The Gospel Proclaimed in Greek at Pope’s Easter Mass doesn’t seem newsworthy unless you have a special concern for the catholic Church’s Sacred (Divine) Liturgy. Yesterday caught our attention. If you watched Pope Francis’ Easter Mass at St Peter’s Basilica yesterday, then you may have noticed the very moving gospel of the Resurrection sung in […]
I would urge you to read this essay by Dominican Father Thomas Joseph White. It is worth the read because it is a reasoned argument with pastoral sense.
On this day in 1983 Father Alexander Schmemann died. He is a favorite liturgical theologian of the Orthodox Church. A prolific speaker and author, a man of great vision. May Father Alexander’s memory be eternal. “Man is a hungry being. But he is hungry for God. Behind all the hunger of our life is God. […]
An Orthodox priest was captured by a professional photographer as he was feeding a baby girl while proclaiming the Gospel at the child’s baptism service at the Ascension of the Lord Church in Podu Olt, Brasov County, Romania. Read the story here.
There is nothing on Earth, higher, greater or more holy than the divine liturgy, nothing more solemn, nothing more life-giving. ~Saint John Kronstadt Experience and the witness of the saints on the importance of the sacred Liturgy (or Divine Liturgy, if you will) has a correspondence to truth that is undeniable. Much of what passes […]
Prayer to Bless New Honey Priest: Let us pray to the Lord. Laity: Lord, have mercy. O Lord Jesus Christ, Whose mercies cannot be contained and Whose bounties are ineffable; Who are wondrous in glory and Who works miracles, Who by the operation of the Holy Spirit once blessed Israel and nourished them with honey […]
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Father Iura (St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church, New Haven, CT) blessed grapes, harvested fruits and vegetables and honey. According to the Gospel of John, Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches, apart from me […]
Music is essential to life. Sacred music –that which is lived and performed in the Liturgy– is crucial important and integral to the worship of God. Yes, we live the text and the notes. I love music. I love listening to music. I love sharing the experience of listening to music with others. I love […]
“You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” The Latin Church has today as the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; it is historically associated with the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus celebrated on the 8th Day of Christmas, January 1. Both the Latin and Eastern […]
The glory and nobility of God’s eternal Kingdom have to be estimated from the dignity of its King, since a king is not derived from a kingdom but a kingdom from a king. And he indeed is King who has on his garment and on his thigh a name written: King of kings and Lord […]