ByzCatholic, ByzKids, Riteology

How to Celebrate the Nativity Fast (Advent)

A Time of Preparation Surprise it is that time of year again! Last Sunday it was Christ the King for Byzantine Catholics, which reminded me that it’s time to start thinking about preparing for Christmas. Preparing to prepare… that’s how prepared we are! Advent vs Nativity Fast In the Byzantine Catholic Church the time preparing …

Eucharist in the Byzantine Tradition
ByzCatholic, Riteology

Why Do Byzantine Catholics Use Risen Bread Instead of Unleavened Bread?

Although there are many differences between the Eastern and Western Catholic Churches, the Eucharist remains central. However, the Byzantine Churches follow traditions about the Eucharist that are now unfamiliar in the West. Let’s explore these traditions in this week’s article. Receiving Communion in the Eastern Rite When I went to my first Divine Liturgy, what …

ByzCatholic

A Collection of Helpful Responses to the Sex Abuse Scandal in the Church

Overwhelmed by all the Scandal? So the big topic of the day is the sex scandal and cover up in the church. In the past few weeks, there has been a ton of conversation about the abuses and cover-ups by Bishops and Cardinals. Even Pope Francis has been implicated in the web of cover-ups. Many …

How to Balance Work Faith Family and Self with a Rule of Life
Christian Living, Family

Developing a Rule of Life: How I Brought Order to my Day, and You Can To!

My Old Unorganized Life When life isn’t organized, we suffer for it. Our minds are filled with the pressure of all the things we should be doing. Even when we take a moment to relax, we feel guilty because there is so much left to do. 24 hours in a day doesn’t feel like enough. …

What to do With Flowers Blessed on Dormition
ByzCatholic, Feasts

Dormition Feast: What to Do with Blessed Flowers and More

The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos While all Marian Feasts are awesome, wonderful, and special, the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos has a special place in my heart. It is my firstborn daughter’s day of birth. Also called the Assumption of Mary, the feast of Dormition falls on the 15th of August. …

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