FARVEL Father Chrysostom
and the SS. Cyril and Methodius
Russian Byzantine Catholic Community
You have made us a better people of Christ.
What else is there to say?
The transfer of the icon of SS. Seraphim and Francis and the iconic crucifix
to the SS. Cyril and Methodius Russian Byzantine Catholic Community.
May God bless and keep you. May God smile on you.
May God show you kindness. Fill you with peace.
And may God bless you, Father, Son and Spirit.
May you always love and serve, filled with God's peace.
We fan flames...giving those moving on peace in their new situation
at the same time providing those left behind strength to carry on.
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"If we approach with faith,
we too will see Jesus…
for the Eucharistic table
takes the place of the crib.
HERE the Body of the Lord is present,
wrapped not in swaddling clothes
but in the rays of the Holy Spirit."
- St. John Chrysostom
SS. Cyril and Methodius Russian Byzantine Catholic Community Mission Statement
Orthodox in faith and Catholic in charity, we are a Eucharistic community within the Archdiocese of Denver committed to:
• living our life in Christ by means of the liturgical, spiritual, and theological tradition of Byzantine Christianity
• making the riches of this tradition available to all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Denver
• spreading the good news to all people that by his Cross our Lord Jesus Christ has trampled down death by death and has risen from the dead
SS Cyril and Methodius Russian Byzantine Catholic community began services in 2003 when the Archbishop of Denver appointed Fr. Chrysostom Frank to St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish to serve as parish priest for both the Roman community and for a new Byzantine Catholic community.
For the first few years the Byzantine community celebrated the Divine Liturgy on one side of the church building using a separate altar and the distinctive iconostasis (icon screen) of Eastern Christian worship. After several years of working together, the Roman and Byzantine communities redesigned the sanctuary to accommodate both liturgical traditions in one space. Consequently, a new altar and icon screen were dedicated in 2006.
What is Russian Byzantine Catholic?
For Christians, then, “rite” means the practical arrangements made by the community in time and space, for the basic type of worship received by God in faith. . . . Worship always includes the whole conduct of one’s life. Thus rite has its primary place in the liturgy, but no only in the liturgy. It is also expressed in a particular way of doing theology, in the form of spiritual life, and in the juridical ordering of ecclesiastical life. (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in The Spirit of the Liturgy, 160).
Let’s start with the word Byzantine. Although there are over 20 rites in the Church, each with an essential connection to an Apostle, there are two “great families of rites.” (Ratzinger, Spirit of the Liturgy, 162). Thus, Roman designates the sphere of liturgical tradition developed in the West. The Byzantine designation was adopted as an umbrella term for the Eastern Christian tradition, also known as “Eastern Orthodox,” associated with the city and church of Constantinople. Constantinople (or its more ancient name of Byzantium and now Istanbul) was the eastern capitol of the Roman Empire established by Constantine in the 4th century. It became the center of Christianity during the formative years of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Through the centuries it became the hub of Greek-speaking churches of the Middle East and Eastern Europe. These churches developed a distinctive liturgical tradition different from that of Rome.
Constantinople remained the center of Eastern Christian expression up until the Byzantine Empire fell to the Turks in the 15th century. This disaster forced the Church of Russia, established only a few centuries before, to take up the mantle as protector of the Christian East.
Its “Russian” designation does not come from the idea that those in the community are primarily of Russian descent or Russian speakers, but rather its liturgical tradition is in keeping with the tradition of the Patriarchate of Moscow, similar to that of the Orthodox Church of America (OCA). The liturgy is celebrated in English while following the liturgical musical tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Even though we practice an ancient liturgical, spiritual, theological, and canonical tradition different from that of the Church in Rome, we are Catholic in that we are in communion with the Pope of Rome. For over a thousand years, there truly was only one holy Catholic and Apostolic church.
Information about Byzantine Catholicism
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