Theophany Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic

Thursday, May 31, 2012


For more of the Pictures on the Celebration of Theophany, the Eastern counterpart of Epiphany in the West,  Please click on this link of the Album. You may also Like the Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church Facebook Fan Page


Liturgy of the Presanctified celebrated by a Hierarch, Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic


From of the Photo of the Hierarchial Divine Liturgy of the Pre Sanctified, known as the Liturgy of St. Gregory Dialogist, Click on this Link of the Photo Album of the Pre Sanctified Liturgy. The Hierarch who celebrated the Liturgy is His Grace Most. Rev. John Michael Kudrick, Eparch of the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma. You can also like the St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church Facebook Fan Page. The Pre Sanctified Liturgy is celebrated on the Weekdays of Great Lent


Pentecost Message from Eastern Rite Catholic Filipinos

"Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
- JOHN 20: 21-23

Again, i like to say that this Blogspot Eastern Rite Catholic Filipino is using the Julian Paschalion so the celebration of Pentecost, on which we commemorate the descend of the Holy Spirit to the Most Blessed Virgin Theotokos and Mother Mary and the Apostles, it also the commemoration of the Birth of the Church, at the same time the Eastern Rite Catholic Filipinos have reach one year of giving Updates and disseminating Information to our Brethren Latin Rite Filipinos about Eastern Rite Catholic Churches which until know are unknown. On this Pentecost the Church begin and have sprung many Branches, different Rites but in Union of the One Church of our Lord Jesus Christ the Catholic Church

We also pray, that other Church also established by our Lord Jesus Christ through the Apostles who have since been separated into us from Religious or Political circumstances, will be soon united to the one Church instituted by God, the Church which was built upon the Rock of St. Peter and that the Gates of Hades will never prevail it, look at how the Church has survived for 1979 Years

On this Pentecost Sunday, which is coming next Sunday and have ended last Sunday in the Gregorian Calendar may the Holy Spirit guide us and be our Protector. And by the grace and mercy of God, he gave us more Blessings to continue this Blog, with the intercession from the Blessed Virgin Theotokos. Amin

Here is a Video Clip of the Dismissal Hymn at Pentecost Sunday in the Byzantine Rite. 


We pray for our Holy Universal Pontiff, Benedict XVI, Pope of Rome

In 2006, the Pope dropped the use of the Title of the "Patriarch of Rome and All West" to emphasized the very fact that he is not only the Head of the Latin Rite or the Western Church but the Catholic Church as a whole.

Let me quote some words from His Holiness Pope Benedict, which like the other Popes, has served as the Protector of the Traditions been preserved by the Eastern Rite, here are some of his words as follows:

"In our day too, the Church in America is called to embrace, incorporate and cultivate the rich patrimony of faith and culture present in America’s many immigrant groups, including not only those of your own rites, but also the swelling numbers of Hispanic, Asian and African Catholics. The demanding pastoral task of fostering a communion of cultures within your local Churches must be considered of particular importance in the exercise of your ministry at the service of unity (cf. Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, 63). This diaconia of communion entails more than simply respecting linguistic diversity, promoting sound traditions, and providing much-needed social programs and services. It also calls for a commitment to ongoing preaching, catechesis and pastoral activity aimed at inspiring in all the faithful a deeper sense of their communion in the apostolic faith and their responsibility for the Church’s mission in the United States. Nor can the significance of this challenge be underestimated: the immense promise and the vibrant energies of a new generation of Catholics are waiting to be tapped for the renewal of the Church’s life and the rebuilding of the fabric of American society."


