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The Church Militant-Go East For It

18 Oct

Can you imagine Paul VI attempting to impose the Novus Ordo Missae on the Byzantine Rite Catholics? Think about the protests which would occur from The Faithful.
Since I am blessed to be a Catholic from New York City, there are, in addition to the Roman Rite Catholic Church, there are the Eastern Catholic Churches, which truly speak of The Universality of One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church.
The Maronite Catholic Church is on Remsen Street in Brooklyn. It is the Headquarters of The Maronite Catholic Eparchy for the Eastern Half of The United States Of America. Our Lady Of Lebanon Cathedral, a former Protestant Community Church, sold to a Maronite Catholic Congregation. This Diocese is headquartered in The RC Diocese of Brooklyn Territory. In fact, Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral is a few blocks west of the RC Diocese of Brooklyn Cathedral called St. James on Tillary Street.
Usually, I head to two Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Parishes in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, CT, for the Divine Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom, one being St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on East 7th Street in Manhattan’s East Village, in the confines of The RC Archdiocese of New York, & Holy Cross Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Astoria, Queens, in the confines of The RC Diocese of Brooklyn. So while I am in one Byzantine Rite Diocese, I attend in two Latin Rite Diocesan Territories, the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom.
Of course there is the Tridentine Latin Mass, so I will head to Holy Innocents RC Church in Midtown Manhattan on West 37th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.
Both the Tridentine Latin Mass and Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom are Timeless Liturgies of Ancient Form.

Getting back to imposing the Novus Ordo Form of Liturgy on the Byzantine Rite, just think of the March to the Vatican Mission to the United Nations. Trust me on this one, it will not be a Pretty Sight in the least. Some Ukrainian Greek Catholics who have gone to Novus Ordo Masses, often feel like they haven’t been to Mass at all, shaking their heads, thinking that they were at a Lutheran Service.

I wouldn’t blame them in the least.
And I don’t care what “Schism Boy” in Detroit says, either.


Kyrie Elaison

September 11 & Byzantine Catholics

10 Sep

For those of you who are Ukrainian Greek Catholic and are on the Traditional Julian Calendar, tomorrow is The Feast & Fast of The Beheading of St. John The Baptist. It is a Day of Liturgy(Holy Day of Obligation) & a Day of Abstention From Meat. According to the Traditional Julian Calendar, September 11th on the Gregorian Calendar is August 29th on the Traditional Julian Calendar.

But, I doubt that any of you have forgotten Tuesday September 11th, 2001 when at 8:46 AM ET, a Plane was crashed into the North Tower at the World Trade Center Complex, followed by a second Plane crashing into the South Tower of The World Trade Center Complex at 9:03AM ET. The South Tower collapsed at 9:59AM ET, with the North Tower collapsing at 10:29AM ET.

Do this day as one of Prayer & Penance. Also do abstain from Meat. This is for all Catholics, East & West.

Ad Aeternam Et In Paradisium, Orate Fratres.


Kyrie Elaison

If You Fasted & Saw The Star

7 Jan

A Blessed Christmas to those of You, both Byzantine Catholic & Byzantine Orthodox.
For on December 24th(Julian Calendar), which is January 6th(Gregorian Calendar), which was yesterday, there was a day of Total Abstention from Food. Then the Divine Liturgy of St Basil The Great was offered.
At Home, the 1st Star Of The Night is seen. Then the Family may partake of Food.

For those of you of The Roman Rite, this is Byzantine Christmas. If you think that Midnight Mass is Long, wait until you head to either the Divine Liturgy of St Basil The Great or Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. Both are amazing and Deep Liturgies. And for Roman Rite Catholics, there are 4 Prayers for The Pope, not One.

Happy Christmas!


The Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

12 Nov

The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is every bit as Catholic as the Tridentine Latin Mass. It should be so noted that in the Prayers of The Litany, when praying for the Bishops and Priests and Religious, the ejaculation, “For Our Holy & Universal Pontiff, Francis, Pope of Rome”, is said 4 Times.

You will say “Lord Have Mercy”, many, many times.

Kyrie Elaison!
Deo Gratias!

M, Eh!

The NO Mass-A Breakdown Part 1

24 Sep

A certain Past Grand Knight of a Knights of Columbus Council in Queens, went to a Lutheran Divine Service and found that he couldn’t tell the difference between the Lutheran Liturgy and the Roman Rite Ordinary Form of The Mass. Since the ONLY thing separating the Lutheran Liturgy from the Ordinary Form of The Mass, is in the part of The Mass, during the Eucharistic Anaphora, where there’s a Prayer for the Pope, the Papal Prayer is missing. Peter does not occupy the Throne in the Man Made Lutheran Faith Community.

