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Beautiful photos – celebration of Pentecost in Russian Orthodox Church May 25, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.

Contrary to what some may think, I’m a big proponent of ecumenism.  That is, ecumenism as Cardinal Levada recently described it, with the goal of the reunion of all separated churches and sects into the One Church Christ established.  If we continue to pray for the goal of Christian reunion, Pope Benedict XVI may soon meet with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, in talks which may point the way towards reunion at some future date.   There have been many signs lately of the two great apostolic churches coming together. 

And, being one very attracted to Christian Tradition and the maintenance of same, I have a great respect for our separated Orthodox brethren, and pray daily for our reunion with these good Eastern churches.  The website of the Moscow Patriarchate posted photos of their celebration of Pentecost recently.  I think many Catholics could learn something from the august majesty of the Orthodox church (its physical nature), as well as from the obvious reverence in which the celebration was conducted:

I am friends with a young man named Mark Tamisea who will be sallying forth to seminary for the Archdiocese of New York soon.  He almost went with SOLT, but opted for New York instead.  Anyway, Mark has spent some time in Russia, and has remarked on how my daughter Juliette looks like the Russian girls when she wears a veil wrapped around her head.  So, this picture is for Juliette:

That’s exactly how Juliette wears her veil!

h/t New Liturgical Movement

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