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Three Popes and a Patriarch

Three Popes and a Patriarch

The image above, of three popes and a patriarch (no it’s not the beginning of a joke), may be unique in Christian history. The Copts have been separate from majority Christianity since the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451, the fourth ecumenical council. Pope Francis (for the Roman Catholic Church) and Pope Tawadros II (for… Continue Reading

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Same Day for Eastern and Western Easter

Same Day for Eastern and Western Easter

This year, Eastern (Orthodox) and Western Easter Day was celebrated on the same day. Unless we come to some agreement, that won’t happen again for eight years. This link explains how the date of Easter Day is arrived at. Here’s the next few years when Eastern and Western Easters coincide: 2025 2028 2031 2034… image… Continue Reading

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All Souls

All Souls

From Holy Women, Holy Men In the New Testament, the word “saints” is used to describe the entire membership of the Christian community, and in the Collect for All Saints’ Day the word “elect” is used in a similar sense. From very early times, however, the word “saint” came to be applied primarily to persons… Continue Reading

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Synodality and Primacy

Synodality and Primacy

The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church announced that it had reached substantial agreement on the questions of primacy and synodality in the Church. It was described as a “landmark agreement”. There is increasing acceptance of the first-among-equals of the Bishop of Rome role in the pre-1054 church.… Continue Reading

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Rosary

Rosary

October 7 was the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and October is, traditionally, the month of the Rosary. The 150 recitations of the Hail Mary was, obviously, connected to the monastic praying of the 150 psalms (especially for those without books or who could not read). The recent addition of another 50 Hail… Continue Reading

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Websites of Note

Websites of Note

Pray Tell Blog I am honoured that this Liturgy site receives a special introduction at Pray Tell Blog. a Roman Catholic liturgy blog published by the Liturgical Press, St. John’s University, and St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN. A lot of the books on my shelves, of course, are published by Liturgical Press. The office I… Continue Reading

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Looking East and West

Looking East and West

Pope Francis has been making waves. The Orthodox are trying to catch up with our new context. And some people are trying to turn back the clock. Looking East or West? Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has asked that priests begin presiding at the… Continue Reading

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