Byzantine Rite and Skipping Latin Mass

Is it ok for a latin Catholic to attend Byzantine Liturgy in place of the Latin Mass on Sunday or to jump back and forth between the two. Should one just stick with one Rite and be consistent?

Any Mass will do, but it’s always good to be stable. It’s not ideal to “church-hop” between parishes in one of the rites, nor is it ideal to do so between the rites.

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Might be best to ask your Latin rite Priest

Providing the Byzantine Liturgy is in an Eastern CATHOLIC [ i.e. not Orthodox ] Church it’s fine and as long as you are properly prepared/disposed to Receive Communion according to your own [ i.e. Latin ] Rite you may Receive the Eucharist there.

You may also Confess there - but be aware that Confession is usually face to face , the priest standing beside you as you Confess to Him Who made you before the Iconostas.

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Yes of course it’s fine to make one’s obligation at any of the Rites in communion with Rome. Some priests even do it; someone posted this recently:


Go to Mass or as the Eastern call it Divine Liturgy. We have an obligation to go to Mass on Sunday (Saturday evening) and why not bring some friends with you. I find it important to learn about the different churches within the Catholic Church and also go to other parishes in our neighbourhood. Say, you go ie once a month and the other Sundays you will be in your home parish. Maybe there is a special celebration that your would like to learn more about then go to that one. I am sure the priest, deacon or a parishoner would like to tell you about it. When they go to your parish for Mass or move into your neighbourhood then they will already know you.

Where I live, fellowship after Mass is important as there are so few Catholics in the country. It is also a good way for those who have moved to the country to learn the vernacular language and get to know the society.

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It is perfectly fine to attend the Byzantine Divine Liturgy in place of the Latin rite Mass. As far as going back and forth between the two, for stability, choose one. Latin and Byzantine theology are different and it is best not to mix the two.


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This is very true - but you need to experience both before making any decision as to which will be your ‘home’ Liturgy


Yes… you may do that as long as it is a Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy. If the Divine Liturgy is at an Eastern Orthodox Church, then you may not.

God bless

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Why isn’t it ideal to church hop between parishes? I always change parishes when we get a new priest.

There is no more need to ask a priest this than to ask if it’s OK to attend the 11 am rather than 9 am at the same parish. It’s that far past being a settled matter, to the point that saying that it’s not OK is a sinful level of disobedience to and define of the Church.



Personally, I’d always opt for the Divine Liturgy if I could. I happen to go to a very reverent, traditional, and Marian NO parish, so I’m very thankful for that. I carry the Manual of Prayers from the North American Pontifical College of Rome and the Publican’s Prayerbook with me at all times, simply because I’m an Eastern believer in a Western world and all the prayers are good. Blend away.

I’ve been blessed to participate in the Roman, Byzantine, and Maronite Rites. Catholicism is so deep and broad.


I have visited Byzantine, Ukrainian, Maronite and Roman Catholic churches. My cousin (Byzantine Catholic) was married in a Maronite Catholic Church. The Qorbono (Liturgy) was in English, Arabic and Aramaic - with the words of Consecration in Aramaic. It gave me shivers just thinking that I was hearing the same language Our Lord spoke on earth…


Same. I used to seek out Eastern Catholic churches when I traveled and I was fortunate to visit a Maronite church.

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That’s fine, it certainly is permitted and your byzantine Catholics are used to Latins coming by and often actually encourage it.

A lot of Byzantine parishes were founded when immigrants came from the Carpathian mountain regions of Europe to work in America’s mines and mills.

Of course, now, all of the immigrants have passed, and many of their descendants aren’t usually working in the same place, or sometimes even living in the same town. Many of their descendants are no longer attached to the old country, and many have married people of other, non-byzantine ethnicities.

This is a challenge for them, I bet the members of the BC church would be happy to see you.


Not to mention that the individual from the Latin rite needs to understand that the Byzantine rite is different, and not just in its liturgy. There are some Latin rite Catholics who have come to our Churches as “refugees,” mainly RC that have an issue with the NO and there is no EF in their area.



Very very true . Running from something is not the way to go

One cannot just freely choose between the two. One is a member of a particular rite and must go through canonical procedures to switch.

Certainly one can attend a different rite in order to fulfill one’s Sunday obligation.

I am a Byzantine Catholic and go to both Latin and Byzantine Mass. I also go to Confession to a Latin and Byzantine Church. They are both Catholic so I don’t see a problem with that.

As long as it’s Catholic and in communion with Rome, you’re ok. I go to Byzantine and Maronite liturgies quite frequently (one or twice every few months), but I stick with the Roman rite a lot of days.

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