Liturgical Sharing, Catholic/Orthodox

Recently, an ordained friend who shepherds an Orthodox parish in the Upper Midwest wrote to ask me and some other friends for our opinions on concelebrating an “Akathist” (a non-Eucharistic prayer service consisting mostly of elaborate hymnography devoted to the Mother of God or a saint with elements from the Byzantine Liturgy of the Hours) with a Roman Catholic priest and parishioners from his church.

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Although pilgrimages are not per se liturgical exercises, it seems to me that they are related to liturgical spirituality. The Book of Blessings has a rite of blessing for pilgrims. Yet even more fundamentally, the liturgy as a whole is about blessing pilgrims on their journey — from the moment of their call to faith until the day they reach journey’s end.

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