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Out of the East: The Architecture of Byzantium
MICHAEL S. ROSE
Constantine's new capital, built on the remains of the ancient Greek city-state called Byzantium, is important to understanding Byzantine architecture.

Eastern Orthodoxy
FATHER JOHN A. HARDON, S.J
In modern parlance, the Orthodox are those Christians who separated from Rome in the eleventh century through the great Eastern Schism, and whose distinctive liturgical feature is the Byzantine rite and doctrinal basis the acceptance of the first seven ecumenical councils, up to the second Council of Nicea in 787.

The Other Catholics: A Short Guide to the Eastern Catholic Churches
KEVIN R. YURKUS
As millions watched the funeral for Pope John Paul II, many were confused by the concluding Panakhyda celebrated not in Latin, but in Greek and Arabic by hierarchs in black hoods, turbans, crowns, and unusual vestments. Was this not the responsibility of the cardinals? And were those clerics even Catholic?

Prayer, Our Constant Occupation
FATHER ANDRE LOUR, OCSO
Little by little we must advance on the road to prayer.

Germanus of Constantinople - Defender of Holy Images
POPE BENEDICT XVI
During his general audience this morning Benedict XVI dedicated his catechesis to St. Germanus of Constantinople, who "played an important role in the complex history of the battle for images during the so-called iconoclastic crisis, and was able to resist the pressure of an iconoclastic emperor, ... Leo III.

What Are the Eastern Rites?
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
The Second Vatican Council's Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches emphasized, "The Catholic Church values highly the institutions of the Eastern Churches, their liturgical rites, ecclesiastical traditions and their ordering of Christian life. For in those churches, which are distinguished by their venerable antiquity, there is clearly evident the tradition which has come from the Apostles through the Fathers and which is part of the divinely revealed, undivided heritage of the Universal Church" (No. 1).

The Eastern Rite Church
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
As are many Latin Rite Catholics, I am a bit ignorant about the Eastern Rite Church. What is the differences between the rites? Can Latin Rite Catholics fulfill their Sunday obligation by attending an Eastern Rite Mass? Can Latin Rite Catholics receive Holy Communion in an Eastern Rite Catholic Mass? Is the Eastern Rite Catholic Church the same as the Orthodox church?

Theophilus
FATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER
Theophilus, which is Greek for "Friend of God," is not a common name today, although it was one of Mozart's baptismal names.

I wish to disappear
FATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER
This is true of all Christians.

Paying the piper
FATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER
"He who pays the piper calls the tune" is a saying based on the Scottish custom of having the lord of the manor choose the music for which he was paying. 

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