Thursday, September 15, 2011

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The royal banners forward go;
The Cross shines forth in
mystic glow;
Where he in flesh, our
flesh who made,
Our sentence bore, our
ransom paid.

O God, who makes us glad this day by the yearly solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: grant, we beseech Thee, that we who on earth have learned the mystery of our redemption, may be found worthy of its rewards in heaven. Through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end.

After a great of deal of soul-searching and probably a good bit of over-analysis on my part, I have returned as the prodigal son to the Antiochian Archdiocese and the Western Rite. The year away was very education and I got to know a lot (though far from all) of the area Orthodox parishes and experience several different jurisdictions. I also benefited from the vast catechesis of the Eastern Rite's services, which all Orthodox people should know, regardless of what rite they worship in. On the other hand, I really do encourage you Eastern Rite folk to try out the Western Rite if it is possible, just for a Sunday. I think even if you have doubts, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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