I just finished reading 101 Q & A about Eastern Catholic Churches


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I just finished the 101 Q &A about Eastern Catholic Churches by Edward Faulk . I started to see how much more is preserved in the Traditions of the Eastern Catholic Churches as oppose to Western Catholic Churches or Roman Rite. While the Roman Rite continue to change in its liturgy, the Eastern Catholic Churches maintains and perserves them. The theological thinking of Western concerning purgatory, original sin, immaculate conception differs in the Eastern Rite. The author use the term difference of belief as expressions. I can’t go into detailed, but as a Latin Rite Catholic I am very much drawn into the Eastern Rite Churches.

In the Latin Rite Churches, I see to many liturgical abuses as oppose to Eastern Rites, and there is more reverence to Eastern Catholicism as oppose to Eastern Rite. However, the author notes if a Catholic decide to switch rites, the process needs to be discern for years.

So I think I will go visit an Eastern Rite Catholic Church when I return to the US, and of course I will have ask questions to the priest so I don’t do anything out of ordinary when they conduct their Liturgy. I also bought the DVD introduction, and there is a lot of bowing. I was like, WOW. this is totally different from Latin Rite Liturgy…


#2

Do you have the title and maybe a link for the video? I have been wanting to visit a Eastern Church for Divine Liturgy for years but do not want to be completely clueless when I go. :smiley:

Thanks.


#3

you can view one at byzcath.org or byzantines.net/


#4

Corky and Mannyfit, don’t worry about “knowing what to do.” These customs are not cast in concrete, and there is wide personal variation. Nobody cares or even pays any attention if you do or do not bow or bless yourself when most of the others do.

Just go, watch, pray, enjoy, and allow yourself to be overwhelmed.


#5

The video was overwhelming. It was the Byzantine Rite I saw.


#6

Manny, where are you from in the U.S.?
I ask this because there are fewer Eastern Catholic Churches despite the many rites in the East.

For example, I know of a Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen, IL. From what I gather, they are the only on in IL, at least of the Rutherian tradition. Here in NE Ohio we are blessed to have four churches relatively near each other: One in Euclid, Mentor ont he Lake (where I go:D ), Fairport Harbor (my pastor has this church as well and it’s not to far from mine) and one in Ashtabula (the furthest one out).

The reason of this is because two of the places where the Byzantine Catholic Church got their start in the U.S. in the 1880’s are in the areas of Pittsburgh, PA and Minneapolis, MN. The closer you are to those states, the more likely you will find more Byzantine Catholic Churches.

Corky and Mannyfit (and anyone else), we’d be glad to have you celebrate Divine Liturgy with us anytime!


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In the East Coast. I plan to reside in Philadephia when I get out of the Army in March 2009. I think there are some Eastern Rite Catholic Churches there.

For example, I know of a Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen, IL. From what I gather, they are the only on in IL, at least of the Rutherian tradition. Here in NE Ohio we are blessed to have four churches relatively near each other: One in Euclid, Mentor ont he Lake (where I go:D ), Fairport Harbor (my pastor has this church as well and it’s not to far from mine) and one in Ashtabula (the furthest one out).

The reason of this is because two of the places where the Byzantine Catholic Church got their start in the U.S. in the 1880’s are in the areas of Pittsburgh, PA and Minneapolis, MN. The closer you are to those states, the more likely you will find more Byzantine Catholic Churches.

It’s more likely, I will go to the one in PA.

Corky and Mannyfit (and anyone else), we’d be glad to have you celebrate Divine Liturgy with us anytime!

I just love the way you explain the Eastern point of view concerning Catholicism. I never know how much preservation the East has been committed in regard to the Divine Liturgy. I recall in your book, that the Eastern Rite goes by the Liturgy of Mark, and Liturgy of St. Basil, Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Correct me if my information is incorrect.

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#8

bpbasilphx’s reply is exactly right: go and see. As for “what to do”, nobody expects visitors to know what to do (except for the
occasional grump). I certainly didn’t when I first went to
a Byzantine Catholic service. Find a Liturgy that is at least
partly in English. An all Slavonic, Ukrainian or Arabic service
will leave you clueless. Ask questions. Unless you have
gone to a parish where the people are a bunch of dead-heads,
they will be more than happy to explain. If you do encounter
a bunch of dead-heads, go somewhere else.

Edmac


#9

At our parish, we still use the bells when the consecration of the Eucharist takes place, and there are other parts of the Divine Liturgy where bells are rung. You like the smell of incense? There’s plenty of it in the Catholic East. It is used just about everytime there is a Liturgy, Matins, Vespers, Molebens, etc.
I don’t remember a time when incense is not used. (At least this is for our parish).


#10

Nor for mine. Some of the servers really heap it on. This can
be a difficulty for people with resperatory problems. But then there
is the ancient Eastern practice of people wandering out of the
church every now and again for a breath or fresh air, or for a smoke.

Edmac


#11

I love incense. It doesn’t matter if it is use more or not but I do prefer more incense. It brings the prophecy of Malachi fullfilling.

