Announcement:Seminarian Concert Tour

Announcement:Seminarian Concert Tour October 9, 2008

Anyone living in the Washington, DC area wanting to visit a Byzantine parish but have not done so? This Sunday will be a good time to do so!

St Gregory of Nyssa Byzantine Catholic Church (12420 Old GunPowder Road Spur, Beltsville, MD 20705) will have a Divine Liturgy Service at 2 pm to welcome the travelling seminary choir from the Blessed Theodore Romzha Theological Academy in Uzhorod, Ukraine. While this means the whole liturgy will be celebrated in Old Church Slavonic, the pew books will be able to help people unaccostumed to Slavonic to follow along.

While the Divine Liturgy is open to the public, an offering of $10.00 is requested – which will go to the support of the Seminary in Užhorod.

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  • Zak

    Can you go into more detail about how well those of us with no understanding of Church Slavonic will be able to understand? I must confess to a fear of attending a Byzantine Catholic mass and being TOTALLY lost. I have a few questions-

    -What are the main features distinguishing the Byzantine Rite mass from the Novus Ordo Latin Rite mass?

    -Are there congregation responses during the mass?

    -Are the pew books two-language, or are there separate English and Slavonic? I ask because I often attend Polish-language mass with my wife, who is a Polish immigrant, and I now find it relatively easy to follow along, and sometimes participate in responses, but it’s largely because I know the English mass well enough to know what’s being said and what’s next.

  • Zak,

    The pew books (the old ones) have English and transliterated Slavonic next to each other. So, as a whole, one would be able to follow along with the liturgy itself, but those books will nto have the musical notes. Often Fr-Deacon tells people who come for the first time to just follow along, and experience the liturgy, see what goes on, and don’t try to keep up with the singing because elements can confuse the first time. But that doesn’t mean one can’t try.

    To really see what is going on beforehand, one canskim through a translation of the liturgy — :

    Finally, some features that you might notice, beyond what is written there: it’s completely chanted without musical instruments, communion is under both species (leavened bread in the chalice), and there is a lot of “action” and “interaction” in the liturgy (incense, many bows, many signs of the cross, etc).

  • Zak