The Weekend Of Catholic Church Perspective

7 Apr

The Weekend Of The Triune Liturgies has taught me about how One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church teaches Her People through Her Liturgies.
I have an idea what you may be thinking. There is your local Latin Rite Catholic Parish. You usually gather together for the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass because of the Mandate that this is The Lord’s Day. You are there for 40 to 50 minutes and then go out into the World. You listen to the Readings and the Gospel and Subsequent Homily. The Priest offers the Sacrifice of Unleavened Bread and Wine to become The Body and Blood of The Christ. You receive Him at Holy Communion. You sing Songs, much of which is, while based in the Psalms, is Self Based and NOT God Centered. And you do this Week After Week.

You are NOWHERE NEAR THE Church, except from an entirely Parochial Perspective. The Ordinary Form Mass of Venerable Paul VI is Not the entire show of The Catholic Church in The Americas.
Did you ever go to a Holy Qurbano? That is the Mass in the Antiochan Rite Maronite Catholic Church. This Eastern Catholic Church never separated from The Vatican. The Italo-Greek-Albanian Catholic Church of The Byzantine Rite, has never separated from The Vatican.
The Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches have their own Ethnic Churches. The Byzantine Rite is mostly associated with the Eastern Orthodox Churches of the Patriarchate of Constantinople(Modern Day Istanbul Turkey).
The Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is the most commonly used Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches. St. John Chrysostom was Patriarch of Constantinople, at a time of the Heresy of Arius, who taught that Jesus Christ is only a Super Human and Not Divine. St. John Chrysostom coined the Phrase “The Road to Hell is paved with the Skulls of Bishops.” St. John Chrysostom is a Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of The Catholic Church.
For on this past Saturday at the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, at 5PM called the Vigil Liturgy, I went to Holy Cross Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Astoria, Queens, and prayed this Holy Mass in English.  What this Mass taught me is of our Sinfulness and NEED to Repent of The Sins we have committed. Like in the Latin(Roman)Rite Tridentine Latin Mass of 1962 & Before, the Priest and Parishioners face East, as if awaiting the Return of Christ. Even the Cantor and Lector, when reading the Epistle and Singing the Gradual as it is called in the Latin(Roman)Rite, also face East.  This Liturgy is One of Penitence, calling for the Remission and Expiation of Sin. This is also a chance to sing Hauntingly Beautiful Byzantine Chant. There is intense devotion to Mother Mary Theotokos, She who bore Christ The Son of God written in this Liturgy. All of this is sung without Musical Instruments. So, in this part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, you will hear NOTHING which is composed by the St. Louis Jesuits including Dan Schutte, Nothing from Marty Haugen, David Haas, Bernadette Farrell, Owen Alstott or Hymns like “Table of Plenty”and “Anthem.”
If you prefer staying in the Latin(Roman)Rite, there is the Tridentine Latin Mass of The Roman Missal of 1962, which is both Truly International, Awesome and Beautiful, and entirely in Latin. And you will kneel at the Communion Rail. Nothing is ever received in one’s hand.
The Byzantine Rite Catholics receive while standing up, by tilting their heads back and receiving both the Body and Blood of Christ by Intinction, via Holy Communion Spoon.
There is a Diversity of Solid Catholic Liturgy across the 23 Sui Juris Churches of The Catholic Church. Even in the Ordinary Form Mass of The Latin Rite, there is a Byzantine Touch to it, whether it is the Epiclesis(The calling down of The Holy Spirit to Sanctify the Bread and Wine so it will become the Body and Blood of Christ), to the Prayers of The Faithful, to the chant of “The Kyrie”(Lord Have Mercy), to the reception of The Body and Blood of Christ, to the Standing for Holy Communion.

For The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is called to make Disciples of All Nations. It was The Case from The Time of Christ, unto the End of Time. To Truly Know The Church is to Truly Know Christ.

Pax Tecum, Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum, Amen!

M

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