For those who have noticed he have said it on the visiting Eastern Rite Catholic Bishops of the United States, at the same time it has coincided with a slight uproar because of the Comments of the Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Church on regards of Celibacy. Nevertheless it is important here that His Holiness Pope Benedict deeply stress the importance of Eastern Church on regards of Spirituality

May the Good lord grant His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI many years

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church 

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Gregorios III Laham, Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Ignace Joseph III Younan, Patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church


Easter Sunday celebration of Surp Badarak, Armenian Catholic Church

Monday, May 28, 2012


For more of the Photos click on the Easter Sunday Album and to those who have notice, the Priest with a Byzantine Mitre is not a Bishop but a Mitred Protopresbyter, for their Hierarchs wear Latin Rite Mitre in celebration of Surp Badarak, the Divine Liturgy of both the Armenian Apostolic Church and the one shown above, the Armenian Catholic Church. You can also followed them in their Facebook Fan Page, which is their Parish under the Armenian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg in New York headed by His Grace Most. Rev. Mikael Antoine Mouradian, I.C.P.B


Eastern Rite Catholic Churches: Bridge of Unity

Saturday, May 26, 2012

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, paying a visit and his respect to His Beatitude Volodymyr, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate who was Hospitalised before. Seen here giving him a Facsimile copy of the Buchach Bible as a Gift 

Reception to His Beatitude Mar George Cardinal Alenchery at Devalokam Catholicate Aramana

Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of both Canada and United States headed by Metropolitan Yurij and Constantine together with the Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church headed Metropolitan Lawrence Hulculak and Metropolitan Stefan Soroka

His Beatitude Gregorius III Laham, Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church visiting His Beatitude Ignatius VII, Patriarch of the Antiochian Orthodox Church

"Mary, "Mother of the star that never sets,"(67) "dawn of the mystical day,"(68) "rising of the sun of glory,"(69) shows us the Orientale Lumen.

Every day in the East the sun of hope rises again, the light that restores life to the human race. It is from the East, according to a lovely image, that our Savior will come again (cf. Mt 24:27).
For us, the men and women of the East are a symbol of the Lord who comes again. We cannot forget them, not only because we love them as brothers and sisters redeemed by the same Lord, but also because a holy nostalgia for the centuries lived in the full communion of faith and charity urges us and reproaches us for our sins and our mutual misunderstandings: we have deprived the world of a joint witness that could, perhaps, have avoided so many tragedies and even changed the course of history.

May God shorten the time and distance. May Christ, the Orientale Lumen, soon, very soon, grant us to discover that in fact, despite so many centuries of distance, we were very close, because together -- perhaps without knowing it -- we were walking towards the one Lord, and thus towards one another."

Indeed our Brethren in the Eastern Catholic Churches are working together with our Separated Brothers in the Orthodoxy to attained Christian Unity. Let us pray that one day all may be one, that all may belong to one living Church of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ



Friday, May 25, 2012


Troparion (Tone 4) 
O Christ God, You have ascended in Glory,
Granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Through the blessing they were assured
That You are the Son of God,
The Redeemer of the world!
Kontakion (Tone 6)
When You did fulfill the dispensation for our sake,
And unite earth to Heaven:
You did ascend in glory, O Christ our God,
Not being parted from those who love You,
But remaining with them and crying:
I am with you and no one will be against you.


I am to late when i have published this Akathist Hymn in honour of the Ascension into Heaven of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And this is a very first post of a Akathist Hymn since Months. Before the Great Feast of Pentecost i have already post this and for more Information on this Great Feast, please click the Information here regarding the All Glorious Ascension


