The Byzantine Catholic Orthodox Church reflects the traditions of the many diverse
communities it serves via its Liturgical Rites, culture, language, art, and music.
Under the patronage of Russian Orthodox Church and Saint Aftimios, the Church in America
was established and incorporated on the basis of an excellent Constitution, designed to bring
true unity to American Orthodoxy.
We are an active community, loving each other as members of God's holy family. We belong to
Christ and one another. Because of this great love we have for God, we come together and join
in worship, celebrating the risen Christ among us with joy and jubilation.
In the Byzantine Western (Occidental) tradition, we are exposed to experience all of our senses
in worship. We see icons, vestments, candles; we smell incense; we hear continual singing; we
taste blessed foods and we use physical gestures such as bowing, prostrating and crossing
ourselves to express our wonder at the glory of God.
Our love for the risen Christ expresses itself in the community in the joy in each other's
company, so we find the time to share frequent meals and social times. We open ourselves to
support one another in the trials of daily life. As a community, we live one day at a time in the
unity with the Holy Trinity and a constant approach for our spiritual nourishment the Holy
The Western (Occidental) Byzantines also stress a personal spiritual life "in secret, so that the
Father, who sees all in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:6). Greatest of these is personal
prayer in the silence of our own hearts, where we can speak honestly with God. We call to the
Most High (Blessed be His Name) in the prayer that our Lord taught us to pray 'Thee Our
Father,' which sums up our constant need of the love of God.
In addition, Byzantine Christians are called to fast and to search within in secret as Jesus
commanded (Matthew 6:1-8). By refusing to answer immediately to all of our " earthly " desires,
we express our need to continue our daily conversion by subjecting our weaknesses to the
Power of the Holy Spirit that will work within us in order for us to unify with the Holy One. The
most difficult obstacle to our growth is the weakness and brokenness of our personalities. This
is why the Byzantine churches call on their members to engage in "Spiritual Warfare" in the
arena of their hearts and minds, with the help a Spiritual director (Priest, Deacon, Deaconess
or Elder) in order to provide them advice and direction.
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