So, in the “Manufacturing Process” to come up with a Modern Liturgy, called The Mass, it would take a Modern Track. It would not be emphasised as a Sacrifice, albeit a Non Bloody Sacrifice. It would be emphasised as a Community Meal.
The Priest would be called either a President of The Assembly or Presider.

I was a President of an assembly, called a Knights of Columbus Council in Queens, NY. I had no power to offer the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. I couldn’t change Bread and Wine into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, so WHY is the Priest downgraded to a mere President of The Assembly?  As a Past Grand Knight of a Knights of Columbus Council in Queens, NY, I couldn’t change Bread and Wine into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. I was not a Successor of The Apostles, only a Successor of other Grand Knights of a Knights of Columbus Council.

But, in these Days of The Church Militant, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, where approximately 25% of Catholics still attend Mass on Sundays, which includes the Saturday Vigil Mass and Holy Day Vigil Mass, one wonders what went awry. The Mass of Paul VI, said by the Proponents to make it easier to understand the Mass as it would be in the Languages of The Peoples of The Earth, did NOT produce any sense of Unity. One could not travel from Brooklyn to Prague to Mass and engage in Active Participation, for one did not know the Language spoken in the Czech Republic, especially if one is from Brooklyn(THE Borough Where The Dodgers once called Home, in New York).
It was in Brooklyn, NY, from where I was born and raised, in which I first went to The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. And it was in Brooklyn, where I 1st observed the Massive Confusion and Changes to the Roman Catholic Liturgy. For I grew up in the Era of The Second Vatican Council, which I viewed in a (Then)Catholic Elementary School Setting, when we were often commanded to pray for The Protestants, but not to imitate them.

IF You wonder WHY I often write about the Byzantine Rite and the Tridentine Latin Mass, I am coming to an Appreciation of these Holy and Venerable Ways of Catholic Church Liturgy, consider that the Ordinary Form of Mass is not disregarded by me, provided that it doesn’t become a form of entertainment. With the so called “Inculturation” of The Ordinary Form of The Mass, vernacularized poorly from 1969 until 2011, when a Real Translation arrived on the scene, when “Et Cum Spiritu Tuo”, was Translated to “And With Your Spirit.” The “Translation”, “And Also With You”, is often used in various Protestant Churches, where The Sacred Priesthood is not recognized. That “Translation” had all the “Sacredness” of saying “Same to you, Pal.”
Strange, but in the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and St Basil The Great, the Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches did Real English language translations, and the Response, “And With Your Spirit”, was used all during the “Bad English Translation Period” from 1969 to 2011 in the Roman Rite.

I am doing this breakdown of The Current Ordinary Form Mass from what is once again practiced with The Extraordinary Form Mass, which is the Tridentine Form of Mass, pursuant to the 1962 version of The Roman Missal. You will see rather significant changes between the Tridentine Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo(Coined by His Eminence, Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani)Mass, called “The Mass of Paul VI”, sometimes called by me, “The Bugnini Wreck”, which though promulgated by Venerable Pope Paul VI, was actually the Work of a Secular Humanist, Father Annibale Bugnini, a member of the Vincentian Order, who was reportedly offering his prayers to the “Great Architect of The Universe”, which means that Bugnini was, allegedly, a Freemason.

From the Tridentine Form Mass, the Prayers At The Foot of The Altar, when the Altar was a High Altar, where The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass was to be Offered, disappeared in the New Mass. Instead, the Opening of The New Mass Prayer changed to a Byzantine Rite Prayer:
“The Grace and Peace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, The Love of God The Father and The Fellowship of The Holy Spirit, Be With All of You”, follows with “And With Your Spirit.”
It should be noted to those of The Roman Rite, that this opening, to those of you, who aren’t familiar with the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgies of St John Chrysostom and St Basil The Great, that this is the Opening to the Consecration Anaphora of The Byzantine Rite.

