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  • Holy Week in Ukraine: Willow Sunday, liturgies, Easter basket blessings and Bright Week
    Posted: February 11, 2019 - 5:11pm

    In a holy season beginning with a Great Lent fast lasting longer than 40 days, to "Willow Sunday," and a midnight Resurrection Matins on Easter, followed by "Bright Week," Ukrainian Greek Catholics have no more iconic tradition than their exquisitely decorated eggs, and no more beloved practice than the blessing of Easter baskets.

  • Fasting and feasting help define Greek Catholic practice in Ukraine
    Posted: February 8, 2019 - 4:02pm

    Food and fasting play a relatively significant role in the spirituality and religious culture of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Believers are encouraged to abstain from meals on many occasions throughout the year. As a matter of custom, at Christmas feasts and Easter Pasky the choice of particular foods plays a big role in how people mark the days.

  • Ukrainian Greek Catholic liturgy envisions heaven on earth
    Posted: February 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

    The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church celebrates the Divine Liturgy—the Eucharist—and other sacraments according to the Byzantine rite. The Byzantine liturgy aims to invoke splendor and glory, to envision heaven here on earth. Incense and chant play significant roles in arousing the experience of worship.

  • Introduction: Ukrainian Greek Catholics in their "borderland" homeland
    Posted: February 7, 2019 - 3:33pm

    Ukrainians today have a strong sense of national identity, despite the fact that for most of the last millennium its territory has been other empires’ borderlands, ruled by neighboring great powers, and despite the fact that powerful challenges to the country’s boundaries endure.

  • Indian women expected to show deference to men in home, church life
    Posted: June 12, 2018 - 2:15pm

    Though India has had powerful women in politics, gender segregation in India is more formalized and obvious than in many parts of the world. However,  interviewees say that the role of women in the church is at best a nascent concern, and one that is often trivialized. 

  • The feast of the Saintes and its meaning for Gypsies and other Gens du Voyage
    Posted: May 23, 2018 - 12:33pm

    Tens of thousands of Gypsy, Tsigane, Manouche and other Gens du Voyage pilgrims make their way to Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, France, to a May feast for the Saintes Maries and Sainte Sara, the Gypsies' unofficial saint who is linked to the Marys in the gospels. For many, it is an occasion for sacraments like baptism and marriage, and for first communions.

  • Gypsy and Camarguaise Catholics in France honor women saints linking region to Jesus
    Posted: May 23, 2018 - 9:43am

    Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, an ancient town in the marshes of the Carmargue, celebrates processions to the sea for Sainte Marie Jacobé and Sainte Marie Salomé, who according to medieval tradition, following Jesus' death, traveled across the sea by boat and lived out their lives in Carmargue, helping to bring Christianity to France. The May feast draws large number of Gypsy Catholics, who also come to venerate Sainte Sara, an unofficial saint who they believe is integral to the story of the Saintes Maries.

  • Matriarchal traditions endure from pre-colonial Guam
    Posted: May 2, 2018 - 12:23pm

    In religious settings, matrilineal lines are particularly important in passing down intregas, promises to fulfill some sort of devotion or religious duty, and in leading prayer, particularly novenas. Sexual sins, if kept discreet, are seen as less serious than sins such as corruption and self-enrichment.

  • Migration makes Chamorros a minority in Guam
    Posted: April 20, 2018 - 10:21am

    The history of Guam and the perspectives of the native Chamorro people have been impacted by immigration and global encounters over 350 years. That process continues today in a variety of ways, including through in- and out-migration. As a result, Chamorros are a minority on their own island today. An influx of Filipinos and Micronesians are changing the cultural makeup in Guam.

  • Honoring the dead a cultural value in Guam
    Posted: April 18, 2018 - 3:51pm

    If there were one theme that came across most clearly in interviews about the relationship between Catholicism and Chamorro culture in Guam, it was the importance of honoring the dead.

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