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
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 Eucharist.
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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