Sunday, November 03, 2013

Byzantine Divine Liturgy at Wyoming Catholic College

Bishop Nowakowski preaching the homily

This past weekend, students, faculty, and staff of Wyoming Catholic College had the great privilege and joy of welcoming the Most Reverend Ken Nowakowski, Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster. Bishop Nowakowski was invited as a guest lecturer to share with the college community his wealth of experience as a pastor both in the Old World and in the New World and to speak about the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s worldwide pastoral plan “Vision 2020: The Vibrant Parish.”

More immediately pertinent to readers of NLM, Bishop Nowakowski celebrated the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom on Friday, November 1st. For the benefit of the Roman Catholics who made up most of the congregation, Bishop Nowakowski had chosen beforehand the proper chants and readings for the Byzantine Feast of All Saints.

The singing was led by the Wyoming Catholic College Choir, 40 students strong, which sang mostly the festal Galician settings in three-part harmony. For communion, the Choir sang Arvo Pärt’s setting of Psalm 117 (116) in Church Slavonic, as well as other traditional Eastern hymns.

Nearly all students and employees and their families were present at this magnificent liturgy, whose beauty and prayerfulness once again reminded everyone present of the immense riches our Lord Jesus Christ has poured into the Eastern churches. In its theology curriculum and spirituality, Wyoming Catholic College has always striven to “breathe with both lungs,” but a visit from a Ukrainian Catholic bishop was a particularly glorious opportunity for us to do so.

At the start of the Liturgy

At the Creed

The Gifts Offered

The Anaphora


Final Blessing
All photos are courtesy of Rob Bolin.

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