blessthe-lord-ohmysoul  asked:

Martha! So I'm going to be attending my local Byzantine Catholic Church for Mass. I'm so excited, but I don't want to look like an idiot. Any do's/don'ts i should be aware of?

AAAAAAAAH, my friend you’re going to love it. Like I’m most definitely biased but I think the Eastern Church is the most beautiful form of worship on earth and I always get excited when people decide to attend liturgy.

•So you should definitely venerate the icons! They’ll most likely have one on a podium thing, standing front and center (sometimes as many as three). I usually venerate the icon as soon as I enter and the last thing i do before I leave. It’s super simple: stand before the icon, cross yourself twice, kiss the icon on the lower corner, and then cross yourself again.

• Don’t venerate the icons while wearing lipstick tho because the last thing you want is a bright pink kiss mark on it😂

•Cross yourself and bow in the direction of the iconostasis (the beautiful screen of icons which connects the knave of the church to the sanctuary, where the altar and tabernacle are kept) before entering your pew! There may not be pews, if not that’s okay. Bow upon entering and exiting the church.

• Don’t genuflect or kneel. In the east kneeling is is viewed as an act of penance and sorrow. But Sunday is a little Easter, it is a joyous occasion! So rejoice!!!! Stand during the consecration and after receiving the Eucharist😁

• The whole liturgy is in song! Your church will most likely have a little book that contains all the prayers and hymns if you want to follow along! Even if you can’t find the book, there’s a few parts that are repeated a LOT! By the end of Liturgy you’ll be singing “Lord have mercy” like a pro

• Before the Homily, the priest may say “Glory to Jesus Christ” and you’ll respond by saying, “Glory to him forever.”

• Do receive the Eucharist! (As long as you’re properly disposed to receive of course. Any Catholic may receive the Eucharist at any Catholic Church, Roman or Eastern. But Catholics aren’t permitted to receive Eucharist from an Orthodox Church.) The Byzantine Church use leavened bread, not communion wafers. It’s cut into little sugar cube sizes and and mixed with the wine. The priest administers the Eucharist directly into your mouth with a spoon. You’ll walk up with your hands folded over your chest, tilt your head back, open your mouth (but don’t stick out your tongue), and the priest will give you the Eucharist. He may ask your name right before too.

• Don’t shut your mouth down on the spoon! Don’t stick your tongue out because the Body might fall. And if you’re not going to receive communion, don’t walk up for a blessing, just remain standing.

•Do venerate the cross! Anyone can do it, Catholic/Orthodox/Protestant whatever. It’s super easy. The priest will say the proper greeting for the Liturgical season, and you reply with the proper response. As of right now the priest would say something along the lines of “Christ is among us”, to which you would reply, “He is and ever shall be” (these change during Christmas and Easter though) After that you’ll kiss the cross and then kiss the priest’s hand that’s holding the base of the cross. We kiss the cross because it’s the instrument of our salvation and we kiss the priest’s hand because his hands have held the most holy Body and Blood of Jesus.

•Some parishes don’t do the hand kiss though, so you may want to double check.

•Do partake in the antidoron, just like venerating the cross anyone can do it! After you kiss the cross you’ll walk past an altar server carrying a bowl or a basket. It’s filled with bread. Blessed but not consecrated, so it’s not the Eucharist, just bread. Take it. Not the whole bowl though because rude, take one piece. If there’s extra they’ll pass it around and then you can get more if you’d like.

•Cross yourself as often as you’d like and whenever you feel it’s appropriate. There are a few parts where you bow but the priest will tell you “bow your heads to the lord” so you don’t need to worry about knowing when, and you can also just take queues from those around you! ☺️

• If you have an Eastern Christian friend, ask them to go with you. They can help answer any questions about why something is or how something should be done. If you don’t know anyone from the Church already, I would get there a little early and introduce yourself to the priest or deacon or just a friendly looking lay person. These are usually very small communities so if you introduce yourself to one person you’ll quickly become acquainted with just about everyone.

I know it sounds like a lot, but everyone there is going to be so kind and understanding, so don’t worry about doing everything _perfect_ Your primary concern should just be being there, and worshiping Christ and encountering him with all your senses. Like literally hearing, feeling, taste, touch, smell; It’s amazing. I wish I could go with you! There’s nothing I love more than bringing friends to Liturgy with me!

