I am proud to be a member of Holy Angels Ruthenian Greek Catholic parish in San Diego, Ca. We are a parish in the Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Eparchy of Phoenix .Our God living Bishop is His Grace Gerald. Our parish priest is Fr. Robert Pitpa. We are a growing parish with an active Byzanteens and Young Adults Group. Sunday Divine Liturgy is at 9am and all are welcome to join us in worshiping the Triune God in the Divine Liturgy.
The Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church in America has received a lot of negativity for the use of the Revised Divine Liturgy (the RDL). As I mentioned in an earlier post the RDL has been a dividing point in our Church. I am for one am neutral in this discussion and I trust myself to God’s providence, and the direction of my Fathers in Christ, that a solution will come that witnesses to unity and the Ruthenian Recession.
Yet, I find my parish to be restoring many of our authentic Orthodox Traditions. Our parish has restored Vespers instead of vigil Divine Liturgy (which was a copy of the modern day Latin practice). Matins is prayed during the week and on most Sundays. The full Orthodox fast is encouraged by our priest, All-night Vigils have been introduced, we pray Compline during fasting seasons, we are reading and studying Orthodox Saints and Theologians (pre and post schism). Our parish is one of the only Ruthenian parishes to not use pre-cut particles for the Divine Liturgy. We have worked with Project Mexico, an Orthodox outreach in Mexico and we hope to continue to work with them.
Why am I saying this about my spiritual home. As I read more and more negativity about our Ruthenian Church over the RDL, I wanted to share some positives things happening in the life of our Church. A good friend of mine and fellow parish member has posted some videos from our Church and I present the singing of the prayer of Litija for Vespers of the Transfiguration.