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Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center

Jesus Christ the TeacherMelkites are Catholics

The Melkite Greek Catholic Religion and the Roman Latin Catholic Religion are the same religion. There are about 22 Catholic Churches in a federation under the "Pope".
The Catholic Churches are different in their implementation of the same religion. The Catholic Churches are different in their spirituality, advanced theology, liturgical services, liturgical calendar, saints, rules, regulations, customs, history, languages, etc.

Theology

ALL Catholics accept the definitions, creeds, cannon laws, etc. of the first seven Ecumenical Councils.
The early Catholic Church held seven Ecumenical Councils under the inspiration of the Holy God the Holy Spirit. These seven Ecumenical Councils are the seven great meetings that were called to give expression to the basic faith of the Catholic Church. The first seven Ecumenical Council produced definitions, creeds, cannon laws, etc.

Number NameYearSaintPatriarch
1stNicaea I325Our Holy Father
Athanasios Great
Archbishop Alexandria
 
2rdConstantinople I381St. Meletios
Archbishop Antioch
 
3rdEphesus431Our Holy Father
Kyrollos
Archbishop Alexandria
 
4thChalcedon451  
5thConstantinople II553  
6thConstantinople III680-681  
7thNicaea II787  
20thVatican I1869-1870 His Beatitude,
the Regretted,
Gregorios II
21thVatican II1962-1965 His Beatitude,
the Regretted,
Maximos IV

The 8th to 19th Councils are not accepted by nonRoman Catholics. They were not invited to take part.

NonRoman Catholics were invited to take part in the 20th and 21th Ecumenical Councils. But, most of those two Ecumenical Councils dealt with internal Roman Catholic matters.

Pope

ALL Catholics accept the Pope as the direct successor of The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter "in the primacy". That direct successor, the "Patriarch of the West", is the "first among equals".

The Pope actually has three job positions. Each job position has its own title, responsibilities and authorities.

The Pope rarely exercises the responsibilities and authorities of the job position “Pope”. Some people say that the only time that a Pope has exercised the responsibilities and authorities of a "Pope" since 1800 was in 1854 when Pius IX unilaterally declared of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. The NonRoman Catholics, including Melkites, did not accept this declaration as dogma. They believe that only an Ecumenical Council can declare dogma.

Patriarch of the West

The Pope usually is exercising the responsibilities and authorities of the job position "Patriarch of the West".
A Patriarch is the Bishop who presides over a Synod of Bishops. The Patriarch is the first among these Bishops when they gather together to deliberate on matters common to their specific Catholic church.
The Patriarch of the West is over the Holy See of Rome. The Holy See of Rome includes all Catholic dioceses that have their liturgical services, liturgical calendar, saints, rules, regulations, customs, etc. under the supervision, guidance, approval, etc. of the Holy See of Rome. The Holy See of Rome is referred to as the Roman Catholic Church because its secular structure: rules, laws, guidance, etc. are made by its Synod of Bishops, by its bureaucrats, etc. The Holy See of Rome is also referred to as the Latin Catholic Church because Latin is its official language.

The Patriarch of Antioch

The Patriarch of Antioch is over the See of Antioch. The See of Antioch includes all Catholic dioceses that have their liturgical services, liturgical calendar, saints, rules, regulations, customs, etc. under the supervision, guidance, approval, etc. of the See of Antioch. The See of Antioch is referred to as the Melkite Greek Catholic Church because its secular structure: rules, laws, guidance, etc. are made by its Synod of Bishops, by its bureaucrats, etc. The See of Antioch is also referred to as the Greek Catholic Church because Greek is its official language.
In the United States, the people in the See of Antioch are commonly called "Melkites". Also, in the United States, there is only one Melkite Diocese, The Eparchy of Newton, which includes every Melkite parish and organization in the U.S.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops includes ALL Catholic bishops in the United States. The Melkite Bishops are included.

However, most of the items on the agenda of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are items dealing with issues specific to the Roman Catholic Church.

