The Year of Faith is coinciding with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. On our parish Facebook we linked to Orientalium Ecclesiarum, the Council’s Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches., encouraging folks to read this decree again (or read it for the first time). It exhorted Eastern Catholics to “take steps to return to their ancestral traditions.”
Also we linked to something Trinity-St. Nicholas Russian Catholic Church, our sister Russian parish in Victoria, Australia, posted yesterday on their Facebook “Eastern Christians in Australia since Vatican II”, another excellent document to read as we embark on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and this Year of Faith. It begins with the high points of the very substantial influence the few Eastern Catholic bishops had on important choices of the Council. These included use of the vernacular in the Mass, Eucharistic con-celebration, communion under both species, restoration of the permanent order of the diaconate, creation of Synods of Bishops… and more. Check it out.
Can we please not make this a thread for again airing complaints about your parish/Chruch failing to “return to their ancestral traditions”? Thank you in advance for sticking to positive ways we as Eastern and Oriental Catholics can, as ByzCathCantor put it, embrace the Year of Faith.