catholic orthodox

I’ve had Protestant friends come with me to Liturgy and if they don’t feel comfortable partaking in the Antidoron I don’t make them, like I get it and tbh I invited you because my ultimate goal is your conversion so I’m not gonna scare you away over a piece of bread, but if my Roman Catholic friends refuse I shove it into their hands and command them to eat because like it or not we are sister churches and you are gonna share in this symbol of Christian unity and love so help me God

anonymous asked:

how to come out to parents who are super catholic and orthodox and were angry at me bc i wouldn't stop be friends with my best friend from kindergarden who came out as gay???

well, it’s actually my case. i know im not doing right but, my parents don’t know. i want to tell them, but i prefer keeping this as a secret. probably i will tell them when i get out of our house and have my own, because only god knows what they could do with me.

I have been attending church regularly for over twenty years, in both Catholic and Orthodox parishes around the country.  I have yet to hear a sermon explaining in any depth what Christianity teaches about the human person and about the rightly ordered use of sex.  For that matter, I recall only one sermon in all those years in which a priest endorsed the orthodox Christian view of sex.  Far too many pastors are scared to talk about sex.  They need to get over it.  It is hard to live chastely in this eroticized culture; pastors shouldn’t make it harder by denying their people the teaching and support they need to be faithful.  Silence from the pulpit, and from the church’s ministers and teachers, conveys the message that sex and sexuality aren’t important and that the church has nothing to offer on the matter.  This is ludicrous, even cruel.  The church’s teaching on the meaning of sex was liberating to me when I began to practice the faith as an adult.  I had lived by the world’s standards and had made a mess of my life and hurt others.  Finally, backed into the corner by my own disordered desires, I surrendered to Christ.
—  Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option, pp. 205-206
What are you giving up for lent?

Orthodox Christian: Everything, also if you could not talk about meat or anything else tasty for the next few months that’d be super great. 

Protestant who actually does lent: Uh Chocolate? Maybe soda? I dont know yet, I haven’t decided, I gave up coffee last year and almost died, and I don’t think I can do it again. 

Protestant who doesn’t do lent: Christians don’t *have* to do lent, its not in the bible, only Catholics do. 

“The real sin of marriage today is not adultery or lack of “adjustment” or “mental cruelty.” It is the idolization of the family itself, the refusal to understand marriage as directed toward the Kingdom of God. This is expressed in the sentiment that one would “do anything” for his family, even steal. The family has here ceased to be for the glory of God; it has ceased to be a sacramental entrance into his presence. It is not the lack of respect for the family, it is the idolization of the family that breaks the modern family so easily, making divorce its almost natural shadow. It is the identification of marriage with happiness and the refusal to accept the cross in it. In a Christian marriage, in fact, three are married; and the united loyalty of the two toward the third, who is God, keeps the two in an active unity with each other as well as with God. Yet it is the presence of God which is the death of the marriage as something only “natural.” It is the cross of Christ that brings the self-sufficiency of nature to its end. But “by the cross, joy entered the whole world.” Its presence is thus the real joy of marriage. It is the joyful certitude that the marriage vow, in the perspective of the eternal Kingdom, is not taken “until death parts,” but until death unites us completely.” – Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World

Understanding the Latin Mass

I hope this post helps you understand the Traditional Catholic Mass, which has done so much for my relationship with Jesus! As Cardinal Newman said, “I could attend masses forever and not be tired. It is not a mere form of words – it is a great action, the greatest action that can be on earth… He becomes present on the altar in flesh and blood, before Whom angels bow and devils tremble.”

The different parts of the Mass and their meanings, in two halves:

MASS OF THE CATECHUMENS

PRAYERS AT THE FOOT OF THE ALTAR: Priest adores God
INTROIT: “Entrance” Prayer to hasten God’s advent
KYRIE: Greek, A cry to the Trinity for mercy
GLORIA: Angelic Hymn, an exultation of praise
COLLECTS: Prayers of the day
EPISTLE: Letters and teachings of Apostles
GRADUAL: Psalm to unite prayers with instruction
ALLELUIA: Hebrew, “Praise the Lord”
GOSPEL: The words of Christ
SERMON: Explanation of the Gospel
CREED: “I believe” Profession of faith.

MASS OF THE FAITHFUL

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON: Preparation for oblation (sacrifice)
OFFERTORY: Bread, wine, & hearts of people offered to God
SECRET: Prayer that the offerings are worthy
SANCTUS: “Holy, holy, holy” Canticle of the Angels
PRAYERS OF REMEMBRANCE: Prayer for the living
PRAYERS OF OFFERING: Petition for peace, deliverance, to get to heaven
CONSECRATION: Action of Christ. Bread=body, wine=blood
PRAYERS OF OFFERING: Recalls the old law sacrifices, remember Calvary
PRAYERS OF REMEMBRANCE: Prayer for the dead in purgatory
DOXOLOGY: All things sanctified & blessed through Cross of our Redeemer
PATER NOSTER: “Our Father” Preparation for Communion
BREAKING OF THE HOST: Imitates Savior who broke bread for the Apostles
AGNUS DEI: Christ is the Lamb from the Old & New Testament prophets
COMMUNION: The infinite God, in His infinite love, grants an infinite gift
POSTCOMMUNION: Prayer of thanksgiving for the Body and Blood
DISMISSAL: Priest dismisses the people, sends them out into the world
BENEDICTION: Priest humbly thanks God for allowing participation in sacrifice
LAST GOSPEL: Summary of the benefits we partake through Christ’s Sacrifice