Melkite Brethren - Help me celebrate with you in your tradition!


#1

:waves: Hi there.

I posted a thread a few days back of trying to take the opportunity to celebrate Divine Liturgy with as many of the Eastern Catholic Churches that i could pin down in the New York City area.

It turns out that a week before that excursion I shall find myself in New Jersey thereabouts - near one of your churches - St. Demetrius in a town called Cliffside Park.

In point of full disclosure - i know next to nothing about Jersey except the small town right across the George Washington Bridge that is predominately Korean and Hoboken.

But at least on the map, it doesn’t seem too far to get to Cliffside Park - so i’d like to give this a shot.

Does anyone have any information regarding St. Demetrius?

I’m a little ancy of kicking down the Door and saying “oh hai” to that congregation or the pastor. I know some Eastern Catholic churches welcome visitors from afar and from the “Western Church” (although as a Chinese guy maybe “Latin Rite” is better since i’m technically East of all of you :p) and others…perhaps would prefer to keep it within the family so to speak.

No problems with that on my end, no one wants to impose on a place where they aren’t wanted. :wink:

But if St. Demetrius seems like a place that wouldn’t mind hosting me for a Sunday - second question:

What Book would help me effectively celebrate Divine Liturgy with you all?

Cause i’m looking at melkite.org/products-page and i’m not quite sure what to pick up…

I’m assuming its the Horologion - but well… Chinese guy can’t speak/read Greek :stuck_out_tongue: Not to say I haven’t sat through a Mass in a different language (Traditional Latin Mass, Novus Ordo in Thai, Tagalog, Korean, Japanese, etc)…

But…well… for me this is like landing on Mars. You are all Martians to me and hopefully not the kind from that old movie “War of the Worlds” :wink: :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks for your help and eager for your thoughts.

God bless


#2

I’m not Melkite, but my experience with Melkites is that they are very welcoming to visitors. Hospitality is a virtue very strong in Middle Eastern culture.

This is the current English Divine Liturgy for the Melkite Eparchy.

melkite.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/LITURGY2009.pdf

The liturgy will likely have some parts in Greek and Arabic, as well as English


#3

Yep, and if you want to address the priest (you don’t have to do this) call him "Abouna’, which is Arabic. You can also address a priest’s wife (if he is married) as Khoureeyeh, (which is how the interweb spells it). You can download the entire text of the liturgy on pdf. I believe Melkite.org has it.


#4

You don’t need to buy a book. Just go and experience it. Chances are the church will have books for visitors anyway.


#5

ChineseCatholic, Just go and enjoy! The PDF file linked by a previous poster could be helpful, but the best way to get to know the Byzantine Liturgy (particularly through the Melkites) is to just be immersed in it.

My wife and I belonged to a Melkite parish for four or five years. It doesn’t take too long to get accustomed to the “basics” of the Divine Liturgy. After about four visits, we knew most of the non-varied chanting. The rest is just amazing to listen to.

BTW - although I was raised Roman Catholic, I’m Maronite now. I seem to be moving further and further East. :stuck_out_tongue:


#6

Thank you all of your support!

I think i’ve come up with a good strategy for this.

As for book buying - its kind of in my nature :wink: - I’ve been slowly accumulating resources about each of the Eastern Catholic communities I plan on visiting. Currently ploughing through all the Melkite literature I can find.

Ruthenians are next.


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