Sunday of the Man Born Blind

May 17, 2020 0 Comments

Today we hear the proclamation of the Gospel narrative of the man born blind. The story of the Man Born Blind is the third Sunday Gospel in Pascha about the mystery of baptism. This gospel is very clear, “Jesus spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his …

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

May 10, 2020 0 Comments

The theme of baptism continues in this Sunday’s Gospel, re-affirming that Pascha is a feast of resurrection and of baptism, being born into eternal life. The center of Jesus’ conversation with this unnamed woman (the Church later gave her the name Photine, the “enlightened woman”) is about water. They met at Jacob’s well, a place …

Midway to Pentecost 2020

May 6, 2020 0 Comments

Today, May 6, in the Byzantine Church following the Gregorian calendar, it is the feast of half-Pentecost (half of the Pascal Time). Let’s attend to the Gospel text of today (John 7: 14-30): verse: 14: We were already in the middle of the week of the feast when Jesus went up to the Temple; and …

Sunday of the Paralytic Man

May 3, 2020 0 Comments

There are six Sundays in the forty day celebration of the Resurrection (corresponding to the forty days until the Ascension as recorded in the Gospel of Luke). The first three Sundays have a gospel of the Resurrection and the second three a gospel with a baptismal theme. In our day the baptismal theme of the …

Sunday of St Thomas, –1st Sunday after Pascha, Liturgy online

April 19, 2020 0 Comments

“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.” (Paschal Troparion-hymn) The Light Has Come! Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! Christus resurrexit! Al-Masseh Qam! Christos Voskrese! Christus is opgestaan! Hristos vaskrse! The First Sunday after Pascha, the Sunday of Thomas, recalls the confession of faith …

Patriarch Joseph’s Paschal Message 2020

April 13, 2020 0 Comments

Paschal Message of His Beatitude Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East April 12, 2020 Christ is risen! With a heavy heart we cry out the cry of victory – which we await from year to year – in empty churches! We miss you dearly, beloved sons and daughters, wherever you …

Gospel Proclaimed in Greek at Pope’s Easter Mass

April 13, 2020 0 Comments

The Gospel Proclaimed in Greek at Pope’s Easter Mass 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 Greek. The deacon, Gianpiero Vaccaro, from the Italo-Albanian Eparchy of Lungro (Calabria, Italy) is also a student of the Greek …