The Use of a Western Liturgical Rite by Eastern Orthodox Christians in Europe and North America: It Is the Holy Spirit Who Offers the Sacrifice

Author: McMonagle, Mark
This book describes the use of Western liturgical rites that are used by Eastern Orthodox churches in Europe and North America. The author details the influence of Catholic liturgical traditions on the Eastern Orthodox church rites, in spite of centuries of theological disagreement.


"First, Fr. Mc Monagle carefully engages a little-known aspect of liturgical studies. Only a handful of scholars have focused their attention on the use of Western rite liturgies among the Orthodox of North America. A second lasting contribution is McMonagle's fresh engagement of two perennial points of tension between the Eastern and Western streams of Christianity. While the one is creedal and other liturgical, both are of deep theological import. A third feature of his volume is McMonagle's richly nuanced attention to the role of the Holy Spirit in and through the liturgical rites and practices of the community of faith. The fourth contribution of this volume is its insistence on the liturgy as the church's primary form of theological expression." Dr. Douglas Cullen, Northeastern Seminary/Robert Wesleyan College

Table of Contents


Foreword by Douglas R. Cullum, Ph.D.




Chapter 1: A History of the Western Rite Initiative

Chapter 2: Theological and Historical bases for using the Western Rite Liturgy of St. Gregory the Great

Chapter 3: Heresy and the Liturgy

Chapter 4: Sacrifice

Chapter 5: Filioque

Chapter 6: Epiclesis

Chapter 7: Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendix: The Mass of St. Gregory the Great as used by the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of the North and South America and the British Isles