Vagaggini's scholarship is sound: he marshals evidence on the role of deaconesses from church orders (Didascalia and Apostolic Constitutions), the late fourth-century writings of Epiphanius of Salamis, and the Byzantine rite
of ordination from the earliest extant euchological evidence of Constantinopolitan provenance.
The current service of Baptism in the Byzantine Rite
contains several services generally combined together; these include the churching of the child, the naming of the child, and the exorcisms.
Following the Opening Mass, the Vigil will continue in the Crypt Church of the Basilica with confessions, a National Rosary for Life, Night Prayer according to the Byzantine Rite
, and holy hours led by seminarians from across the country from midnight until 6:00 a.
As a matter of interest, I wish to add that the iconostasis as well as the icons are not only in the tradition of the Orthodox church, but also of the Byzantine rite
Ukranian Catholic church of which I am a member.
His attempt to relativize its importance in the deaconess' ordination by reference to an epiclesis for minor orders in the Apostolic Constitutions is undercut, however, by his own admission that, "in the Byzantine rite
, the Holy Spirit is invoked upon neither lectors nor subdeacons.
Schisms, particularly those resulting from the christological and trinitarian debates of the 4th-6th centuries, led to the dominance of the Byzantine rite
in the East, the Roman in the West.
Important points are made concerning the Byzantine Rite
(108) and the ways in which a contemporary viewer would have understood God's presence in and for the Altar, with no need to include his overt presence in pictorial form within the Altar.
While he speaks of assistance and cooperation, he raises the issue of Uniatism (Christians who use the Byzantine rite
but have been united to Rome since the late sixteenth century).
The Byzantine rite
, however, still celebrates All Saints on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
Indeed, Weyrich himself is so far removed from the Catholic mainstream that he fled to an ultratraditionalist Byzantine Rite
church, still technically within the pale of Rome's jurisdiction.
Before beginning the actual period of Lent, the Great Fast, Christians following the Byzantine Rite
have five Sundays of preparation.
At first it was celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost, a date it still holds in the Byzantine rite