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Jesus Christ the Teacher Melkite Catholic School Project Homework Student Project Information, How Melkite Catholics are Different from Roman/Latin Catholics

Using Roman/Latin Catholic language, school children send e-mails asking about the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Latin Catholics and Melkite Catholics use different words to refer to the same God, person, and item. Below is my attempt the bridge this communication gap and my attempt to have a starting point for school children to answer their Melkite Catholic School Project Homework questions.

After each question, I have listed the URLs of the Web pages relevant to that question.

1. Is The Melkite Greek Catholic Church part of the Catholic Church?
Do Melkites recognize / accept the Pope? Do Melkites recognize / accept the Ecumenical Councils?
Melkites are Catholics

2. Overview of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church
What is the Melkite Greek Catholic Church?
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church / Grec Melkite Catholique

3. History of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church
What is the history Melkite Greek Catholic Church?
Unofficial History of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church / Grec Melkite Catholique

4. Rite used
What Rite does the Melkite Greek Catholic Church use? Where and when did the Rite originate? From what tradition did the Rite come?
Byzantine Great Tradition, Byzantine Rite, Greek Variant

5. Divine Liturgy / Mass
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church celebrates the "Divine Liturgy". The Melkite Greek Catholic Church does not use the word "Mass". What Latin Catholics call the "Mass", Melkite Catholics call the "Divine Liturgy".
Does the Melkite Greek Catholic Church have a Mass? What items does the Mass contain in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church ?
Liturgical Services Divine Liturgy Home Page

6. Liturgical Services in addtional to Divine Liturgy / Mass
What liturgical services does the Melkite Greek Catholic Church have in addition to Divine Liturgy / Mass
Liturgical Services Other than Divine Liturgy Home Page

7. Holy Mysteries / Sacraments
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has the "Holy Mysteries". The Melkite Greek Catholic Church does not use the word "Sacrament". What Latin Catholics call the "Sacraments", Melkite Catholics call the "Holy Mysteries".
What are the sacraments in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church? Does the Melkite Greek Catholic Church have the same seven sacraments as the Latin Catholic Church?
Holy Mysteries

8. Holy Mysteries / Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion
At what age, do Melkite Catholics receive Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion? In what order , do Melkite Catholics receive these Sacraments?
Holy Mysteries of Christian Illumination

9. Holy Mystery / Sacrament of Holy Communion / Holy Eucharist
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church sometimes refers to "Holy Communion" as "Holy Eucharist"
At what age, do Melkite Catholics receive First Holy Communion? When and how is Holy Communion recieved? From what ingredients is the Holy Communion bread (Qurban) made?
Holy Eucharist

10. Prayers
What prayers does the Melkite Greek Catholic Church have?
Prayers Home Page

11. Jesus Prayer
Do Melkite Catholics say a prayer on a prayer rope with beads in groups of ten?
Jesus Prayer

12. Prayers said to "Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ"/ Jesus Christ via The Theotokos / Blessed Virgin Mary
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church refers to "Jesus Christ" as "Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ"
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church refers to the "Blessed Virgin Mary" as "The Theotokos"
What prayers does the Melkite Greek Catholic Church have that are said to Jesus Christ via The Blessed Virgin Mary
.Prayers to Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ via The Theotokos

13. Rosary
Do Melkite Catholics say the Rosary?
Rosary

14. Preparation, Feast, and Celebration Cycle
For the important feasts, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has a Preparation period and Celebration period liturgical cycle. The Feast Day is begins the Celebration period.
What is the Preparation, Feast, and Celebration Cycle? Preparation, Feast, and Celebration Cycle

15. Fasting / not eating and drinking
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has Fasting. Fasting has 2 definitions.

What is the Melkite Greek Catholic Church's definition of the word "Fasting" ? What are the rules and regulations of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on "Fasting"? When and why do Melkite Catholics fast?
Preparation - Periods of Fasting

16. Abstinence / not eating specific forbiden foods, such as meat, and not drinking specific forbiden beverages
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has "Abstinence". " The term "Abstinence" means "not eating specific forbiden foods from midnight to midnight and not drinking specific forbiden beverages from midnight to midnight, Monday to Friday". Abstinence is not done on Saturday and Sunday except for Great and Holy Saturday.
What is the definition of the word "Abstinence" ? What are the rules and regulations of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on"Abstinence"? When and why do Melkite Catholics abstain? From what foods and drink do Melkite Catholics abstain? Why?
Preparation - Periods of Fasting

17. Feasting
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has "Feasting". "Feasting" is eating all foods and drinking all drinks all the time.
What is the definition of the word "Feasting" ? What are the rules and regulations of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on "Feasting"? When and why do Melkite Catholics feast?
Celebration - Feasting

