Belarusian Greek-Catholic Church


Belarusian Greek-Catholic Church

Rite: Byzantine

Tradition: Byzantine-Slav

Rescension: Great Russian

Liturgical Form: Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Liturgical Languages: Belarusian

The Belarusian Greek-Catholic Church is a Church sui iuris of Eparchial rank, but has been sine episcopi (without hierarchy) since 1986 when Bishop Vladimir Tarasevich, OSB, of blessed memory, reposed in exile in the US.
 
The Church was formed at the 1595 Union of Brest, but was civilly suppressed after the Synod of Polotsk in 1839. It was a full century thereafter before it was reconstituted by the Servant of God Metropolitan Andrei Sheptyptsky, of blessed memory. In 1939, relying on his extraordinary authority, the Metropolitan appointed the Servant of God Father Antoni Niemancewicz, SJ, as Archepiscopal Exarch for Greek-Catholic Belarusians.
 
Father Antoni likely never had the opportunity to exercise his office, as he was arrested by the Nazis shortly thereafter and transported to a concentration camp. He was martyred in odium fidei in 1943. Subsequently, the Church was without canonical leadership until the episcopal ordination of Bishop Czeslaw Sipowicz, MIC, who would serve as Apostolic Visitator for Belarusian Greek-Catholics Outside Belarus.
 
Presently, the ranking prelate of the Church is titled Apostolic Visitator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis for Greek-Catholics in Belarus. The position is without ordinary jurisdiction and the Church's parishes and missions are alieni iuris, under the law of another; that is, they are canonically subject to the local Latin Ordinaries within whose geographic jurisdictions each resides.
 
The Church currently has an organized presence in both the United Kingdom, where the Apostolic Visitator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis for Greek-Catholics Outside Belarus resides, and Belgium.
A photograph of the Servant of God, Father Archimandrite & Exarch Fabian Abrantovich, MIC, accompanies the link to listings for this Church. A native of Belarus, he was appointed Apostolic Exarch of Harbin in Manchuria for the Byzantine Russian Catholics in 1928. 

In 1939, while returning to Harbin from a mission to Rome and Belarus, he was seized and arrested at the Russian-German border. Subsequently imprisoned by the NKVD in Lviv and Mogilev, he was tortured and repeatedly beaten. On 2 January 1946, Father Archimandrite Fabian was martyred in odium fidei at Butyrka prison in Moscow. His Cause for Beatification is in process.

Icon: Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God of Budslav

Belarus

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Belgium

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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United States

United States

All Belarusian Greek-Catholic parishes and missions in the US, by state
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Metro Area: Chicago (IL)
Christ the Redeemer Belarusian Greek-Catholic Church of the Byzantine-Slavonic Rite
Historical Entry: Canonically Suppressed
Status: HISTORICAL ENTRY ONLY
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Metro Area: London (ENGLAND)
Ss Peter & Paul Belarusian Greek-Catholic Chapel
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Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even a pious person is not immune to spiritual sickness if he does not have a wise guide -- either a living person or a spiritual writer. This sickness is called _prelest_, or spiritual delusion, imagining oneself to be near to God and to the realm of the divine and supernatural. Even zealous ascetics in monasteries are sometimes subject to this delusion, but of course, laymen who are zealous in external struggles (podvigi) undergo it much more frequently. Surpassing their acquaintances in struggles of prayer and fasting, they imagine that they are seers of divine visions, or at least of dreams inspired by grace. In every event of their lives, they see special intentional directions from God or their guardian angel. And then they start imagining that they are God's elect, and often try to foretell the future. The Holy Fathers armed themselves against nothing so fiercely as against this sickness -- prelest.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky