Friday, January 30, 2009

And the Patriarch of Moscow Is....

Met. KIRILL, elected Patriarch of Moscow on Tuesday

Of course, most of you heard days ago, but in case you did not: Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad has been elected Patriarch of Moscow. Kirill received 508 votes, with Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga and Borovsk receiving 169. According to one news source, "Shortly before results were announced Vesti TV reported a miracle—the Cathedral’s Mother of God Icon began 'streaming myrrh very intensively.'" I know little about him, and nothing of his view of the Western Rite, but may God lead His servant and grant him many years.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Video: FULL(er) Christmas Eve Mass with Dom James Deschene

Last week, we posted a condensed clip of Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by Dom James Deschene at the Church of Our Lady of Glastonbury, the chapel attached to Christ the Saviour Monastery (Christminster), a Western Orthodox Benedictine monastery in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dom James and Reader Polycarp Sherwood notified us of a longer clip: 59 minutes long, containing nearly the full Midnight Mass of Christmas as celebrated at this Western Rite Church, according to the Liturgy of St. Gregory. It can be viewed on the church's website or Google Video, and I've embedded it below.

This video, which contains nearly the full Divine Liturgy, answers many, many prayers for those who would love to get a sense of what Western Rite Orthodoxy is like but live too far to visit one of our churches. This is what the Western Rite is all about. As Dom James wrote, "I believe it important for people to 'come and see' (or at least 'see') before critiquing our services. The best education in western-rite liturgy is to worship in it and to pray it." Thanks to him, Rdr. Polycarp, and all those who made this video possible.

As a liturgical note, you may notice this Mass has an Old Testament reading (in this case, from the Prophet Isaiah) in addition to an Epistle and Gospel; and it contains an ancient litany following the Nicene Creed (though not the Great Litany from the Byzantine liturgy, as some claimed for years, even when informed otherwise and asked to issue a correction). These elements (and a few others) are unique to Christminster's recension of the Mass.

This video gives new meaning to the phrase, "Watch, and pray."

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