Do Eastern Catholics read the Book of Revelation in the New Testament?

What are their views on it?

As individuals, Eastern Catholics absolutely read the Book of Revelation. It’s part of the canon of Scripture, after all. That being said, I’m not sure that all Eastern Catholic Churches sui iuris read it liturgically.

What are our views on Revelation?

It’s divinely inspired Scripture. It’s also difficult to understand, and the mysteries contained in it ought to be approached with fear and trembling.

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Afaik, the Apocalypse is not read during the Byzantine liturgical year. However, Apoc. 21:4 is used during the prayer of the priest “O God of all spirits…” in Panakhyda.

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Good. Saint Gregory the Theologian thought it difficult to interpret or to easily understand or use.

In the Divine Liturgy of Our Holy Father Basil the Great (also of St. John Chrysostom) is noted two scriptural references to Revelations in the prayers, first at Communion and second at Prayer of Thanksgiving:

“One is holy”

Revelation 15, 4;
Who will not fear you, Lord,
or glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All the nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

"We thank you, "

Revelation 11, 17;
and said:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God almighty,
who are and who were.
For you have assumed your great power
and have established your reign.

This is absolutely false…
BECAUSE,
As every sane American is fully aware…
ALL Eastern Catholics…
And especially all the members of the EOC…
Are Behemothic thick-skulled knuckle draggers…
Monosyllabicly limited to no more than 5 differentially discernible grunts…
Which grunts they can neither communicate on paper…
Nor can they comprehend other marks on paper…

That said, one must acknowledge that the design, structure and construction of their Churches is BASED on the Book of Revelation, as is the Structure of the Divine Liturgy and other Services they do in these Sacred and Holy places…

iow: The Apocalypse is built into the very structure of our Faith…

And we are very delighted to learn, in our synaptical lumberings, that others who are very much our literary superiors, are interested to lfind if we can read Revelation… God willing we will soon actually be able to read and write, and then manage to spend at least some time reading all the actual books of the Bible without too much damage to the very few synaptical transfers of thought of which we are so deprived…

Now THAT was a FUN excursus!!!

Thank-you for the opportunity!

Forgive my sense of humor…

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Dr. Scott Hahn has written a lovely little book that demonstrates how the Roman Catholic Mass (in the Ordinary Form no less) is also based on the Book of Revelation! Check it out sometime. It’s call The Lamb’s Supper.

Aside from that, I believe the OP was asking if Eastern Catholics (and Orthodox) read the Book of Revelation (aka the Apocalypse), not the Scriptures in general. Revelation, as is well-known, was a hotly debated book of the New Testament and it took centuries for the Church to decide that it belongs in the Bible at all!

We have, as Christ’s Church, had this structure built in from the early days of the Church…

And yes, I outrageously distorted the op for the sake of humor…

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:joy: :rofl: :laughing: Forgive me. For I am dense and closer to being a knuckle-dragger than most.

It is a Book of great Mystery, and speaks from silence in plain sight…

Which argues very favorably against altering the Services or Churches very much…

And does not speak well of major alterations…

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