As a Result

Thursday, May 24, 2012

‎"The cardinal (Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches) urged care in helping young people discern their vocation, "maintaining formation programs, integrating immigrant priests (and) embracing celibacy in respect of the ecclesial context" of the United States where mandatory celibacy is the general rule for priests." I think this may result into uproar(IMO) for the ranks of the Greek Catholics particularly in the US, for the Cardinal "urged" them to embrace the discipline of the Latin Church, which is celibacy. Noah doesn't want his Eastern brethren to follow the footsteps of Saint Alexius Toth who was outraged with the Archbishop Ireland's decision to impose Latinized policies(such as clerical celibacy) in the Byzantine Church which resulted to the Saint's schism with Rome. The saddest event which followed by another schism like in 1935. We in ERCF don't want to see events repeated in the past. We pray for understanding between these parties, including those who are hurt on reading my friend's post about it. I hope the good Cardinal will read the letter written by Bishop Isidore (Borecky) of Toronto to Blessed Pope John Paul II about clerical celibacy: From the September 1989 issue of the Corpus Canada Journal, we take the following: Eparch Isidore Borecky pleads with the Pope for married priests (excerpt from a letter to Pope John Paul II, April 15, 1989 protesting Vatican attempts to prohibit married Ukrainian Catholic clergy from exercising ministry in Canada) "Over the last century, the attempt to impose celibacy has not succeeded, but it has provoked at least three schisms in North America, as follows: 1. The schism led by Archpriest Alexis Toth commencing in Minneapolis in 1891. The vast majority of members of the Russian Orthodox Churches in the U.S. and Canada are descended from former Catholics who left the Church through this movement; 2. The schism which formed the Ukrainian Greek-Orthodox Church of Canada during and after the First World War. Except for new immigrants, virtually all the members of this denomination are former Catholics and their descendants; 3. The celibacy schism of the 1930's in the U.S. led by Father (later Metropolitan) Orestes Chornock, which resulted in the formation of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Diocese and its reception into the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople. These schisms were attended by acrimonious court battles, disgraceful public spectacles which resulted in many enduring wounds to the body of Christ, the Church, and serious scandals to the detriment of the Catholic cause. They are still a major obstacle to ecumenical relations.... Hierarchs of Ukraine have been ordaining married priests and sending them to us for a century, from Metropolitan Sylvester Cardinal Sembratovynch, through Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky, Joseph Cardinal Slipyj (who in Rome itself ordained at least 46 such priests for the diaspora without any objection from the Holy See) and now the present Eastern Catholic hierarchs in Ukraine. At the very least, Your Holiness, surely it is not improper to ask for an explanation of this complete innovation. Since Pope Pius Xll established the Eparch of Toronto we have received married priests who were ordained in Ukraine or elsewhere in Europe on the instruction of Cardinal Tisserant, and until today there has been no objection. How, When, and Why has this policy changed? Any attempt to prevent the priests ordained in Ukraine from exercising the sacred ministry would provoke an immediate and vehement protest from the faithful, and even from the reverend clergy. These priests have been received with very great joy, and they are carrying out much needed pastoral work. Suddenly interrupting that work now would do irreparable harm to the peace of the Church here."


In your Latin Eyes only :P

Monday, May 21, 2012

I do not like to make any comment, but the Statement given by His Eminence Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect of the Eastern Catholic Church, is quite disturbing. Reminding me that Once upon a time, a Latin rite Hierarch show his Bull headed attitude to a Greek Catholic Priest which cause Major Schism in the Americas in the 19th Century. By the way the Prefect of this Sacred Congregation is not even a Eastern Catholic, but a Latin Rite, so as to give you a hint on him. Here is the following quotations of his Address to the Bishop

‎"The cardinal (Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches) urged care in helping young people discern their vocation, "maintaining formation programs, integrating immigrant priests (and) embracing celibacy in respect of the ecclesial context" of the United States where mandatory celibacy is the general rule for priests."

This one gave me the creeps. It seems the Cardinal forget that Eastern Rite Catholic Churches has a unbroken Tradition of Married Priesthood. He also does not forget Married Eastern Catholics are the reason why Archbishop John Ireland refused to recognized Alexis Toth on ministering Greek Catholics is the reason he is a Married Priest. Let us not forget the Ea Semper and Cum data fuerit, which have restrained Celibacy in the Priesthood, resulting to a Schism lead by Msgr. Orestes Chornock. Also, in the Latin Rite, Married Priest also exist, namely in the Anglican Use Personal Ordinariates, though Latin rite holds the Tradition of maintaining Celibate Priests

As usual, this Comment have produced Opinions from Eastern Catholics and even Orthodox as well, so here is the other Article which i see, has prove that once again  the likes of Archbishop John Ireland and Latin Rite supremacist are now making their presence felt:

