Albanian Greek-Catholic Church

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Albanian Greek-Catholic Church

Rite: Byzantine

Tradition: Byzantine-Greek

Rescension: Greek

Liturgical Form: Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Liturgical Languages: Albanian & Greek

The Albanian Greek-Catholic Church (not to be confused with the Byzantine Italo-Greico-Albanian Church) is a Church sui iuris of Eparchial status, but is formally sine episcopi (without hierarchy) at this time.

The Church was instituted in 1660, when a group of Albanian Orthodox faithful, led by their hierarch, entered communion with Rome. In 1692, the Archeparchy of Durres of the Byzantine Albanians was established, but was canonically suppressed in 1816 on the death of Archbishop Giuseppe Ageluni, OSBM, of blessed memory. The remaining mission became dormant within a quarter century thereafter, due to Turkish intervention.

An effort to erect a canonical jurisdiction in 1895, after another group of Albanian Orthodox entered communion with Rome, failed because of objections posed by the civil authorities.

The present-day Church is ordinarily dated from 1900, when an Albanian Orthodox archimandrite, Father George Germanos, of blessed memory, was received into communion , together with his congregation. Four decades later, in 1939, an Apostolic Administration was finally established. However, in 1945, it was civilly suppressed by the Communist government, a situation that persisted until late in the twentieth century.

The jurisdiction was reconstituted in 1996 and, presently, the Church is canonically organized under it, styled as the Apostolic Administration for Southern Albania (Albania Meridionale).

The Church has no organized presence in the diaspora; all Albanian parishes outside the country are national parishes serving according to the Latin Rite. 


A photograph of the Servant of God Papa Josef Mihali accompanies the link to listings for this Church.

Papa Joseph, a priest of the Apostolic Administration, was arrested by the Communists in 1948 for the crime of conducting religious services and refused demands to renounce his Church. On 26 October 1948, after suffering beating and torture, he was martyred in odium fidei  by being submerged, alive, in the swamp adjacent to the extermination camp at Maliq, Kosce, Albania.

His Cause for Beatification is presently before the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints, together with those of 39 other martyred Latin and Byzantine Catholic Albanian clergy, religious, and laity.


Icon: The Miraculous Icon Zoje e Shkodres, Our Lady of Shkodra, Patroness of Albania, venerated in the West as Our Lady of Good Counsel


Albania

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All Albanian Greek-Catholic parishes and missions in Albania
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Metro Area: Elbasan (ALBANIA)
Holy Virgin Mary Albanian Greek-Catholic Church
Status: UNSERVED COMMUNITY
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Metro Area: Vlore (ALBANIA)
Albanian Greek-Catholic Pro-Cathedral of St Mary & St Louis
Status: ACTIVE CATHEDRAL
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Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

(The Feast of the Encounter is February 2nd - the 40th Day of Christmas)

Random Proverb

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

'Wine makes glad the heart of man' (Ps. 104:15). But you who have professed sorrow and grief should turn away from such gladness and rejoice in spiritual gifts. If you rejoice in wine, you will live with shameful thoughts and distress will overwhelm you.

St. Theodore of Edessa