Monday, May 04, 2009
Pray in Rome, in Greek...
They will tell you that the Novus Ordo Missae is how early Christians prayed in the first years. However, if you really want to see how things were first done just take the time to visit this (or any other) Greek rite parish. It will change your life.
This is Rome's wonderful San Atanasio dei Greci (St. Athanasius of the Greeks) founded in 1583 by Pope Gregory XIII, located on Rome's fashionable Via del Babuino (near the Spanish Steps). Divine Liturgy is sung here every Sunday at 11 a.m. It is a magnificent experience.
If you're ever in Rome on a May 1st be sure to attend sung vespers here and the reception afterwards in honor of St. Athanasius, whose feast day is May 2nd.