In regards to the Altar, the Altar Stone contains a Relic of a Saint. But, with the coming of The Portable Table Altar, there is no stone and no relic of the Saint. In many cases, in certain Catholic Churches, the High Altar was removed and the Tabernacle was moved away from the centre of The High Altar.
Whereas in the Case of The Confiteor, this is only recited Once, collectively, with only one mention of “Blessed Mary Ever Virgin”, and Two Mentions of The Fratres. This version of The Confiteor is derived from the Lutheran Liturgy, where the Saints become anonymous.
In the Tridentine Form, that is from the Council of Trent in 1570, the Confiteor was recited 1st, for the Forgiveness of The Priest’s Sins, with Response by The Altar Servers, who were all males. Then the servers and those in the Nave who knew the Latin, said the prayer for the Forgiveness of their own Sins followed by The Priest praying for the Forgiveness of The Congregation’s Sins.
What the New Form, derived from the Lutheran Version of The Confiteor,  did was to put the Priest on the same level as the congregation, not as Judge or Alter Christus, but as a mere “President of The Assembly”, which is Protestant Form, which doesn’t recognize The Sacred, Sacrificial Priesthood, but which recognizes a Minister as “A Delegate of The Assembly.”
However this, in the New Mass, became an Option, often omitted with continuation into the Kyrie Litany, which was shortened by eliminating two responses of “Kyrie Elaison”and one of “Christe Elaison.”
The “Gloria”, omitted during Lent and Advent, except on The Feast of Saint Joseph and The Feast of The Immaculate Conception, is now limited to Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation & certain Feast Days. It is said at every Mass in the Tridentine Form, except during Advent and Lent and Good Friday(Easter Triduum).(End of Part I).

Kyrie Elaison


The New, Younger Traditionalists

17 Sep

These Catholic Traditionalists aren’t Yesterday’s Traditionalists. For the Younger Traditionalists who worship at Holy Innocents R C Church on W37th Street in Manhattan, or at St Agnes on East 43rd Street(Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Place) in Manhattan, or at the Queens Latin Mass at St John’s Cemetery Chapel in Middle Village, Queens, there is “The Eastern Catholic Church Option.”
A good number of The Younger Latin Mass Traditionalists at Holy Innocents tell me that they often head to St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on East 7th Street in Manhattan’s East Village for the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. I do go there on some Sundays for the 4:00PM Divine Liturgy in English and do run into those who have been at the Tridentine Latin Mass at Holy Innocents, hence the Younger Traditionalists do worship Bi Ritually, crossing from the Roman Rite to the Byzantine Rite, all while remaining in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
An older man from the Queens Latin Mass Group, introduced me to this biritual practice. I will state that one senses greater devotion and worship in the Traditional Sense than if one stays exclusively with the Ordinary Form Mass.

The Homilies of The Priests of both the Tridentine Latin Mass and Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, speak of Sin and the Necessity of Repentance from Sin. The Homilies of The Priests in the Roman Rite Ordinary Form Mass(Novus Ordo), tend to be more Humanistic(Unless One is at St Agnes on East 43rd Street in Midtown Manhattan). About the ONLY Ordinary Form Mass I would go to is at St Agnes, as at the 5:15PM Saturday Vigil Mass, there is much Gregorian Chant at the Mass, which enhances the Mass. The Younger Traditionalists sometimes go to the 5:15 Saturday Vigil at St Agnes on East 43rd Street.
But, most often, they are at Holy Innocents or St. Agnes for the Tridentine Latin Mass. I am often at the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom on Saturdays at the Saturday Vigil 5:00PM at Holy Cross Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Astoria, especially when I am mandated to be at a Knights of Columbus Mass in the Roman Rite Ordinary Form, where the possibility of Haugen, Haas, Schutte “Muzak” may be ignored by me.
The Younger Traditionalists and the Older Gent at St. John’s Cemetery Chapel have taught me that one may cross rites over to the Byzantine Rite for Beautiful Catholic Liturgies. One need not rely upon the Novus Ordo Missae to truly worship The Triune God. The Younger Traditionalists are pointing the way in truly learning of The Richness of Our Catholic Church Heritage.
Pope Francis I might be surprised about The Younger Traditionalists.

Deum De Deo, Lumen De Lumine!

M, Eh!

If You’re Asking WHY I Am Writing About Byzantine Ukrainian Catholics

16 Sep

In my observations, since I am of Irish Descent, originally from Brooklyn, NY and Roman Rite Catholic, I find that this topic fascinates me. For what passes for Roman Rite Catholicism, is NOT the Catholicism of when I was 9 Years Old, which was Truly Sound. It was at the Age of 11, when I 1st heard about what Teachers in a currently merged out of Existence Catholic Elementary School, called “The Eastern Rite of The Roman Catholic Church.”
When I was 12 & in 6th Grade, one of my classmates couldn’t receive Confirmation with us because when he was Baptized, he was also confirmed. I was told that it was an “Old, Italian Custom.”  But, while I had heard of “The Eastern Rite of The Roman Catholic Church”, I never knew anything about this Practice. What little I knew, consisted of “Eastern Rite Priests Being Married”, and that was all.

In the years of 1970 to 1973, I saw a group of Catholic School Children on the Subway, heading to an East Village Catholic Elementary School called Saint George’s School. I talked to one of the students. His name is Nicholas. He told me that this is a Ukrainian Catholic School.
I did not know that this school was of Byzantine Rite, but just a Catholic School in a Predominantly Ukrainian Neighborhood in Manhattan. Fast forward to 1977 & I was with friends at Mc Soreley’s Old Ale House, enjoying a few $2 Ales.
I went outside to cool off and noticed this big, Orthodox Church looking building. It turned out to be St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. It was New and Beautiful. I thought to myself that “One day, I will come to Mass here at this Parish.”

