Booklet of Eastern Churches

This is a general question and may be difficult to answer, but perhaps what I am looking for is common to stock in some of your churches.
5 years ago, I was attending a Byzantine church for an extended time. They had these colored booklets that were 20-30 pages or so and explained the two rites of the Church and then gave a brief rundown of all the Eastern Churches. I grew up in the Latin rite so this book was to me a gem…but now I don’t know where it is.
So, do you any of you know what this book might be called or know of something similar? I can try to find it on the internet if someone knows a name. It was nice to have a hard copy.

I would like it because so many Latin rite Catholics have little, if any knowledge of the Eastern Churches. I never knew much about them until my mid 20’s even though I went to Catholic school. I like to be able to reference it and show it to them so they get a grasp on how universal and beautiful our Church truly is. It truly opened my eyes to many liturgical realities to be able to attend Divine Liturgy and I’d like to be able to share that with others.



The church has six rites, not two rites — Roman, Byzantine, Alexandrian, Antochene, Chaldean, Armenian. Each of these rites has multiple expressions, except the Armenian. The Roman is a Western Rite, and the others are Eastern rites. There is a 1965 book that shows the various rites of the church, unfortunately in, in black and white. It’s huge. It also is out of date.

Perhaps it’s time for a new addition to be done, with color imagery, and possibly video on a DVD.

Two rites??? Why did I say that!?

I must have been thinking something else. Maybe it was too late because I was trying to comment that there was the eastern and western church and since those equaled two, I just wrote about two of something. Oh well…

Chen…I believe the booklet you refer to is “The One Church and the Communion of Churches”, published by the Southern California Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association. Fr. Maximos of Holy Resurrection Monastery is the president of that orginization, I’m sure he could point you in the right direction. The monastery e mail is

Hope that helps. :smiley:

If that is the booklet they do say to contact them:

An extremely useful booklet has been produced by the Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association of Southern California, titled* The One Church and the Communion of Churches*; you can contact the monastery for information on obtaining this booklet.

Chen Zhen, there are used copies for sale on Amazon. I’m not suggesting you buy from there but you can look at the one they have posted on the site and see if this is what you have in mind. There are scans of the cover and 8 different pages you can see there.

I have this booklet but I have no idea where I bought it. I’ll look in my parish bookstore but I think I’d remember if we have it, I dust in there enough. :slight_smile:

There is this one:

Eastern Christian Churches: 7th Edition
by Ronald Roberson, C.S.P.
Product Code: 7-057
ISBN: 978-88-7210-359-3
about $20 USD

Eastern Christian Churches: 7th Edition
by Ronald Roberson, C.S.P.
Product Code: 7-057
ISBN: 978-88-7210-359-3
about $20 USD

That’s 240 pages:slight_smile:

Oh, yeah. :o The short one is:

A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES This book explores the similarities and differences between the Roman and Eastern Churches, $4.00

Wait… aren’t the Mozarabic and Ambrosian two other Western Rites as well? The Church of Milan and the Church of Toledo use these don’t they?

Dominican is also a western rite… there are about 10 or so. And really, they are not properly Rites in the same sense as the Byzantine, Alexandrian, Armenian, Chaldean, or Syriac. They are, for lack of a better term, subrites of the Roman.

The Mozarabic, Ambrosian and Bragan are local use to Toledo (Spain), Milan, and Braga (Portugal), and show some Gallican influences. The Mozarabic even uses a slightly different version of the Credo (et filios instead of filioque).

The Dalmatian parallels the Roman, tho’ with different promulgation dates, due to translation to the Glagolitic-written Church Slavonic. (The Slavic East uses Cyrillic written Church Slavonic…)

Several monastic rites exist; the Dominican is still in common use in certain Dominican priories, and the Dominican Rite propers have an indult to be used with the Pauline missal as well. The Dominican missal is essentially a rubrically and textually frozen 12th C Roman missal… but with a living calendar.

There are others, but it’s late…

I composed this a couple years back from a variety of sources.

Most people are not aware that the “Catholic Church” is actually comprised of twenty-three independent Catholic Churches, all in union with the pope. The Western, or Latin Catholic Church, is so large, however, that many people, even Catholics, are completely unaware of the other twenty-two churches, which make up the Eastern Branch. (Some have from only a few thousand members to a few million.)

Originally, there was only one denomination… the Catholic Church (the word Catholic meaning “universal”). However, there were five cities that early on were singled out as being important centers of Christianity. They were Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople, and of course, Rome. Each developed its own unique traditions and liturgy, but ALL shared a common theology and were in communion with each other and the Bishop of Rome, known as the Pope. However, about 1000 years ago, due to a variety of unfortunate problems, the other four cities, allied with the Byzantine Empire, mutually broke off from Rome, forming the various Eastern Orthodox Churches. Although doctrinally, they are virtually identical to Catholics, they refuse to acknowledge that the pope is more than a “first among equals”. (A couple groups broke of much earlier in the 400s AD also, to form what are known as the Oriental Orthodox Churches).

What has happened is that over time, some portions of each of the various Orthodox groups have decided to reconcile with the Catholic Church and come back into communion with Rome. When they do, they are allowed to keep all of their traditions and much of their independence, although they acknowledge the authority of the Pope. They become truly Catholic, in that anyone from ANY branch of the Catholic Church can participate in the liturgy and ceremonies of any OTHER branch of the Catholic Church. The only two Eastern groups that never fell out of communion with the Catholic Church were the Maronite Catholic Church, and the Italo-Albanian Catholic Church. So… for every branch of the Orthodox Churches that are NOT in communion with Rome, there is a corresponding and virtually identical branch of the Eastern Catholic Church that IS in communion with Rome. Since their customs and liturgies date from before the Council of Trent, they are allowed to remain.

