The Byzantine Catholic Orthodox Church reflects the traditions of the many diverse
communities it serves via its Liturgical Rites, culture, language, art and music.
Under the patronage of Russian Orthodox Church and Saint Aftimios, the Church in
America was established and incorporated on the basis of an excellent Constitution,
designed to bring true unity to American Orthodoxy.
We are an active community, loving each other as members of God's holy family. We
belong to Christ and one another. Because of this great love we have for God, we come
together and join in worship, celebrating the risen Christ among us with joy and
In the Byzantine Western (Occidental) tradition we are exposed to experience all of our
senses in worship. We see icons, vestments, candles; we smell incense; we hear continual
singing; we taste blessed foods and we use physical gestures such as bowing, prostrating
and crossing ourselves to express our wonder at the glory of God.
Our love for the risen Christ expresses itself in the community in the joy in each other's
company, so we find the time to share frequent meals and social times. We open ourselves
to support one another in the trials of daily life. As a community we live one day at a time
in the unity with the Holy Trinity and a constant approach for our spiritual nourishment
the Holy Eucharist.
The Western (Occidental) Byzantines also stress a personal spiritual life "in secret, so that
the Father, who sees all in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:6). Greatest of these is
personal prayer in the silence of our own hearts, where we can speak honestly with God.
We call to the Most High (Blessed be His Name) in the prayer that our Lord taught us to
pray 'Thee Our Father,' which sums up our constant need of the love of God.
In addition, Byzantine Christians are called to fast and to search within in secret as Jesus
commanded (Matthew 6:1-8). By refusing to answer immediately to all of our " earthly "
desires, we express our need to continue our daily conversion by subjecting our
weaknesses to the Power of the Holy Spirit that will work within us in order for us to
unify with the Holy One. The most difficult obstacle to our growth is the weakness and
brokenness of our personalities. This is why the Byzantine churches call on their members
to engage in "Spiritual Warfare" in the arena of their hearts and minds, with the help a
Spiritual director (Priest, Deacon, Deaconess or Elder) in order to provide them advice and
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