“From the rising of the sun to its settings my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered in my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.”


#12

Thanks and if I was anywhere near you, I would love to take you up on that. But here in Texas, it seems to be a bit more complicated. I have been cautioned by aquaintances who are Eastern Catholic and Orthodox that it is important to go to the rite that is closest to your ethnic heritage. Evidently, everyone else, even other Eastern Catholic/Orthodox are tolerated but not exactly welcomed. (their sentiments, not mine) In fact, none of my aquintances even suggested that I attend their own divine liturgy.

    This is a bit of a dilema since I am Irish and German by heritage - neither country is exactly "home" to many Eastern Christians.   :)   I don't want to go if my presence would be considered an intrusion or offensive in any way.   I am really torn since I want to know about this part of our Church but most certainly do not want to be disruptive about it.

#13

Manny. In the Philadelphia area, you do have a selection of Easter Rite Churches. The predominance is Ukrainian Catholic, but there are others in the area.

BTW: The author, Edward Faulk, is Deacon Ed here on CAF.


#14

I know.


#15

Me, ethnically I am Scots-Irish-German-English. Religiously,
I am Russian Catholic. It is true that ethnicity is a problem in some Eastern Catholic and Orthodox congregations. Any
congregation what would not welcome you because of your
ethnicity quite plainly are not worthly of the name of "church"
inasmuch as they are there not to worship Christ but themselves.
Such people are to be utterly avoided.

However, in this day and age, a substantial number of the
members of any Eastern Catholic or Orthodox congregation
are likely to be either quite Americanized or "converts"
from Roman Catholicism or Protestantism. The only thing
to do is to go and and see. You have a right to be there.
If you are spurned, pray for them, kick the dust from your
feet, and try somewhere else.

Edmac


#16

There was a good rule of thumb posted just recently.

Run TO the Eastern Church.
Do not run FROM the Latin.

Meaning, one’s motivation for switching rites should not be because of dissatisfaction with one’s own Rite. One should switch only if the practice, expression, and discipline of the other Rite better suits the individual’s spirituality.

Other than that, I see very little reason to canonically switch, unless one wants to embrace every aspect of the new Rite, including disciplines and canon law.


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There might be a confusion here. I have gathered on here that Orthodox are not terribly taken with non-Orthodox participating in thier liturgies and they particularly won’t welcome you to receive communion. However, when it comes to Eastern Catholic, I think it’s quite different from what I gather on here. You can surely run into a standoffish EC parish here and there, just as you can run into a standoffish RCC parish here and there. But in discussing things with EC on here at least, they seem quite welcoming to me. I have asked some pretty ignorant questions here about Eastern Catholicism and, rather than get offended, they have always been very friendly and helpful. To the EC, you and they are in the same Church, and you are totally welcome to go to their liturgies and receive Communion. I strongly encourage you to continue discussion with EC in here, and I think you will find that what I say is true.


#18

Corki
Fear not :slight_smile:

I’m not Ukrainian but I’m a member of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church - and have been for the last few years.

I speak about 2 phrases of conversational Ukrainian - Good Morning and thank you - the rest is the Responses to the various Petiitons in the Litanies .

The first time I went to DL I was overwhelmed by the very deep obvious spirituality of the Liturgy - I was’ hooked’ instantly , I wanted more and eventually that is where I stayed.

OH - was that first experience in English - NO

Since then I have only twice been at Liturgy served entirely in English.

My Parish is Ukrainian speaking - I travel to another city to get there - a 6 hour day from leaving the house till the earliest I can get back - frequently it’s longer . Is it worth it

**YES
**[size=2]do not hesitate - just go - don’t worry about language - you will understand what is going on - just go and drink it all in.

RidgeRunner

To my knowledge most Orthodox Christians will welcome you warmly - see you don’t get lost in the Liturgy ,take you to coffee hour afterwards if they have one ] if the subject of Communion is brought up assure them you KNOW you may not receive - you will see them relax and make you even more welcome
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#19

Corki,

My own sense is that it is not necessary to pick a jurisdiction that comes closest to your ethnic heritage. For myself, I am of English, French, German, Spanish, Native American and Welsh descent. Lotsa luck finding an ethnic Church whose profile I would fit!

I have found almost all of the jurisdictions to be very, very welcoming, especially here in the American melting pot. Eastern Catholic churches are not intended to be ethnic enclaves - rather they are apostolic outposts of the Kingdom of God! The fact that each church has a “root culture” should not preclude anyone from attending or even joining them.

Manny,

My advice? Find a parish family where you feel very comfortable and welcomed. Don’t worry about the ethnicity. Enter into the Mystery that is the salvation of all the nations!

My lovely Norwegian wife and her Euro-American mutt husband and their even more ethnically confused offspring have found a home among the Lebanese, Palestinians and Syrians! :thumbsup:

In ICXC,

Gordo

PS: And make sure you like the food…DON’T forget the food!


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