This week, we just had a lovely late fall visit to Divine Liturgy at our adopted Byzantine rite parish. The kids and I have adopted a happy rhythm of getting and ready for 9 am Divine Liturgy, socializing with the small English language congregation after the liturgy out in the parish hall, and then going out for coffee afterwards. I like it very much, and the kids are definitely at home there. I do miss our other parish, and the Latin rite devotions over there, to be honest. Between the 2 liturgies, I do prefer the Byzantine rite. But I'm not certain that I feel at home in the overall Ukrainian Catholic Church, if that makes sense. Everyone makes us feel welcome there, to be sure. But I might just be a Latin rite Catholic through and through. A Latin rite Catholic who also is intrigued by, and enjoys, Eastern Catholic liturgy and traditions as well. And as a Catholic, I am free to explore both, which is wonderful to behold! I still don't know where all of this is leading, and I want to assure that I'm shepherding my children in the way that God wants us to go. But I have faith that we're on a path and I'm going to keep moving along it, keeping my ear open for the call.
The Christmas Bazaar is next weekend, so I have a new crocheted blanket that I made all packed up and ready to go for the basket raffle. I'm also going to see if Anne and I can put another basket together before Sunday, which is when we'll bring the items to the parish hall to be set up for the following weekend.
In the meantime, I've dusted off my Eastern Advent devotional A Monastery Journey to Christmas, which I wrote about last year, and I'm sooooo looking forward to diving in again! Lots of great Advent content is coming, let's get excited! 😎