The dates for the next three mission liturgies have been set; they are January 27th, February 25th and March 11th. Bishop Nicholas will be present for the liturgy on March 11th.
Each liturgy takes place at 5pm at the Gesu Chapel of at the Jesuit School of Theology, in Berkeley, California, located at 1735 Le Roy Avenue.
The first mission liturgy took place last month and was so successful (over 60 people attended) that this is now scheduled to be regular monthly event. Many came, we were told, because they read about it on this site, so thank you NLM!
The goal is then to make the liturgy a weekly event when sufficient momentum has been gained. The visit of Bishop Nicholas is evidence of the value that the Melkite Church puts on the success of this mission.
The liturgy on the Berkeley campus is a mission of St Elias Melkite Church, whose pastor, Fr Sebastian Carnazzo is seen in the video below at the tiny chapel in Los Gatos, California, which is close to San Jose.
The liturgies for January and February will be celebrated by Fr Carnazzo and Fr Christopher Hadley. I will be present, singing the “eison,” or drone, as part of the choir, so we hope to see some of you there.
Fr Carnazzo, incidentally, is teaching a series of classes for www.Pontifex.University, in which he explains content of the canon of holy icons of Church and connects it to Scripture and to the feast days of the liturgical year, both West and East. As such, they are courses simultaneously in theology, in which the imagery deepens understanding of mysteries and doctrine described, and courses in the art of the Church by which students understand its roots in Scripture and Catholic doctrine.