Thursday, September 24, 2009

Will the "Third Rome" Reunite With the "First Rome"?

Readers who have been interested in the recent meeting of Pope Benedixt XVI and Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev of the Russian Orthodox Church, may be interested in this report from Robert Moynihan: Will the "Third Rome" Reunite With the "First Rome"?

While the article is generally of interest, one section will no doubt rouse the attention of NLM readers; that which as it focuses on the specific subject of liturgy in East and West.

In that section, Archbishop Hilarion reflects: "I saw my destiny and main calling in serving the Divine Liturgy. Indeed, everything else, such as sermons, pastoral care and theological scholarship were centered around the main focal point of my life -- the liturgy."

The archbishop also comments on the typical parish liturgy of recent decades.

The article is worth reading.

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