The essential elements of the public worship of the Catholic
Church, in the Sacrifice of the Eucharist and the
administration of the sacraments, are the same in all
Catholic rites. What is called the "Mass" in the
West is called "Divine Liturgy" in the Eastern
The rite celebrated at Nativity parish is the Byzantine
rite, which originated in the ancient Church at
The Liturgy of
St. John Chrysostom
is most often used within the Byzantine rite, but is not the
only Liturgy available.
Worship in the Ukrainian Catholic Church is characterized by
a great sense of God's holiness, a reverence for the sacred,
a humble dependence on the power and mercy of God and faith
in the intercessory power of the Mother of God and all the
Saints. There is a strong tradition of congregational
singing without instrumentation, with traditional melodies
adopted to our liturgical texts. At Nativity parish, the
majority of the Divine Liturgy is said in English, with some
responses and prayers said in Ukrainian.
The Liturgy consists of three main parts:
The entire text of the
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.