Christmas 2013


Christmas Greetings

O man, know then that God becomes flesh
And where did this incarnation take place?
The body of a Holy Virgin!
Let us, too, burst forth with voice of joy.
Let us celebrate the mystery of the Salvation of the whole world,
The birthday of mankind.
Today the blame of Adam is revoked.
No longer: “You are dust, and to dust you will return”;
But, closely united to the celestial world,
You will be lifted even into Heaven.
No longer: in pain will you bear sons;
But, blessed is the one who has borne Emmanuel
And blessed is the womb that nourished Him.
— St. Basil the Great (d. 379) Homily on the Generation of Christ

Christ is Born!
Glorify Him!

We extend our prayers in Christmas Greeting to all the clergy, religious, and people of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. 2013 has been a year filled with celebrations, programs, births, and the passing of friends within our churches.  As we gather during the Christmas holydays, we sing in honor of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem and we lift up everyone in our prayers to the Lord.

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Bishop of Passaic Named


WOODLAND PARK, New Jersey (Tuesday, October 29, 2013) – The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó announced today from Washington, D.C. that the Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed the Very Reverend Kurt Burnette, Rector of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as fifth Bishop of the Eparchy of Passaic.

The official appointment was announced from Rome at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

Bishop-elect Kurt will be enthroned in Passaic on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

The Bishop-elect was ordained a priest at St. Mary Cathedral in Sherman Oaks, California, for the Eparchy of the Holy Protection of Mary in Phoenix on April 26, 1989 by the late Bishop John M. Bilock. He served as pastor in several parishes including Saint Nicholas of Myra, Fontana, California; Saint Irene the Virgin and Great Martyr, Portland, Oregon; Saint Gabriel the Archangel, Las Vegas, Nevada and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also served as Chaplain for the Fontana (CA) Police Department and regularly visited jails and prisons in California, Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico. He served his eparchy as Economos and Consultor from 1991 till 1994. He served as tribunal official for his own eparchy, and also for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the Diocese of Phoenix, and the Diocese of Gallup. His appointment as Rector of Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary was made in October, 2012. 

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Pascha 2013

Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord


Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Christos Voskrese! Voistinnu Voskrese!

 This Lenten Season has been filled with awesome events. All were surprised by the retirement of Benedict XVI. After weeks of speculation and the gathering of the cardinals, there was the sight of white smoke announcing the election of the new pope. When it was announced to the half million people gathered in the square and to billions running to their televisions that the Holy Spirit guided them to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, most were surprised. There was rejoicing which has grown as we learn more of our new Holy Father Francis.

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Congratulations to Pope Francis

March 13, 2013

Congratulations to our newly-elected Pope Francis. The first modern-day Pope born outside of Europe, the first Jesuit, and the first to be named after Saint Francis, Pope Francis has been very supportive of the Eastern Catholic Churches in Latin America during his tenure as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in his native Argentina. For this, we are especially thankful.

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Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

February 27, 2013

This week, we are passing a significant moment.  When we remember Church events in the past, we always say that they took place when John XXIII, Paul VI or John Paul II was Pope.  Their personalities and leadership set the context of when the event occurred. During his time, Benedict XVI continued the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and offered clear direction for the future. He now will join the ranks of his predecessors in how we remember his place in Church history.

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The Great Fast 2013

Repentance in the Year of Faith


His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’ Then the celebration began. (Luke 10:21-24)

Glory to Jesus Christ!
Glory forever!

Slava Isusu Christu!
Slava na V’iki!

February 10, 2013

Dear Faithful of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh,

During the Year of Faith, we reflect upon our baptismal commitment to faith, hope, and love. As we enter the Season of the Great Lenten Fast, the Lenten Message of our Holy Father Benedict XVI asks us to focus on the relationship of love to our faith in Jesus Christ. Our faith and our love of God allow the Holy Spirit to flow into our lives.

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The Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh, USA

Presided over by the Council of Hierarchs, the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church in the USA consists of an archeparchy and three eparchies: Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of … Continue reading


Welcome to the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Archeparchy of Pittsburgh!  Contact us by mail: 66 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214; phone: 412-231-4000; fax: 412-231-1697; e-mail: Listed below are Archieparchial administrative entities. Also see Offices  Ministries  Directories Archbishop Officials Boards Commissions … Continue reading

Nativity of our Lord 2012

I’ll be Home for Christmas . . .


Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams.
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.

December 25, 2012

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Dear clergy, religious, and people,

The popular song I’ll be home for Christmas, first recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby, is heard each year during the celebration of the holy season of Christmas. Its melody and lyrics have become one of those Christmas songs which haunt us on the radio or via many other recordings. Some years, we hear the message at home, and we feel reassured in being where we belong – with family and friends. Other years, we are away from home waiting to return. And some years, we are away with no way to return home to celebrate Christmas, except in our dreams.

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