In the East, the sacraments are referred to as Mysteries.
"The process of becoming God's dwelling place in the Spirit, the Body of Christ, is realized most fully in the Eucharist." (Fr. Petras et al, Light for Life, Part One: The Mystery Believed, page 68).
In the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church, communion is received by spoon. If you are in communion with the Catholic Churches and you wish to receive communion, cross your hands across your chest. Father may ask your name to include in the prayer as he serves you communion. Open your mouth wide and Father will pour the Body and Blood into your mouth. Please don't close your mouth on the spoon. Then you may return to your seat and pray.
If you are not in communion with the Catholic Churches, you may receive a blessing from Father instead of taking communion. Place your finger in front of your lips as you approach the altar.
In our tradition, first communion is typically given at the time of Baptism/Chrismation, so you may see very young children (and even infants) receiving communion! If your child has not yet received their first communion, they can instead receive a blessing by putting their finger in front of their lips.
In the East, confession is seen as a way to heal from events that have separated you from God (either sins you have committed or events that have harmed you). Confessions are offered at St. Basil's on Saturdays and Sundays before Divine Liturgy or by appointment.
In the Ruthenian tradition, Rites of initiation are performed all at once (as in the Early Church). Baptism, Chrismation (equivalent to Roman "confirmation"), and first Eucharist are all celebrated on the same day. If you wish for your child (or yourself!) to be Baptized, Chrismated, and/or receive first Communion, please speak with Father for arrangements. We are happy to welcome you further into the life of Christ!
Marriage/The Mystery of Crowning
Traditionally, a Byzantine Catholic marriage begins with a betrothal, in which the bride and groom exchange rings. The marriage itself is considered sacramental the moment the couple are crowned as martyrs for Jesus and for each other. The ceremony is called the Mystery of Crowning.
If you are a subject of the Byzantine Catholic Church and are considering marriage in the Ruthenian Byzantine tradition, congratulations! Please speak with Father at least six months before your desired wedding date. If your future spouse is not a Byzantine Catholic, Father will explain what is involved and next steps. St. Basil's would be honored to celebrate your wedding.
In the Ruthenian Rite, holy orders are open to single and married men wishing to enter the diaconate or the priesthood.
If you feel called to discern the diaconate or the priesthood, we encourage you to speak with Father or one of the Deacons of St. Basil's.
Anointing of the Sick
If you or a loved one would benefit from the anointing of the sick, our deepest sympathies are with you. Please speak with Father for arrangements.
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Saint Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church
Dom Christopher Andrews O.S.B., Parish Administrator
1118 East Union Bower Road, Irving, Texas 75061 | 972.438.5644
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About St. Basil's
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me. " Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, "Come and see!"
We are a parish in the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church sui iuris of Pittsburgh and, as such, are in full communion with the Holy See in Rome. Our parish is Eastern Catholic and is one of the 23 Churches in the Universal Church (Catholic Church). If you're curious, we'd like to invite you to "Come and See!" Join us for Divine Liturgy at 10 am on a Sunday, and connect with us on social media!
May you have a blessed Nativity fast!
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Coronavirus Prayers and Resources
The Metropolitan Cantor Institute has made available a Prayer in Time of Coronavirus and several resources to aid those in government-mandated or self-imposed isolation. These free resources include a variety of service guides, music settings, and videos to help the Faithful enter more deeply into the celebration of the Liturgies, Praises, and Mysteries.