Asagao!Lev hates southern usa but he says southern colloquialisms all the time (see: “oh golly,” “oh my land”) but when he’s annoyed it gets a thousand times worse except he doesn’t have an accent at all so it’s just a super fast monotonous mumble “I swear to heavens that boy’s gonna drown in a rainstorm if he doesn’t quit running with the big dogs, that egg sucker thinks he’s slicker in a snake in a wagon rut and if he thinks I’m about to fall for his little kitten course he’s got less sense than a goose”

anonymous asked:

I remember when GOT7 were telling us to be prepared for one of them moving out since seven guys won't live together forever haha, I am upset about Youngjae moving out but I think it might be nice for him, I'm sure he will really love it, and since he's with his brother he will have a lot of fun <3

Hi dear, 

Yeah, I think Jinyoung also said in his recent interview where he mentioned about GOT7 was going to move to a new dorm. I know we all upset and honestly I’m upset too and it was like there’s a hole in my heart when I knew he’s going to move out from the dorm but as a fan we should be happy for him. It’s a big decision actually to decide to move out from the dorm especially now that they’re getting busier but I know Youngjae won’t be making that decision selfishly. I’m sure he did discuss with the members, his family, and the management before finally decided to move out and live with his brother. As I said, in the previous ask, it’s going to be a good way for him to be independent and at the same time having a family to live with. Youngjae is super close with his brother as they are both sharing the same passion for music and I think they can create lots of memories together before his brother will eventually start his own family and he can help Youngjae in his music too.  Also, I think it also helps us to prepare ourselves in the future when knowing that all GOT7 members will finally decide to live on their own. But don’t worry as I’m sure leaving separately with the other GOT7 members doesn’t mean they’re not going to be close anymore. Youngjae will always be there with them except during the sleeping time.   (◕‿◕)

Reporter learns why you shouldn't let random Aussies speak on live TV

Natural disasters and live rolling television coverage. What could go wrong?

Parts of the coast in Queensland, Australia were lashed by the powerful Cyclone Debbie on Tuesday, with residents hunkering down indoors.

SEE ALSO: Powerful Cyclone Debbie is not a typical storm

It’s a tad boring to sit around and play cards all day, so one resident from the town of Bowen decided to have a little fun with Channel 7 reporter, Paul Burt.

And we will warn you, things get a little explicit from here.

In case you missed it: “I’ve finally met Debbie. I’ve heard about Debbie doing other things, but now she’s giving Bowen a blowjob,” the man said, before turning away with a smirk, obviously referencing the 1978 porn film, Debbie Does Dallas.

Burt pulled the microphone away from the man — a little too late — and tried to explain what happened. 

“This is Bowen, people. You should see what’s written on the fence line around here,” he said. 

Channel 7 crew interviewing an older bloke in Bowen about the cyclone goes yeah Debbie is giving Bowen a blow job on national TV 😂😂😂😂😂

— We Are Essendon (@WeAreEssendon) March 28, 2017

#CycloneDebbie ‘we heard Debbie did other things but now she’s giving Bowen a blow job’ I love Nth Qld locals & live TV 😂

— Connie Baker (@baker_con) March 28, 2017

See people, this is why you don’t let random Australians speak on live television.

WATCH: This spinach leaf is actually a tiny, beating human heart

  • people: omg why are u taking pole dance classes? are you like, a slut or what??
  • me, an intellectual: who knows, one day i just might charm the love of my life with it and make them fall for me at a fancy banquet.
When King Regis calls (part 3)
  • Noctis: No I'm not answering this, after what you did before.
  • Ignis: But Noctis, King Regis would contact you only if it's a very important matter.
  • Gladio: Yeah, have some respect for the old man.
  • Prompto: Maybe he just misses you?
  • *everyone else in the room is giving him a dirty look*
  • Noctis: ... Fine.
  • Noctis: Hey da-
  • *Nyx chokes on his drink in the background*
  • *Aranea decided that it's her turn to make the weird sexual noises this time*
  • Noctis: I'll call you later.
  • Noctis:
  • Noctis: I'm going to ignore all of you for like five mins.

I’m sorry I didn’t love you enough.

Pixie the purple cat :) @dailycatdrawings for the kitten day~! :D