13th Sunday After Pentecost(Byzantine)

31 Aug

The Gospel According to Saint Matthew is about the Parable of The Vineyard. This time it is from the Byzantine Rite Catholic Perspective. I tend to hear a better Homily from Priests in the Byzantine Rite. There, it is NO FLUFF.
One listens to the Gospel Reading by the Deacon, who was an actual Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Priest. Acting as Deacon was Fr Peter Shykstra, Principal of St. George Academy High School on Taras Schevshenko Place between East 6th & East 7th Street in Manhattan’s East Village.
The Celebrant was Very Reverend Fr Bernard Panzcuk, Regional Superior of The Order Of St Basil The Great(Ordo Sancti Basilli Magni), & Pastor of Saint George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, of the Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, CT. This Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Byzantine Rite Catholic, is AWESOME.

If you worship at the Tridentine Latin Mass, you will feel at home, in both the fact that the Priest faces East towards Jerusalem & that the Actual Divine Liturgy is sung or chanted. There are periods when the Priest offers Prayers in a Low Voice.
Those of you who go, mostly to the Novus Ordo Mass, you will find this Liturgy something of a Shock to your Sensus Catholicus. A number of the “Prayers of The Faithful” are derivatives of the Litanies of The Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom & Divine Liturgy of St Basil The Great. Standing for Holy Communion is derived from Byzantine Practice. So is receiving the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, but you cannot receive Holy Communion A Mano(In The Hand). One, properly disposed in a State of Grace, receives both Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ via a Gold Plated Holy Communion Spoon. One tips head back and the Priest or Deacon drops the Consecrated Species in your mouth. For those of you of the Tridentine Latin Mass, the Priest recites the Prayer “The Servant of God(The Handmaid of God) receives The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ unto Eternal Life, Amen. To those of You who usually assist at the Novus Ordo Mass, do not put hands forward. Do not respond with “Amen.”

In the Gospel of St. Matthew, this is the Parable of the Vineyard.
The Vineyard Master is God The Father. The Vinedressers or Landlessees are The Pharisees, who persecute, relentlessly, the Representatives of The Master(The Prophets). Then the Son of The Master Is Jesus.
The Vinedressers weren’t producing abundant fruit nor good fruit, so The Master decided to send His Son, so that they may listen to the Son. But the Vinedressers of The Vineyard decided to bind the Son up and Kill Him.
For the Vineyard itself and the the Fruit therein, are the People of Israel. And the Pharisees(The High Priests) were lording it over the People, acting as if The Pharisees were “The Show”, laying burdens on their People, which the Pharisees themselves would never take upon themselves.

The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, founded by Jesus Christ, replaced the Pharisetical Judaism & bore Good Fruit. The Pharisees lost sight of God.

Praise Be Jesus Christ, Now And Forever.

Deo Gratias!

M

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