Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Recording of the Byzantine Liturgy with Commentary by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Here is an interesting item newly posted to the YouTube channel of the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, a recording of a Byzantine Liturgy, with commentary on the different parts by the Venerable Bishop Fulton J Sheen. The liturgy was recorded during a national convention of the Melkite Greek-Catholic Church in Birmingham Alabama in 1958; the celebrant, Fr Joseph Raya, later a bishop, was a well-known advocate of the use of the verncaular in the liturgy, although not, as far as I have been able to ascertain, of the kinds of radical changes to the texts and rites that the Roman Catholic Mass would suffer in the post-Conciliar reform.

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