In NYC, Eastern Catholic Churches Of Note

16 Sep

One will hear the cries of Catholics, but to most Americans, they are of the Mindset of Catholics who think in terms of The Roman Rite(Your Local Parish).
If you hear names like Maronite, Melkite Greek and Syriac, fear not because these Particular Eastern Churches are as Catholic as your local Roman Rite Catholic Parish.

I feel Blessed to live in NYC, as there are a number of Eastern Catholic Churches in Brooklyn and Queens. The Armenian Eparchy for North America is located on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A couple of Blocks away is Holy Ghost Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on North 5th Street. The BMT 14th Street Canarsie Train stops at Bedford Avenue North 7th Street, and is in walking distance of both the Armenian Catholic Church and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

In Brooklyn Heights, The Eparchy of Brooklyn For The Maronites with Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral is at Remsen and Henry Streets in Brooklyn Heights, within walking distance of The Clark Street IRT Subway station and the High Street Brooklyn Bridge IND Subway station. So in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, two major Eastern Church Sees are located.

The Heart or Epicenter of New York’s Ukrainian Catholic Community is St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on East 7th Street in the East Village in Manhattan. They have a Sunday Divine Liturgy at 4PM in English. In the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, one will really begin to understand both the Tridentine Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo Mass from going to the Liturgy. It is truly beautiful. Take the IRT Subway to Astor Place Station and walk to 3rd Avenue and East 7th Street and walk to Taras Schevshenko Place and you will find the Church, built in Greek Style with Onion Dome. The Liturgy takes longer than the Ordinary Form Mass, but is truly beautiful and intense. By The Way, there is no organist and, best of all, no Marty Haugen Music. You will sing prayers and responses. If you are a Tridentine Latin Mass Type, you will really appreciate the Divine Liturgy.
Some blocks away at East 15th Street and 2nd Avenue, St. Mary’s Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church has a 10AM Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. Take the BMT 14th Street Line to 3rd Avenue and walk over a couple of blocks. Also reachable by Southbound M15 Bus to East 14th Street and 2nd Avenue, as well as M14D Bus to East 14th Street and 2nd Avenue.

Unam, Sancta, Catolica!



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