When I was 9 Years Old in 1964, The Second Vatican Council was underway, bringing about changes and CONFUSION. But one of the changes was for The Better. The Eastern Catholic Churches were often treated as if they were “The Red Haired Step Children” of The Church, especially when the Latin Church Bishops in most of the United States, treated the Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches as less than Catholic, despite Exhortations and Papal Bulls and Treaties to the Contrary.

To those of The Roman Rite, also called The Latin Rite, my interest in the Byzantine Rite increased when I was cast in a Web Series called “Peripheral City”, where a young lady called Elena played someone with a “Jesus Complex”, was trying to manipulate a black diabetic, and trying to escape her current life situation. She in both Reel and Real Life is Serbian. In my acting debut, I played her Serbian Father, who is Alcoholic. In Real Life, Elena is Serbian Eastern Orthodox. This increased my thoughts about the Byzantine Rite.

During 2013, I met a Convert from Greek Orthodoxy. She aided me greatly in this most unusual of years. I often call her “Most Dear Friend.”
I did read up on Eastern Orthodox Customs. She mentioned that she received Holy Communion from a Basket. I researched and found out that this is Called Antidoron or “Blessed Bread Instead of The Gifts”, which I explained to her.
She is a fully practicing Catholic, who understands the Faith better and a Daily Communicant.  This really piqued my interest in Byzantine Rite Catholicism.

In the Byzantine Rite, Babies being Baptized, also receive Confirmation(Called Chrismation)& Holy Communion, as part of the Sacraments(Mysteries in the Byzantine Rite)of Initiation. Holy Communion, is by intinction, via Holy Communion Spoon.

The Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom(Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of The Church, Tridentine Calendar Feast Day is January 27th, while Ordinary Form Calendar is September 14th, Roman Rite), is truly beautiful, reverential and Traditional Catholic. This is an Ancient Liturgy from the 4th Century and has been offered in the Antioch and Byzantine Rites, most notably in the Byzantine Rite, including Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The Priest, Deacon and Cantor/Lector all Face “Liturgical East”, as if awaiting the Return of Christ at The End of Time. Many Litanies are chanted, with the most common chant of “Lord Have Mercy.” One is made aware of one’s sinfulness and NEED to repent of those sins. The Offertory, offered BEFORE the Nicene Creed, and The Consecration are truly in Sacrificial Tone(Very much like the Tridentine Latin Mass).
The Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father” is sung, followed by the Doxology found in a New Testament Codex of St. John Chrysostom. The Priest then chants “For The Kingdom and the Power and the Glory are Yours, Ever and Forever unto the Ages of Ages.” To those of the Tridentine and Novus Ordo Branches of The Roman Rite, the Doxology is Byzantine Rite, NOT Protestant. You can now take a deep breath, as it is Catholic.

As for the Classmate in Brooklyn, he is Italo Albanian Catholic, a Byzantine Rite Catholic Church in Full Communion with The Holy See, which explains his reception of The Sacraments of Initiation, in Italy.
By worshipping in both the Byzantine Rite and Roman Rite of The Catholic Church, I have come to a better understanding of The Church being truly Universal. We are a Church of Many Churches, Customs and Rites, but One Faith, united in the Teachings of Christ.
For This Is The One, True Catholic Church, founded by Christ Himself, who has called for All Nations to be Baptized.
The One True Church, in all of The Diversity IS The Bride Of Christ. Make NO Mistake about THAT.

Like the Roman Rite Catholic Church of when Friday was Meatless, the Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is a Reminder of The Time of This Day of Penance as in Remembrance of Jesus’ Suffering on The Cross at Calvary. This Holy Practice of Penance is still maintained on Fridays all year and on Special Days such as The Beheading of Saint John The Baptist, the Eve of The Nativity of Christ and the Eve of The Feast of The Assumption.
Giving up meat won’t kill you. It may lead to an Increase in Grace.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is NOT “The Church of Nice.” Neither are ANY of The Catholic Churches of Eastern Practice, “The Church of Nice.”As it is said by The Priest at Holy Communion , “Approach With Fear of The Lord and With Faith”, as “Fear of The Lord”, the 7th Gift of The Holy Spirit, is rarely if at all, preached in the Novus Ordo Missae(Mass) of “The Church of Nice..”
It is Time that it is Preached and THAT Time Is NOW.

Domine Deus Rex Celestes, Deus Patri Omnipotens!