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Byzantine/Latin Monastery #118696 05/31/03 11:56 AM
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Here's an interesting site for a monastery in Belgium that has a Latin church and Byzantine church. Here's a excerpt from their site.

"The monastery of Chevetogne (Belgium), located half-way between Brussels and
Luxembourg, is a monastic Benedictine community dedicated to Christian
unity. Here monks from various country celebrate the liturgy in their two
churches, a Latin and a Byzantine one. In their guest house they receive
people who want to share their prayer. Since 1926 they publish a journal
(Irénikon) devoted to the reconciliation of the Churches. They offer Audio
CD of Slavonic liturgical chant, icons in bronze and books."

http://www.monasterechevetogne.com/index.html

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They have some wonderful recordings of monastic chant generally in Kyivan/Obikhod melodies.

This monastery was the vision of Dom Lambert Beaudoin who was a confrere of St. Andrey Sheptytsky.

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What a beautiful idea! It gives you hope just to hear that place like that exsists.

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Don't you think it might be a little dangerous to have your feet in both churches. I mean this only as a person in immense state of confusion and transition in passing from the West to the East. Yes, it is in the end the same Faith, but at times the expression of the Faith can be radically different, and for me sometimes it drives me bananas! There should definitely be a dialogue and participation in each others' spiritual and liturgical lives, but I feel some distance should still be kept.

Yours in Christ,
Arturo

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Here is a quote from the site:

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The monks of Chevetogne are organized in two liturgical groups that celebrate simultaneously according to the Latin and the Byzantine rites. Sometimes they come together for joint celebration in one of the two rites. In doing so they hope to give a prophetic sign of the unity of the Church, which extends from East to West.
I think this is a beautiful expression of faith as well of unity, even though they are two very different traditions. Seems like Heaven to me. smile

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This is indeed beautiful. Is the Byzantine Church, BCC? If so, that is good. If it is Orthodox, not in communion yet with Rome, that is even more beautiful.

Dan Lauffer

Re: Byzantine/Latin Monastery #118702 06/15/03 11:01 PM
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The Byzantine chapel is a sort of autonomous Russian Catholic chapel, and since there is no Russian Catholic hierarch currently, is subject to the local Latin bishop who has never interferred with the community and to the contrary has greatly supported their work.

The Rule of St. Benedict is strictly a collection of statutes for monastic life and is not specific as to the liturgical life of the monastery, and thus could be used in any liturgical tradition.

Their Kyivan/Obikhod chant in Church Slavonic is excellent and even some Orthodox have studied with them. They also publish many excellent books and journals there including Irenikon which is an exceptional academic journal dealing with Eastern Christian matters. They undertook the translation of some of Lev Gillet's works. Fr. Lev Gillet, along with Metropolitan Sheptytsky, were primary inspirations for Dom Lambert's creation of the monastery of Chevtogne.

If you want a very good CD of a typical Saturday Night Vespers with Kyivan/Obikhod chant I highly recommend their "Russische Klostervesper" which starts off with a nice semadron rap. It is distributed by Koch/Schwann and believe it or not I found one at the local Barnes and Noble.

It was Dom Lambert's vision to show with two liturgical traditions living in one monastic community that monasticism is a common foundation of the universal Church with the monastery at Chevtogne, which first began at Amay.

It's interesting that the fresco in the Latin church, only recently completed in the mid 1990s, was the work of Archimandrite Zenon from Pskov.

Also, there is an address from Ecumenical Patriarch +Bartolomeos about Dom Lambert which was given at Chevtogne at the Patriarchate's website, http://www.patriarchate.org/SPEECHES/1994/Belgium_address.html

The late Father Alexander Schmemann also considered Dom Lambert and his work at Chevtogne to be an inspiration to him as well.

Dom Lambert was one of the greatest proponents of moving worship and liturgy into parishes from the monasteries, including parish celebrations of the Divine Office.

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For more of the EXCELLENT recordings from Chevetogne in the Russian tradition, try:


http://www.store.yahoo.com/conciliarpress/cdsfrommonof.html


This monastery is truly a Light to the world!


Brian Seraphim

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Dear Friends,

Chevetogne is also a realization of a heartfelt dream of Met. Andrew Sheptytsky's who actually wanted an ecumenical monastery with both Catholic and Orthodox monastics.

St Benedict's Rule is an ingenious and balanced way of life that can be lived by both monastics of all Churches and laity too.

I respectfully disagree with Arturo - distance is helpful only in intellectual terms here!

The fact that East and West are radically different means that we need to respect each other's differences, learn about them and from each other in the Life in Christ.

Alex


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