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Week of June 30, 2008
Byzantine liturgy shows Catholic diversity
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"In this celebration of the Divine Liturgy we experience the great diversity of the people of God,"
At a news conference following the liturgy, Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec, host of the congress, said most of the pilgrims present would have found the Divine Liturgy a new experience.
"We had an example of the wedding between heaven and earth," he said.
The liturgy provides insight into how the Catholic faith is universal and crosses cultures, he said.
In his homily, Huculak tied the diversity to the unity about which Jesus spoke in the Gospel when he said, "That they may all be one, even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you."
"This unity with our loving God is fundamental to our spiritual identity," he said. "It was the purpose for our creation, and it remains the goal of our existence."
Huculak was joined at the altar by Ukrainian, Slovak and Melkite bishops.
He acknowledged that the diversity in the body of Christ has sometimes become a reason "to treat our brothers and sisters unfairly, to denigrate, to shame."
"Even the very celebration of the holy Eucharist has at times been made a point of division, rather than a time to behold the glory of the Lord Jesus," he said.
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