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Hello! I hope you are all busy being Blessed with a pensive Good Friday.
Several weeks ago I started visiting the local Italo-Greek Byzantine Catholic Church. Of course it goes without saying, how beautiful and overwhelming (in a good way) every visit has been. However, I have so many questions about seemingly everything...Why thIs? What's that? What does it mean? Etc. I've searched online yet can't find anything. Does anyone know of a resource that might be all encompassing (a book or website perhaps) that might satiate the Title of this post?
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Christ is in our midst!!

Welcome to the forum. We hope your time here is beneficial.

Have you ever considered asking the priest at this parish for some time so that you could ask questions? Other than that, there are many members here who may be able to help.

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Thanks Bob. It would be wonderful to sit down with the priest but, it's kind of a really busy time. wink A beginners guide/manual would be so helpful...maybe it's something I should consider penning, as I learn. I'll keep perusing threads.

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Christ is in our midst!!

I didn't mean tomorrow. Things will slow down in a few months and you may be surprised at the time tha tis offered to you. In the meantime, may I suggest you write down a few questions you have so your session will be very fruitful.

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Sure will, Bob! Thanks again.

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Welcome to the forum. Hopefully, you'll find a lot of information here that will help you get acclimated to the Divine Liturgy and other aspects of the Eastern Churches.

Bob's idea of drafting those questions, so that you can have them at your fingertips when you get an opportunity to sit down with your priest, is an excellent idea.

Deacon Lance's links are to a wonderful selection of materials, all of which are available as pdfs (I have to admit that, despite them being made available by my own eparchy, I wasn't aware of the scope that they covered - hadn't looked at the site for some time). Don't be afraid to delve into those, despite that they are being offered by the Melkite Eparchy and you're attending an Italo-Greek parish belonging to a Ruthenian eparchy biggrin - the spirituality of the Byzantine Rite is pervasive across Particular Church lines and I feel certain that you'll find answers in them to many of your questions, despite some slight textual differences here and there.

Many years,

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