Angels Build Bridges

Editor | June 11, 2018

The 15th annual Women’s Day of Reflection was held May 5 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall, Pa.

This year’s theme — “Angels Build Bridges” — was discussed through three presentationsd to help women grow in their spirutuality.

The event, sponsored by the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchial Office of Religious Education, also included a luncheon, vendors and a bountiful basket auction with proceeds donated to local women’s shelters.

The day’s speakers included: Samantha Scholl, 26, who works as a unit secretary and patient care technician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Mercy Hospital. A member of TRIO (Transplant Recipients International organization), she has received two heart transplants and a kidney transplant.

Three local Penn State University women were part of an eight-member team of engineering students from the Penn State University Chapter of Bridges to Continue reading

The Place of the Presence of God

Editor | June 11, 2018

Archbishop Alexander Golitzin speaks at Seminary Lecture His Eminence Alexander [Golitzin], Archbishop of Dallas, the South, and the Bulgarian Diocese and a popular speaker and gifted teacher, was the keynote speaker at the 18th annual SS. Cyril and Methodius Lecture … Continue reading

A six-year “blessing”

Editor | June 12, 2018

A Journey Ends At The Seminary In an amazing narrative of an accomplished wife, mother and career nurse, Helenanne Hochendoner told the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club about the most recent chapter or her life at their April 18 meeting. She … Continue reading

Class of ‘18

Editor | June 11, 2018

Degree Conferred May 17 to Joshua Van Winkle Following a Moleben prayer service in honor of SS. Cyril and Methodius, patrons of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Archbishop William Skurla conferred a diploma upon Joshua Van Winkle as a Magna Cum … Continue reading

Not-so-happy camper

David Mayernik Jr. | June 11, 2018

I’ve never been the outdoors type. To me, “ r o u g h i n g it” equates to having to wait an extra 10 seconds for the On Demand selection to load on my television. The one time … Continue reading

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THE TRADITIONAL BYZANTINE CELEBRATION of the FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

“Christ is born, glorify him! Christ came from heaven, welcome Him! Christ is on earth, exult! Sing to the Lord all the earth, Joyfully praise Him all you nations, For He has become glorious!”

With these inspiring words, Saint Gregory of Nazianz (d. 390) began his famous sermon On the Nativity, which was later incorporated into the Canon of the Nativity by St. Cosmas of Maiuma (d. 760) . We can also trace the origin of our traditional Christmas greeting: Christ is born! Glorify Him! to th is source. Throughout the preNativity period, which in our rite begins on November 21 st, we are given a glimpse of the mystery of the Incarnation as these words solemnly resound in our churches. By them we are also invited to be joyful and to exult as we welcome into our midst Emmanuel, God with us, at Christmas time. Continue reading