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Holy God

Holy God Home Page with Holy God, Holy Trinity, Holy God the Father, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Holy God the Holy Spirit

Holy Mysteries

Holy Mysteries Home Page with Baptism, Chrismation, Holy Eucharist, Holy Unction, Repenance, Holy Crowning, and Holy Ordination

Liturgical Services / Prayers / Liturgical Cycle

Liturgical Services - Divine Liturgy Home Page with Byzantine Rite and Divine Liturgy

Liturgical Services - Other than Divine Liturgy Home Page Vespers, Compline, Royal Hours, Madaayeh / Acathist Hymn, Churching a Baby, Falling Asleep in the Lord, and Great Feast of Holy Theophany

Prayers Home Page with Prayers

Liturgical Cycle Home Page with Preparation, Feast, and Celebration Cycle, Calendar, Liturgical Cycle of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Liturgical Cycle of The Theotokos, and Liturgical Cycle of Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist

Angels

Angels Home Page with Angels

Saints, Blessed, People in Cause of Beatification / Canonization Process

Saints Home Page with Saints including The Theotokos, John the Baptist, Prophets, Martyrs, Church Fathers, and Church Mothers

Blessed Home Page with people who have been Beatified

Melkites for Whom the Cause of Beatification / Canonization has Began Home Page with people whom The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has officially began the Cause of Beatification / Canonization.

Hierarchy

Entire Catholic Church

Ecumenical Councils Home Page with Ecumenical Councils

Pope and Latin Catholic Church Home Page with Pope, Lumen Gentium, Ecumenical Councils, Catholic Churches, and His Beatitude, Gregorios III, Patriarch of Antioch relationship's with the Pope and Latin Catholic Church

Melkite Greek Catholic Church

Melkite Greek Catholic Church / Grec Melkite Catholique Home Page with Melkite Greek Catholic Church and Holy Synod

Patriarchate / Batiryark of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church Home Page with Patriarchate, Patriarch; His Beatitude, Gregorios III, Patriarch of Antioch; His Beatitude the Regretted, Maximos V, Patriarch of Antioch; and Organizations

Clergy in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church Home Page with Bishops, Priests, and Deacons

Location

Entire Word

Catholic Dioceses in the World by Rite Greek-Melkite Church

Holy Land

Holy Land

United States and Canada

United States Home Page with the Eparchy of Newton, His Excellency, Archbishop Cyrille Bustros, Eparch of Newton; His Excellency, Bishop John Elya, Eparch Emeritus of Newton; His Excellency, Bishop Nicholas Samra, Titular Bishop of Gerasa; His Excellency, the Regretted Archbishop Joseph Tawil, Eparch Emeritus of Newton; Parishes, Vocations, Offices, Organizations, Sophia Press, Conventions, and Appointments

Other countries

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, México, New Zealand, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom - England, and Venezuela

Other

School Project Information

School Project Information on the Melkite Greek Catholic Church Web Site

Links

Links Home Page with Web sites of interest - Melkite, Eastern Catholic, Latin Catholic, and Orthodox

Vendors

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Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center is dedicated to my cousins: Bucky (Richard C. Liles) and Shirley (Shirley Jean Liles Buck). Bucky fell asleep in the Lord on Dec. 12, 2000 and Shirley fell asleep in the Lord on Nov. 8, 2001.
O God of all spirits and of all flesh, who have destroyed death, overcome the devil, and given life to the world: grant, O Lord, to the souls of your servants Bucky and Shirley, who has departed from this life, that it may rest in a place of light, in a place of happiness, in a place of peace, where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing. And since You are a gracious God and the Lover of Mankind, forgive him/her every sin he/she has committed by thought, or word, or deed, for there is not a man who lives and does not sin : You alone are without sin, your righteousness is everlasting, and your word is true. You are the Resurrection and the Life, and the repose of your departed servants Bucky and Shirley. O Christ our God, and we send up glory to You, together with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good and life-givng Spirit, now and always and for ages upon ages. Amen.

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