The Eritrean Catholic Rite: Hybridity and Authenticity

I began studying Eritrean Christianity in 2003 by praying with and learning from Eritrean Orthodox Christians in San Diego at the beginning of my doctoral studies in cultural anthropology which subsequently lead to my fieldwork in Eritrea in 2005. Although it had been my intention to primarily gather more information about the Eritrean Orthodox liturgy while continuing my Tigrinya language studies I ended up spending most of my time with and learning from the Eritrean Catholic community.

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A Little Bit on Eucharistic Reservation

Among many (though not all) Anglicans and a growing number of Lutherans, Eucharistic reservation for the sick and others who are absent from the liturgy is coming back into favor… I call your attention to a post on Daniel Mitsui’s blog The Lion and the Cardinal with some fascinating images of Eucharistic Doves — hanging dove-shaped pyxes for reserving the Sacrament.

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