Monday, September 13, 2010

Feast of St. John Chrysostom

Chrysostom means "golden mouthed." St. John was called this because of his exceptional preaching ability. He is credited with writing the liturgy that the Byzantine Catholic Church still says today.

In our city, we have a beautiful Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Therese of Liseux. The Byzantine faith is under the Pope of Rome and has been described by Pope John Paul II along with the Roman faith as "two lungs" of the Church. Both rites are necessary for the Church to breathe.

Fr. Bob Evancho is the pastor at St. Therese. He has taught me so much about the Byzantine Rite, but moreover, he has taught me so much about being a good Catholic of any rite.

Make plans to visit a Byzantine Catholic Church and attend the beautiful liturgy. The liturgy is sung without instrumental music. It is a special way to send up our prayers to God.

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