It’s not rare, but the rosary is a Western devotion. When used in the East, it almost always ends up displacing an Eastern devotion
yes and yes
It isn’t “influenced” by Orthodoxy, but is the same.
icons are not paintings, but prayers in their own right, and windows between Heaven and Earth. When we reverence them, we seek to join that prayer. They follow rather strict rules, and also contains instructions.
no, but there’s no problem with an EC liking them.
They just don’t have a place in the church.
probably more so!
not particularly, although he is respected.
not in the parishes I’ve seen
it’s not separate like in the latin rite; it’s an integral part of every Divine Liturgy (“Behold! . . .”)
because the spirituality and liturgy call to your soul.
there jut aren’t statutes. This wouldn’t prevent their personal use
In relative terms, and on the spectrum, the West is more focused on the Paschal Sacrifice (Good Friday), while the East spends more focus on the Resurrection (Pascha)
It all but knocked me off my feet the first time, and echoes in my mind through the week in a way the Mass never did (and I always loved the Mass)
AFAIK, his theology is not compatible with RC theology
First I would ask: Which strand of Roman Catholic theology? There are several. If you’re thinking primarily in terms of Thomistic, neo-Thomistic, Scholastic, and neo-Scholastic theology, scholars have debated this and come to different opinions. Suffice it to say that I’ve seen both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox scholars in years past who have said that Thomism and Palamism can’t be reconciled; and I’ve seen others who have very much disagreed.
Personally I’ll paraphrase Thomas and agree with him: When faced with infinite and eternal mystery, “All that is written is so much straw.”
I hesitate to post direct replies after Dochawks excellent post. Nevertheless…
It depends. Many Eastern Catholics pray the rosary, especially in the Syriac traditions (I’m given to understand this is also true among the Syriac Orthodox). The Jesus Prayer is a Byzantine tradition, and not an Eastern tradition per se; although like the rosary it is also prayed in the various other Oriental traditions.
Both. Eastern Catholics have their own saints (St. Charbel and St. Jehosephat come immediately to mind), and we also venerate some Eastern/Oriental saints.
Technically these are two separate questions. As Fr. Taft would point out, our theology is uniquely our own since it is a theology in communion. We are influenced both by our Eastner/Oriental Orthodox roots as well as our communion with Rome.
We can read the Philokalia, yes. But again, this is primarily a Byzantine compilation that has little to no influence on the Oriental traditions. My personal favorite compilation in the Syriac tradition is The Paradise of the Holy Fathers.
It depends. Icons are symbols of the person they represent… but you have to have an Eastern understanding of “symbol”. In an imperfect (or better incomplete) way they do carry the presence of the figure portrayed, but not in the same way as the Eucharist is the presence of Christ.
Yes. Sometimes even more so. This is especially true in the Maronite tradition, and, I suspect, the other Syriac traditions.
Yes. And to a great extent many Eastern Catholics rely more on his theology than on the theology of their own tradition. This is a prime example of Latinization of the mind. Much better it would be if we studied the writings of Chrysostom, Cyril of Alexandria, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Nazianzus, and the other Eastern Fathers as much as we study Aquinas (brilliant as he is).
Too much by Latin Catholicism. Not enough by our Eastern/Oriental Orthodox counterparts (where there are such counterparts).
Not really… although you will have to be prepared for some cultural differences.
No. We have a different approach to the Eucharist that hasn’t been as influenced by the doubts sowed by Protestant “reformers”.
Because one is called in that direction. Eastern Catholicism presents the Faith in a very different way than Roman Catholicism. If you like a systematic approach to evangelization-one the emphasizes syllogistic truth-then you’ll find a home in Roman Catholicism. If you prefer a more poetic approach to evangelization, then you’ll find a home Eastern Catholicism. Any of our Catholic traditions will draw you to the heights of relationship with God, where ultimately the syllogism, poetry, and art fail and fall silent.
Sure. Why not? They just don’t have any place in the public worship of the Eastern Churches
Yes. But ultimately these emphases must fall silent before the reality of the Divine presence toward which we strive.
Personally, no. I know that’s a shocker coming from someone who has made the move from West to East, but I think when you examine any liturgical tradition on its own terms you’ll find beauty in all of them. What draws one East instead of West? The same thing that makes some of us like vanilla ice cream better than chocolate: personal preference.
Well, one certainly should choose the Liturgy that best meets/nourishes their needs. I totally get that.
When I started going to Mass again after nearly 3 decades, I was fortunate to choose a local Dominican parish that I felt very comfortable with. After a few months I learned of a diocesan EF and the first time I went I felt much the same as you describe your first DL. I was nearly in tears hearing the Polyphony and Chant.
Because iconography is deeply embedded into our Eastern mindset and isn’t merely “religious art.” Each icon is a complete theology lesson in itself when one understands how to look at them. To replace our icons with statues would be like cutting the strings off a violin and replacing them with guitar strings. Sure the violin may look fine, and it might still make some sort of music, but it wouldn’t play as beautifully as if it had its own strings.