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To: NYer

It was pretty plain speaking.

Loved the reference to Constantine and Constantinople.


4 posted on 09/14/2012 1:50:57 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: OpusatFR
Loved the reference to Constantine and Constantinople.

Yes ... an astute reflection on this important feast day - the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and the Byzantine heritage of the Greek Melkite Catholic Church which comes from Constantinople. Pope Benedict has a remarkable way of weaving issues relevant to local churches into his speeches. It's difficult for us westerners to listen to lengthy speeches in Arabic. God bless the Patriarch for recognizing this. At a certain point he said Heiliger Vater (Holy Father in German) and the pope, along with his entourage, all turned their heads towards the Patriarch.

I had read that hymns from the various eastern catholic churches would be chanted at the different venues. When the deacon finished reading the Gospel today, it was the Maronite choir that chanted the response: Praise, thanksgiving and blessings to Jesus Christ, our Lord. For giving us His words of Life. Praise, thanksgiving and blessings to Jesus Christ, our Lord. Here in the US, those words are chanted each week, both in English and Arabic, following the reading of the Gospel, while the priest processes the Book of the Gospels to its proper niche. The big difference is that here in the west, our chants and hymns are accompanied by an organ and not the middle eastern instruments used in that part of the world.

5 posted on 09/14/2012 2:25:00 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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