The following liturgies are used by the Eastern Catholic Churches:

  • The Liturgy of St. Basil
  • The Chaldean Mass
  • The Order of the Divine and Holy Liturgy of Our Father Among the Saints Gregory the Theologian (or Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts)
  • The Liturgy of St. James
  • The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • The Liturgy of St. Mark
  • The Holy Qorbono

Here is a listing that includes EACH of the twenty-three Catholic Churches in union with the Pope. Do not confuse “churches” with “rites”. A rite is a series of traditions, that includes different customs and liturgies. Several different churches may use the exact same rite. A Church has its own rules and separate line of authority to the Pope. It may also have a figure in charge, like a Metropolitan or a Patriarch (like an Archbishop), since these churches are generally very small and work very hard to preserve their unique traditions. The major rites are the Latin, Alexandrian, Antiochian, Armenian, Chaldean, and Byzantine.

**The Western (Latin) Catholic Church

Latin liturgical tradition**

  1. Ordinary Form (This is the form of the Mass that you will find in virtually every Latin Catholic Church almost every day of the week. This Mass has existed since the mid-1960s, ever since reforms were made following the Second Vatican Council.)
  2. Extraordinary Form (This is the form of the Mass that was used in virtually every Latin Catholic Church from the Middle Ages until the mid-1960s. It may still be said in Catholic Churches should a priest choose to use it. Some of the differences from the Ordinary Form include the exclusive use of the Latin language (except for the homily), the receipt of Communion exclusively on the tongue and kneeling, the priest facing the same direction as the people (toward the altar and God) so he can lead the people in prayer, no lay participation on the altar, and usually, no responses by lay people.)
  3. Ambrosian Rite (Only permitted in the Archdiocese of Milan)
  4. Mozarabic Rite (Only permitted in the Cathedral of Toledo, Spain and a few surrounding churches of the diocese)
  5. Bragan Rite (Only permitted in the Archdiocese of Braga, Portugal)
  6. Anglican-Use Mass (This form was once only permitted in the extremely rare circumstance in which an Anglican priest converted to Catholicism and brings his entire parish with him. In that event, a parish could continue to use the Anglican liturgy, with corrections to make it conform with Catholic teachings. It was originally meant as a transitional liturgy, and upon the death of the pastor, the church would revert to the Ordinary Form. With the recent provisions announced by the Vatican to allow Anglicans into the Catholic Church and keep their traditions, it seems that the Anglican-Use will now become both far more widespread AND permanent.)

**Rites of Religious Orders **

  1. Dominican Rite
  2. Carthusian Rite
  3. Carmelite Rite
  4. Cisternian Rite

Note: Technically, the forms of the Latin liturgy listed above are NOT different rites, but variations of the SAME rite, although people do tend to commonly use the term somewhat erroneously in this context. The differences between the Latin “rites” are FAR less than those between the Latin liturgy and any of the Eastern Rites.)

**The Eastern Catholic Churches

  1. Alexandrian liturgical tradition**
  2. Coptic Catholic Church (patriarchate): Egypt (1741)
  3. Ethiopian Catholic Church (metropolia): Ethiopia, Eritrea (1846)
    2. Antiochian (Antiochene or West-Syrian) liturgical tradition
  4. Maronite Church (patriarchate): Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Argentina, Brazil, United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico (union re-affirmed 1182)
  5. Syriac Catholic Church (patriarchate): Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United States and Canada, Venezuela (1781)
  6. Syro-Malankara Catholic Church (major archiepiscopate): India, United States (1930)
    3. Armenian liturgical tradition:
  7. Armenian Catholic Church (patriarchate): Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Palestine, Ukraine, France, Greece, Latin America, Argentina, Romania, United States, Canada, Eastern Europe (1742)
    4. Chaldean or East Syrian liturgical tradition:
  8. Chaldean Catholic Church (patriarchate): Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, United States (1692)
  9. Syro-Malabar Church (major archiepiscopate): India, Middle East, Europe and America.
    5. Byzantine (Constantinopolitan) liturgical tradition:
  10. Albanian Greek Catholic Church (apostolic administration): Albania (1628)
  11. Belarusian Greek Catholic Church (no established hierarchy at present): Belarus (1596)
  12. Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church (apostolic exarchate): Bulgaria (1861)
  13. Byzantine Church of the Eparchy of Križevci (an eparchy and an apostolic exarchate): Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro (1611)
  14. Greek Byzantine Catholic Church (two apostolic exarchates): Greece, Turkey (1829)
  15. Hungarian Greek Catholic Church (an eparchy and an apostolic exarchate): Hungary (1646)
  16. Italo-Albanian Catholic Church (two eparchies and a territorial abbacy): Italy (Never separated)
  17. Macedonian Greek Catholic Church (an apostolic exarchate): Republic of Macedonia (1918)
  18. Melkite Greek Catholic Church (patriarchate): Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Jerusalem, Brazil, United States, Canada, Mexico, Iraq, Egypt and Sudan, Kuwait, Australia, Venezuela, Argentina (1726)
  19. Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic (major archiepiscopate): Romania, United States (1697)
  20. Russian Catholic Church: (two apostolic exarchates, at present with no published hierarchs): Russia, China (1905); currently about 20 parishes and communities scattered around the world, including five in Russia itself, answering to bishops of other jurisdictions
  21. Ruthenian Catholic Church (a sui juris metropolia, an eparchy, and an apostolic exarchate): United States, Ukraine, Czech Republic (1646)
  22. Slovak Greek Catholic Church (metropolia): Slovak Republic, Canada (1646)
  23. Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (major archiepiscopate): Ukraine, Poland, United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Germany and Scandinavia, France, Brazil, Argentina (1595)

Yes, that is the one!
Thanks all for the information. :thumbsup:

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