It has been widely center of talk in the United States. And the Cardinal, if ever i gave him a Benefit of a Doubt, i will not do so because at the first instance, he is a Latin Rite Ordinary, does he know everything on Eastern Catholic Church, i hope it is because by the way he speaks History will happened again, People like him in the Roman Curia is making Complications affecting Eastern Catholics

Honestly i have goosebumps every time i post this Picture. The same People who have forced Alexis Toth on jumping to Orthodoxy are the same People telling Eastern Catholics to do the same. You want Union, sorry to say but Thanks but no Thanks at all. This is the price of becoming a Eastern Catholic, its either you get persecuted by not just the Orthodox but their Brethren Latin Catholic as well

Below will be another Article which is a letter written by a Ruthenian Greek Catholic Priest to his Metropolitan Archbishop which is performing a Ad Limina visit in Rome


Catholic in Communion, Orthodox in Faith!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Everyone who have read this Blog and even Visit our Facebook Fan Page, are aware that i am Attending Church Services in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Annunciation in Paranaque, the Seat of the Philippine Exarchate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the first among the ranks in the Eastern Orthodox Communion. So does it mean that i am already leaving Catholicism?!! I do not need to answer this question myself because deep in my heart I have only one conviction: that the Pope is the Universal Pontiff Head of the Church and the Vicar of Christ on Earth, This conviction of mine will not be moved even by the majesty and grandeur and solemnity of Eastern Rite spirituality and worship as I experienced and witnessed myself in the Orthodox Church." I am just there to Attend and Appreciate Eastern Spirituality and the Solemnity of their Divine Liturgies, which i cannot describe how it looks like, unlike the Liturgy of the Roman Church, i can truly say whether i am in Earth or Heaven, as the Envoys of St. Volodymyr of Kyiv have acclaimed on witnessing the same Liturgy i have witness. The very first time i see a Iconostasis and lost of Icons in my whole life :)

Me, Yours truly, in a Green Polo Attending the Service of the 12 Gospels on Maundy Thursday, the Eastern Rite Holy Week in the Julian Paschalion

Honestly i have truly recognized the Solemnity and the Dignity of the Sacred Liturgies of the East, even though i have attended it into the Greek Orthodox themselves, i have put a high regards specially on their Spirituality. No Church issues here, i can truly say that i am  ORTHODOX for i am a True Believing Christian, abjuring any kinds of Heresies at the same i am a CATHOLIC in Communion with the Holy Father, the Guardian of not just different Churches but of all Liturgies, whether they are in the West or East, though i have experience my Eastern Rite Liturgies to the Orthodox and not Greek Catholics

For those whose say that i am not retaining my Obedience and Loyalty to the Holy Universal Pontiff, well i cannot please anyone but the Pictures of the Pope will say that this Blog is in UNION WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND RECOGNIZING THE JURIDICAL AUTHORITY OF THE POPE!!!

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Holy Universal Pontiff of the Catholic Church and Pope of Rome, blessing the faithful and the clergies using Dikirion and Trikirion in the Melkite Greek Catholic Cathedral of Amman, Jordan on his Holy Land Visit


Monument in honour of the Holy Martyr Blessed

From the Website Religious Information Service in Ukraine:

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church invites the clergy and faithful to participate in an all-Ukrainian pilgrimage dedicated to the Holy Martyr, Omelian Kovch. The pilgrimage will be held on 11 May, 2012  in the town of Peremyshliany where Fr. Kovch served as a parish priest from 1922 to the time of the Nazi occupation during which he was imprisoned for rescuing Jews. A monument to the holy martyr is to be opened in the town today.
According to the web site of the Lviv Archeparchy of UGCC, the pilgrimage will be held with the participation  of Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), bishops and priests of the Stryi Eparchy. The spiritual action will begin with a prayer service and celebratory academy at 9:30 pm. At 10:55 pm, the procession of Patriarch Sviatoslav, the bishops and priests  of UGCC will be held. At 11 pm., the hierarchical Divine Service will be celebrated. At 13:45 pm, the monument is to be opened.
Here is the other Article in honour of this Blessed Martyr who is among the other Ukrainian Greek Catholic Martyrs beatified by His Holiness Blessed Pope John Paul II, this Post is titled The Witness of the Greek Catholic Priest-Martyr of Majdanek Blessed Omelian, originally posted in the Saint Elias Today Blog


