O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A 23rd Eastern Catholic Church has been created: the Eritrean Catholic Church

Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Joseph in Asmara.

This morning Pope Francis approved the granting of autonomy to the eparchies of the Ethiopian Catholic Church in Eritrea, thus recognizing the Eritrean Catholic Church as a self-governing Oriental Catholic Church. This brings the number of particular Catholic Churches in the Alexandrian Tradition to three, with the Ethiopian Catholic and Coptic Catholic Churches; the number of Oriental Catholic Churches (i.e. those of the Alexandrian and Antiochean Traditions) to nine; and the overall number of Eastern and Oriental Catholic Churches to 23.

The Eritrean Catholic Church (like it's parent Church in Ethiopia) has Metropolitan status, with the Metropolis centered in Asmara and eparchies in Barentu, Keren, Segheneity. These four eparchies were formerly a part of the Ethiopian Church under the Metropolitan of Addis Abeba. Now the Eparch of Asmara has been promoted to Metropolitan, having in his metropolis the other three eparchies in Eritrea, with all this gaining the approval of Rome this morning. 

Mnohaya i blahaya lita! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Incarnation and Suffering

We are celebrating Christ's revelation of Himself as God and man. Today on the Julian Calendar it is the Feast of the Nativity and on the Gregorian Calendar yesterday was the Feast of the Theophany.

In becoming man, Christ did not degrade Himself to the level of man, rather His humanity was taken up into the Life of the Trinity. He took humanity upon Himself, not to lower Himself, but to elevate humanity. That is why Christ suffered and died: His humanity was taken up into the Self-sacrificial life He lives with the Father in Divine Love. His humanity had to die on the cross because it lived in the Sacrificial Life of the Trinity. It is a sacrifice to raise us up to the Life of the Trinity for which we were created by removing our sins from us. We are called to live a life of self-sacrifice for God's sake-to the point of martyrdom if need be-because we were created to live in the Life of the Trinity-not lives of emotional or physical pleasure. So let us rejoice because God is the Lord and has appeared to us! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! З нами Бог! God is with us!