The Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Causes Me To Think

3 Apr

The Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is one which drives my Intellectual Sense as well as my Spiritual Sense.
OK, since I do come from the Latin(Roman)Rite, I do go to both forms of The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. The Extraordinary Form Tridentine Latin Mass of The 1962 Roman Missal is what I 1st fully participated in, as a child. There would be that same Mass form in 1965, with some use of vernacular, while the Mass was offered Ad orientum, that is, facing East, in prayerful anticipation of the Return of Christ. The Offertory and Consecration continued to be offered in Latin. The Last Gospel, which is the Story of The Incarnation, which was read in Latin, was eliminated. It was in this 1965 update, when the Prayers of The Faithful, prayed after the Nicene Creed, were introduced. The Prayers of The Faithful are chanted antiphons with a response of “Lord Hear Us”(Deus Exaudinos), or “Lord Have Mercy”(Kyrie Elaison). 
It took an Ancient Catholic Liturgy to explain the Prayers of The Faithful, as well as the Communion Reception under BOTH Species, as well as the Gesture of Standing to receive Holy Communion.
But to those of the Ordinary Form of The Mass, in the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgies of St John Chrysostom and St Basil Martyr, the Priest offers the Mass Ad Orientum, just like the Tridentine Latin Mass of The 1962 Roman Missal.
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church truly breathes with both Eastern and Western Lungs & it took a journey Eastward to re discover the Ordinary Form of The Mass. It is a Fascinating Journey.

I pray that this clears up many years of misconceptions. The Catholic Elements are present, just that they have an Eastern Orientation.

Pax Domine Sit Semper Vobiscum!

M, Eh!

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