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Italo - Albanian Byzantine Catholic Chruch
Transcript of Italo - Albanian Byzantine Catholic Chruch
Why "Italo" - "Albanian" Byzantine
is also referred to by the name
Italo-Greek Catholic Church
, which is derived from the
demonym for the
first two group of Greeks in Italy
, the original Italo-Greeks were gradually being Latinized but through an influx of Albanians of the Byzantine Rite, the church began to once again flourish.
As a result, it is referred to as
Italo-Albanian Catholic Church
or as the
Italo-Albanian Greek Catholic Church
. In these names,
refers to the
refer to the nationalities and languages used in the liturgy
, although Greek is the historical liturgical language.
- Eastern Catholic, Byzantine Rite
- Congregation for the Oriental Churches
- Southern Italy, Sicily
- June 2, 1784
- 82 priests, 5 deacons
Eparch of Lungro
Giorgio Demetrio Gallaro
Eparch of Piana degli Abanesi
Abbot Ordinary of Santa Maria di Grottaferrata
They practice Jerusalem liturgy (which is one of the oldest liturgy)
Every after the recitation of the Our Father, they raise the book of the sick and pray for them.
They have this program called children of the aer, where the children kiss the aer every Catechetical Sunday to profess their faith insted of saying “I Believe”
The left over bread or lamb becomes the antidoron
They have travelling icons, one for Saturday and one for Sunday. Those are the first icons since they started and it is blessed by Bishop George.
They have many icons in their churches because the icons serve a faith in painting.
Their churches are made of gold (not literally)
Every new year the people write down their sins in a dish or plate and smash it. After that ritual they eat together.
Every feast of Marcella, they write down their petitions in a scroll and roll it up and throw it to the fire in commemoration of the life of St. Marcella.
They possess seven holy sacraments, believe in the real presence of Christ during Holy Communion, practice the veneration of images and base the legitimacy of their respective faiths on direct linkages to Jesus’ contemporaries.
Both Catholics and Orthodox Christians believe that Jesus is physically present during the mass. When these Christians eat and drink bread and wine during the communion ceremony, they understand that what they imbibe is the real body and blood of Jesus.
Both churches hold Mary, the mother of Jesus, in high esteem, referred to as veneration. Showing reverence for the representation of religious saints is also a shared tradition. The Orthodox also honor icons such as paintings representing the image of Jesus, Mary, or saints.
The Pope, who heads the Roman Catholic Church, and the various patriarchs who comprise the Orthodox synod council, all base their authority on apostolic succession, or the passing of authority by Jesus to his followers upon his death. In fact, both groups claim their church the one and only Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Byzantine or Eastern Church spread in Northern Africa, Asia Minor (the area between Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea), and Middle East (Western Asia and Egypt). Roman Catholic, on the other hand greatly influenced people of Western Europe, and Northern and Western part of the Mediterranean region.
The Byzantine Church does not use Latin and do not follow Latin traditions. Patriarchs of Byzantine Church do not read Latin. On the other hand Greek language is not used by Catholic Church.
Byzantines use leavened bread during the Divine Liturgy (Common action) to symbolize the risen Christ. Roman Catholics, on the other hand use unleavened bread as used by Jesus in the Last Supper, during Divine Liturgy.
Byzantines held more theoretical view about Jesus. Though
. Byzantines are not allowed to receive Holy Communion in Roman Catholic Churches, and in the same way, Roman Catholics are forbidden to receive Holy Communion in Orthodox Churches.
the Highest Bishop is considered the highest authority by the Byzantines, he is not considered infallible and also he has no supreme authority over the Churches. On the other hand Roman Catholics consider Pope as infallible, the supreme authority of the sect and has supreme power over the Roman Catholic Churches.
Would you choose to transfer to the Eastern Church or stay?
- I'd chose to stay as a Roman Catholic because it still possesses the same practices in the Italo-Albanian Church. They have the Seven Sacraments, they believe in the presence of the Holy Communion and preaches Holy images and statues.
- I will stay in the Western Church because even if they are very closely related with the Eastern Church, it still has some differences and practices that I am not really familiar with. I want to stay in the Western Church because some of the practices that Jesus did while He is in the mission of preaching and teaching is being practiced by the members of the Western Church.
- No, I would rather stay in Roman Catholic Church because I grew up adapting the tradition of Roman Catholicism which had already transformed me into what am l am right now although our chosen Church is a combination of Roman and Eastern Catholic Churches it was originated in Sicily, Italy where there is different tradition and culture.
- In my whole 17 years of existence, I was brought up to become a faithful roman catholic. If i were given the chance to choose whether I'd stay in my western church community or transfer to an eastern church community, I would still choose to stay in the western church community. The reason is that I feel very happy and contented with what my church does for me and how it offers service towards others; and for that, i wouldn't want to change a thing.
- If I were to choose whether stay on my own religion or transfer to another. I prefer to stay up on my own roman catholic religion, because it does not depend on what kind of religion you were in. but by the way on how you act in everyday situation. i know that there is people who are more better than the others who always go to church but when they go outside they just rumor about someone or something. so I am not going to change my religion.
even if I don't go to church, I can still talk to God. because the important is your sincerity in talking to god, not the image of being holy just on the outside, but also in the inside.
- I would choose to stay in being a Roman Catholic because this is the religion that I've grew up with. "Mahirap baguhin ang nakasanayan na" And I am already satisfied with what God gave me.
- I was born and raised as a Catholic, If I was given a chance to join the Eastern church I will decline. I was fortunate enough to study CCD when I was in high school even if I lived in Riyadh that time and I think that with the knowledge and faith that I have now with my religion, I won't trade it with another one even if they have similarities.