18. "Feast of Feasts" and "Great Feast Days" / "Holy Days of Obligation"
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has the "Feast of Feasts" and "Great Feast Days". The Melkite Greek Catholic Church does not have "Holy Days of Obligation". What Latin Catholics call the "Holy Days of Obligation", Melkite Catholics call the "Feast of Feasts" and "Great Feast Days" .
What are the Holy Days of Obligation?
Feasts of Feasts and Great Feasts Days

19. Important Feast Days that are not "Feast of Feasts" and "Great Feast Days" / "Holy Days of Obligation"
What are the important Feast Days that are not "Feast of Feasts" and "Great Feast Days" / "Holy Days of Obligation"?

20. Feasts of Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ / Jesus Christ/
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church refers to "Jesus Christ" as "Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ"
The Feasts of Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ are the Feasts of Feasts Pascha and the Great Feasts Class 1.
What are the feasts of Jesus Christ?

21. Pascha / Easter Cycle
The preparation for the "Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha" is called the "Triodion". The chronological order of the "Triodion" is the "Prophonisimon", "Great Lent", The Transition Period, "Great and Holy Week", and the "Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha".
The Celebration for the "Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha" is called the "Pentecostarion". The chronological order of the "Pentecostarion" is Pascha, the Sundays of Pascha, Great Feast of the Ascension , Great Feast of Pentecost, and the The Feast of the Divine Body of Jesus Christ. What is the Easter Cycle? When does the preparation for Easter begin and end? When does celebration for Easter begin and end?

22. Triodion - Prophonisimon
The Prophonisimon, is the time of preparation for Great Lent.
"Prophonisimon" is 4 Sundays: Pharisee and the Publican to Cheese fare .
What is the purpose of Prophonisimon? What are the names of the important days in Prophonisimon ? How many Sundays are in Prophonisimon? What are the first and last days of Prophonisimon? What is the rule for when Prophonisimon begins and ends?
Prophonisimon

23. Triodion - Great Lent / Lent
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has "Great Lent". The Melkite Greek Catholic Church does not have "Lent". What Latin Catholics call "Lent", Melkite Catholics call "Great Lent".
"Great Lent" is 40 days: Clean Monday to the Friday after the Fifth Sunday of "Great Lent".
What is the purpose of Great Lent? What are the names of the important days in Great Lent? How many days are in Great Lent? What are the first and last days of Great Lent? Are Sundays counted as days of Great Lent? What is the rule for when Great Lent begins and ends?
Great Lent

24. Triodion - The Transition Period between "Great and Holy Week" / "Holy Week" and "Great Lent "/ "Lent"
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has a transition Period between Great and Holy Week / Holy Week and Great Lent / Lent.
The Transition Period is 2 days: Lazarus Saturday to Palm Sunday.
What is the purpose of the Transition Period? What are the names of the important days in the Transition Period? How many days are in the Transition Period? What are the first and last days of the Transition Period? What is the rule for when the Transition Period begins and ends?
Transition Period

25. Triodion - Great and Holy Week / Holy Week
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has "Great and Holy Week". The Melkite Greek Catholic Church does not have "Holy Week" . What Latin Catholics call "Holy Week", Melkite Catholics call "Great and Holy Week".
"Great and Holy Week" is 6 days: Great and Holy Monday to Great and Holy Saturday.
"Great and Holy Week" is not part of the 40 days of "Great Lent". The order is "Great Lent", The Transition Period, "Great and Holy Week", and the "Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha".
What is the purpose of Great and Holy Week? What are the names of the important days in Great and Holy Week ? How many days are in Great and Holy Week? What are the first and last days of Great and Holy Week? What is the rule for when Great and Holy Week begins and ends?
Great and Holy Week

26. Pentecostarion - Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha / Easter
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has the Feast of the "Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha". The Melkite Greek Catholic Church does not use the word "Easter". What Latin Catholics call "Easter", Melkite Catholics call "Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha ".
Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha

27. Pentecostarion - Bright Week
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has the "Bright Week". "Bright Week" is the week after "Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha ".
"Bright Week" is 7 days: Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha to Bright Saturday.