Canadian Parliament Recognizing the Efforts done by Metropolitan Andrey (Sheptytsky) in saving the Jews during WWII.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

With the leaders of different religions in Ukraine witnessing the event, the Canadian Parliament recognized the efforts of Metropolitan Andrey (Sheptytsky), leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, in saving countless Jews during World War II and vocal in renouncing the atrocities done by Nazi officials in World War II against Jews and Ukrainians. Here is the text of his pastoral letter "Thou Shalt not Kill" written on the 21st of November, 1942. Sorry for it is written in Ukrainian and I hope that someone would translate them in English.

"Із Послання Митрополита Андрея Шептицького “Не убий” [21 листопада 1942 року] Андрей Шептицький Божою Милістю і Святого Апостольського Римського Престолу Благословенням Митрополит, Архієпископ Галицький і Львівський Єпископ, Кам’янецький Духовенству й вірним Мир о Господі і благословенство НЕ УБИЙ! [...] Дивним способом обманюють себе і людей ті, що політичне вбивство не уважають гріхом, наче би політика звільняла чоловіка від обов’язку Божого закону та оправдувала злочин, противний людській природі. Так не є. Християнин є обов’язковий заховувати Божий закон не тільки в приватному житті, але й в політичному та суспільному житті. Людина, що проливає неповинну кров свого ворога, політичного противника, є таким самим чоловіковбивником, як людина, що це робить для рабунку, і так само заслуговує на кару Божу і на клятву Церкви. Християнин, і не тільки християнин, а кожна людина обов’язана з людської природи до любови ближнього. І не тільки християн, але й усіх людей буде Всев[вишній] Бог І[сус] Христос, справедливий Суддя, судити по всім ділам життя, а передусім по ділам милосердя і любови ближнього, як це описане в притчі про страшний суд (Мат. XXV). Чоловіковбивник не тільки, що не мав милосердя до вбитого, терплячого, ув’язненого, але ближньому зробив найтяжчу кривду, яку тільки міг зробити, відбираючи йому життя, і то може в хвилі, коли той ближній, на смерть не приготований, стратив через неї всяку надію на вічне життя! Тим вчинком скривдив він усі діти вбитого, жінку, старих батьків, які без помочі вбитого, засуджені, може, на голод і нужду. Та не тільки вбив ближнього, але й свою душу позбавив надприродного життя, Божої благодаті, та ввів її у пропасть, з якої, може, вже й не буде спасіння! Бо прокляттям неповинної крові викликав, може, в своїй душі демонів пожадливости, які кажуть йому в терпіннях і болях ближнього шукати власної радости. [...] Світ гине з браку любови, гине з людської ненависти! Не переставаймо ж благати Всевишнього про обильні, теплі дощі його святої благодати з неба. Вкінці звертаюся ще до вас усіх, Дорогих Братів, вірних та усильно взиваю до заховування якнайбільшого супокою. Воєнні часи приносять нам неодно терпіння і неодну спокусу. Йде лиш про це, щоб з Божою благодаттю тривати при Божому законі і сильно надіятися на Всевишнього, що його пресвята ласка оберне на наше добро всі терпіння, які нам зіслав. Досвіди принимаємо з Божих рук; нічого не діється без волі Небесного Отця, Бог, добрий Батько, змилосердиться над нами, простить наші гріхи і дасть діждатися благословенного часу миру. [Опубліковано: Львівські Архієпархіальні відомості. – 1942, листопад. – Ч. 11.– С. 179-180, 183.]"