For Byzantine Catholics, Lent is stricter

    02/28/2008 9:59:15 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 305+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | February 21, 2008 | James DeCrane
    Nine-year-old Alice Lambertsen blows out a candle on the tetrapod after noon vespers on Pure Monday (Feb. 4) at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage. Pure Monday marks the beginning of the Great Fast for Byzantine Catholics ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Catholic Anchor) - The great main dome at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage is the only one of its kind in the world. Built in 1996, the dome contains thousands of tiny holes that allow light to radiates out in unique patterns. The design so distinct it has an official patent. Light radiating...
  • Changes for (Greek Catholic) Slovak Church

    01/30/2008 1:39:35 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 97+ views
    Closed Cafeteria ^ | January 30, 2008 | Gerald Augustinus
    From the VIS under "Pontifical Acts" - Reorganised the Greek-Catholic Slovak Church, making in a "sui iuris" Metropolitan Church and adopting the following provisions: - Elevating the eparchy of Presov for Catholics of Byzantine rite (Catholics 137,203, priests 259, permanent deacons 1, religious 111) to the status of metropolitan see and promoting Bishop Jan Babjak S.J. of Presov to the office of metropolitan archbishop. The archbishop-elect was born in Hazin nad Chirochou, Slovakia in 1953, he was ordained a priest in 1978 and consecrated a bishop in 2003. - Elevating the apostolic exarchate of Kosice for Catholics of Byzantine...
  • 2 Named (by Pope Benedict XVI) to Head (US) Byzantine Eparchies

    12/07/2007 4:32:32 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 494+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 7, 2007
    Bishop Pataki of Passaic Retires at 80 PASSAIC, New Jersey, DEC. 7, 2007 ( Benedict XVI appointed Bishop William Skurla of the Byzantine Eparchy of Van Nuys, California, to lead the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic.Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced Thursday that the Pope accepted the resignation of 80-year-old Bishop Andrew Pataki of Passaic for reasons of age.Father Gerald Dino, 67, of the Passaic Eparchy and pastor of St. George Parish, Linden, New Jersey, will succeed Bishop Skurla in Van Nuys.Bishop Skurla, 51, will be installed Jan. 29 at the Cathedral of St. Michael the...
  • A Parish Centennial

    12/04/2007 10:36:14 AM PST · by Balt · 53+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 12/4/07 | The Priestly Pugilist
    Well, my month's vacation from blogging was a lot longer than expected. During the interval, one of the parishes of which I am pastor celebrated it's centennial. Here is the speech I gave at the banquet:           First, I want to thank all of you for being here today. I want to particularly thank my brother priests who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to be here, especially on a Sunday; and I’m aware of how difficult it was for some of them to arrange to be here. Most importantly I wish to thank Bishop Andrew, not...