What is the purpose of Bright Week? What are the names of the important days in Bright Week? How many days are in Bright Week? What are the first and last days of Bright Week? What is the rule for when Bright Week begins and ends?
Holy and Glorious Pascha Celebration First Day to Seventh Day - Bright Week or New Week

28. Pentecostarion - Sundays of Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has the "Sundays of Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha". "Sundays of Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha" has 8 Sundays: Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha to Great Feast of Pentecost.
What is the purpose of the Sundays of Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha? What are the names of the important Sundays in Sundays of Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha? How many Sundays are in Sundays of Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha? What are the first and last Sundays of Sundays of Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha? What is the rule for when the Sundays of Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha begins and ends?
Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Holy and Glorious Pascha Celebration - Sundays

29. Fasting and Abstinence during the Prophonisimon
What are the rules and regulations of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on fasting during the Prophonisimon?
Feasts of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Cycle - Pre-Preparation - Triodion - Prophonisimon - Fasting

30. Fasting during Great Lent / Lent and Great Week / Holy Week
What are the rules and regulations of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on fasting during Lent?
Holy and Glorious Pascha Preparation - Great Lent and Great and Holy Week - Fasting

31. Abstinence / not eating meat during Great Lent / Lent and Great Week / Holy Week
What are the rules and regulations of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on abstaining during Lent?
Holy and Glorious Pascha Preparation - Great Lent and Great and Holy Week - Fasting

32. Feasting during Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Celebration
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has "Feasting". "Feasting" is eating and drinking all foods at any time.
What is the defination of the word "Feasting" ? What are the rules and regulations of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on "Feasting"? When do Melkite Catholics feast? Why?
Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Cycle - Pentecostarion - Celebration

33. Liturgical New Year
When does the Liturgical year begin for the Melkite Greek Catholic Church? When is the Liturgical New Year for the Melkite Greek Catholic Church ?
Liturgical New Year Begins on 1 September

34. Calendar year
Which calendar, Gregorian or Julian, does the Melkite Greek Catholic Church follow?
Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Date

35. Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha / Easter Date
What is the rule to determine when is the date for Easter in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church? Does the Melkite Greek Catholic Church have Easter on the same day as the Latin Catholic Church / Pope?
Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Date

36. Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha / Easter Date for this year
What are the dates of Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost for this year?
Feasts of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Cycle - Dates

37. Feasts of The Theotokos / The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church refers to the "Blessed Virgin Mary" as "The Theotokos"
The Feasts of The Theotokos are the Great Feasts Class 2.
What are the feasts of The Blessed Virgin Mary?

38. Patron Saints
Who are the Patron Saints of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church? Who were the Missionaries to the Melkite Greek Catholic Church?

39. Saints active in the early Melkite Greek Catholic Church and who are not Patron Saints
Who were the Saints active in the early Melkite Greek Catholic Church and who are not Patron Saints?
Patron Saints Please see Question 14
Saints who were active in the Church at Antioch (Melkite Greek Catholic Church Grec Melkite Catholique)

40. Saints in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church who were not active in the early Melkite Greek Catholic Church and who are not Patron Saints
Who are some of the important Saints in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church?
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church declares its Saints. Every person who has ever lived is eligable to be declared a Saint.
Then, people mentioned in the Old Testment can be declared a Saint. These people include Saint Adam, who was the first person, and Mar Elias / Holy Prophet Elias the Thesbite / Prophet Elijah
The most important Saint is The Theotokos / Blessed Virgin Mary. Please see question 37.
The second most important Saint is The Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist.

41. Patriarchate (See) of Antioch
What is the Patriarchate or See of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church?
Patriarchate (See) of Antioch with the See of Antioch, the See of Alexandria and the See of Jerusalem

42. Title of the Spiritual Leader of the Patriarchate (See) of Antioch
What is the Title of the Spiritual Leader of the Patriarchate (See) of Antioch
Patriarch (Batriyark) of the Patriarchate (See) of Antioch

43. First Patriarch / Spiritual Leader of the Patriarchate (See) of Antioch
Who was the first Spiritual Leader of the Patriarchate (See) of Antioch?
Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter, the First Pope and the First Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch

44. Current Patriarch / Spiritual Leader of the Patriarchate (See) of Antioch
Who is the current Patriarch (Batriyark) of the Patriarchate (See) of Antioch
His Beatitude, Gregorios III, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles (Patriarcat Grec Melkite Catholique)

45. Selection of the Patriarch / Spiritual Leader of the Patriarchate (See) of Antioch
How is the Melkite Spiritual Leader selected? Who elects the Melkite Spiritual Leader?
Holy Synod

46. Geographic location of the Melkite Spiritual Leader
Where does the Melkite Spiritual Leader live? Where is the geographical headquarter of the Melkite Church?
Contact Information - Addresses for the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch / Patriarcat Grec Melkite Catholique

47. Language
What languages are used in the Liturgical Services of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church? What languages do Melkite Catholics speak?
Language

48. Cultural background of Melkite Catholics
What is the cultural background of the Melkite Catholics? From which countries, did the Melkite Catholics come?

49. Geographic locations of Melkite Catholics
Melkite Catholics live in what countries?

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Angels Home Page with Angels

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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

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Other

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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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