Family, Pregnancy

Pregnant Again – and How I Got Through the First Trimester!

Hello readers! Unless you somehow got to this page without reading the title, then you know we are pregnant with baby number two! Our first children will be 21 months apart which is almost exactly what we wanted. (We were aiming for 18 months). And now that we’ve told family we can share the good …

Liturgical Colors in the Byzantine Tradition and Roman Rite
ByzCatholic, Riteology

Liturgical Colours: Vestments in the East and West

Liturgical Colours When I first started attending Divine Liturgies, I really missed the green. Now don’t get me wrong – the gold is beautiful – but green is my favourite colour! Green is the colour of vestments for priests during ordinary time in the Roman Rite. In the Eastern Churches, where ordinary time is replaced …

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 …

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