Articles tagged: Eastern Catholic

Islam as a Christian Heresy: 8 Quotes from St. John Damascene A.D. 749


SPL Staff • September 23rd, 2013

Listers in one of the earliest polemics against Islam, the "superstition of the Ishmaelites" was viewed as a heresy of Christianity. In his  work The Fount of Knowledge, St. John Damascene (c. 675 or 676 – 4 December 749) gifts the Church with one of the earliest summa theologicas. He is... Read More →

8 Odes in Honor of the Dormition of the Mother of God

History Theology

SPL Staff • August 15th, 2013

Listers, while the West celebrates the Feast of Our Lady, the Assumption, our brethren in the East celebrate with us under a different name. Known in the Byzantine theological and liturgical tradition as the Dormition (in Greek, the kimesis, or "falling asleep"), this feast commemorates the death... Read More →

In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope


SPL Staff • February 21st, 2013

Listers, glory and honor to God for giving us the grace of the papacy. The Pope is the "Advocate of Christian Memory" and he holds the King's people to the King's laws until our Savior returns. Each year on February 22nd the Church celebrates the Cathedra Petri - the Chair of St. Peter. This... Read More →

In Defense of Holy Images: 8 Pearls of Wisdom from St. John Damascene

History Theology

SPL Staff • February 20th, 2013

Listers, in the Eastern churches, the First Sunday of the Great Fast celebrates the triumph of holy images. It commemorates the end of two separate periods of iconoclasm, which took place within the space a nearly hundred years. During the iconoclastic period of Byzantine history, images of... Read More →

Preparing for Lent: 9 Liturgical Gems from the Byzantine East


SPL Staff • February 6th, 2013

Listers, the season of Lent is fast approaching. Our brethren in the East call the period of Lent the "Great Fast," or alternatively, "Great Lent." It is the most important of the four fasting seasons in the Eastern churches, since it is the preparation for the feast of feasts, namely Pascha, or... Read More →

Rome is the Apostolic Throne: 24 Quotes from Alexandria, Antioch, and Cyprus


SPL Staff • January 30th, 2013

Listers, in cataloguing the quotes from Alexandria, Antioch, and Cyprus we conclude our theme of Early Eastern Church Fathers that supported the Petrine Ministry. Though these quotes have been posted in several places, SPL would like to again give credit to the quality Catholic resource... Read More →

Constantinople: 25 Quotes from the Eastern Fathers on the Petrine Ministry


SPL Staff • January 25th, 2013

Listers, St. Peter is the Prince of the Apostles and our First Pope. SPL has reproduced a portion of a popular article that has been shared on many Catholic sites – though we think it originated with Fisheaters - cataloguing the Eastern Fathers of the Church and their statements on St. Peter and... Read More →

Fear Not Little Flock: "All 12 Texts from the Holy Father''s Apostolic Journey to Lebanon


SPL Staff • September 17th, 2012

Apostolic Journey to Lebanon (14-16 September 2012) On the occasion of the signing and publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops. All quotes are by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI unless otherwise cited.   1.... Read More →

Pre-Cana with St. John Chrysostom: 7 Tips to a Successful Marriage

Life & Leisure Theology

SPL Staff • September 10th, 2012

**Listers, next to converting to Catholicism, the second best choice of my life was marrying my husband. ** Before I converted and before I met my husband, I did not believe that marriage was a sacrament. Not recognizing this great mysterious gift as one of the major sources of grace caused me to... Read More →

6 Things You Should Know about the Melkite Catholic Church

History Theology

SPL Staff • September 7th, 2012

Listers: as you know, the universal Catholic Church is comprised of 23 sui iuris (self-governing) ritual Churches united by their communion with each other and with the See of Rome. Though the Roman Church is the largest, the 22 Eastern Churches play a significant and necessary role in the... Read More →

Splendour of the East: 5 Byzantine Hymns All Catholics Should Know

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • August 19th, 2012

1. Axion Estin (It Is Truly Meet) It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos, ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim. Without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word. ... Read More →

24 Points from His Beatitude Patriarch Gregory III on the Crisis in Syria (2012)


SPL Staff • July 25th, 2012

Listers, the crisis in Syria has escalated to a civil war standards and has claimed the lives of thousands. Amongst those most marginalized by the conflict are our Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters. The spiritual leader for many of those Catholics is His Beatitude Patriarch Gregory III... Read More →

5 Questions About the Eastern Catholic Churches

History Theology

SPL Staff • November 4th, 2011

Listers, let us consider the simple but much needed work of Deacon Ed Faulk **: ****101 Questions and Answers on Eastern Catholic Churches****. Deacon Faulk has dual faculties: Roman Catholic a****nd Melkite-Greek Catholic, and has produced a wondrous primer to understanding our Eastern... Read More →
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