[quote="ChineseCatholic, post:7, topic:441929"]
Thank you and everyone else.
So ive got three shots at doing an Eastern Catholic liturgy
Russians, Ruthenians, and Ukranians. Im surprised no Greeks !
Ah well - in my most highly Unscientific and Unspiritual method of choosing first attempt
My ex was Ukranian - feisty as hell and loved every minute of it till she left the country. Guess ill start there . ;)
If any one can suggest any books to help follow along with the service id be much obliged.
[quote=]I'm a little reluctant because a number of Filipino friends of mine in various locations in the US have tried to knock on your doors with varying levels of success. The Pastor/Priests are always welcoming..... the Congregation on the other hand....
From my perspective its understandable, random stranger showing up in an ethnocentric church where everbody know everybody else must seem a little weird. the Last thing i want to do is for my presence to cause some sort of disruption.
Take this for what it's worth, as I have absolutely no experience with any of the parishes mentioned.
In the parishes that I'm familiar with, everybody knows everybody else, regardless of ethnicity. Some parishes are more ethnic than others and more welcoming to those outside of their ethnicity than others. I noticed that the Ukrainian Church's website is mostly in Ukrainian. If it matters to you, you might want to check and see if their liturgies are in English. Also, you want your first experience to be a well-done liturgy. I have heard great things about St. Michael's. Here is a review from a few years ago catholicmanhattan.blogspot.com/2009/07/69-st-michaels-chapel-russian-catholic.html
As far as following along, it will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Translations vary, as well as the amount of English used. If you go to the Ruthenian liturgy, it will likely be all in English and the pew book can be found at the website for the Metropolitan Cantor Institute. mci.archpitt.org/servicebooks/DivineLiturgies.pdf
I hope it all goes well for you! Please check back in and tell us how it turned out.