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Welcome to The Light Of The East with Father Thomas Loya. This unique program reveals how the riches of the Eastern Catholic Churches - their liturgies, spirituality and relevancy - are a gift to the whole Church and to today's world.


 
 

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The Light Of The East #502: The Unifying Talents of the Western Lung

May 6, 2014 - The Eastern Lung of the Church will call upon the gifts of the Western Lung of the Church to explain the various jurisdictions of the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Chuches in the Ukraine.

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The Light Of The East #501: The Myrrh Bearing Women

April 29, 2014 - The Scripture, liturgical prayer and the thought of St. John Paul II come together today on the Sunday of the Ointment Bearing Women and Joseph and Nicodemus.

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The Light Of The East #500: The Church Joyfully Breathes with Both Lungs

April 22, 2014 - Christ is Risen! On this day, the Church joyfully breathes with both lungs, the canonization of two Popes and the 500th broadcast of Light of the East

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The Light Of The East #499: Christ is Risen!

April 15, 2014 - Christ is Risen! This is the Day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice in it!

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The Light Of The East #498: Great Week

April 8, 2014 - We begin Great Week, the week of the Bridegroom where we unite our passion and suffering with that of Christ. This is especially true for the Eastern churches and faithful in the Ukraine.

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The Light Of The East #496: Ladder of Divine Ascent

March 25, 2014 - This week, we bow to the ground and rise up The Ladder of Divine Ascent guided by our special masters: St. John Climacus, St. Andrew of Crete and St. Mary of Egypt.

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The Light Of The East #495: The Cross

March 18, 2014 - On the Third Sunday of Lent, we venerate the Cross which stands in the middle between heaven and earth, but also in the middle of many Eastern Churches.

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The Light Of The East #494: The Season of Lent

March 11, 2014 - We can journey toward something or away from something. But there is another direction in which we can journey and the season of Lent takes us there.

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The Light Of The East #493: The Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 4, 2014 - The first Sunday of Lent commemorates the vindication of the ancient practice of the veneration of icons. To appreciate this, we will turn to the writings of a pope from the Western Lung of the Church.

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The Light Of The East #492: Forgiveness Vespers

February 25, 2014 - The Bright Sadness is now upon us as we repent and seek God's forgiveness. We will fast and ask forgiveness of one another in the very moving evening service of the Forgiveness Vespers.

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The Light Of The East #491: Meatfare Sunday

February 18, 2014 - It is the Sunday of Meat Fare. But, it is also the Sunday in which we sing, "The end draws near, the time grows short, the Judge is at the door, and the days of life pass swiftly."

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The Light Of The East #490: Opus Bono

February 11, 2014 - We can always turn to the gift of the priesthood to experience God's mercy. But where do priests turn when they are in need of both God's mercy and ours?

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The Light Of The East #489: Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

February 4, 2014 - On this Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, we will listen to the stirring in the hearts of a publican, a prisoner and a Catholic Cardinal, the young people of the Ukraine and the Church that breathes with both lungs.

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The Light Of The East #488: The Eastern Catholics of Ukraine

January 28, 2014 - The just elder Simeon would never be the same after beholding Christ. Neither would the Eastern Catholics of Ukraine after beholding the freedom of their Church.

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The Light Of The East #487: The Spirituality of the Domestic Church

January 21, 2014 - The high holy days are now passed and we are in the "dog days" of winter. But this is where the spirituality of the domestic church has something to offer us.

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The Light Of The East #486: Maximus the Confessor

January 14, 2014 - We visit Maximus the Confessor, sometimes known as the Father of Byzantine theology, and we'll also have a visit from an old friend of Light of the East.

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The Light Of The East #485: Let Us Flee To The Desert

January 7, 2014 - We have entered the dog days of winter, so let us flee to the warmth of the desert to face our own demons, discover our most authentic selves and to encounter God.

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The Light Of The East #484: Manifestation, Illumination, Incarnation

December 31, 2013 - Manifestation, illumination, incarnation continue to be the theme in the Church, East and West, and also in our individual lives.

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The Light Of The East #483: It's a Triple Header

December 24, 2013 - It's a triple header to end the year: St. Basil the Great, the relatives of the Lord, and the Circumcision of Our Lord on the 8th day.

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The Light Of The East #482: Christmas 2013

December 17, 2013 - Let us encounter the great mystery. The Creator becomes the creature while still remaining the Creator. God is with us!

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The Light Of The East #481: The Sunday of the Holy Patriarchs

December 10, 2013 - It's the Sunday of the Holy Patriarchs and we'll look at the words of a recent Patriarch, Pope Francis, whose document is of particular interest to the Eastern churches, both Catholic and Orthodox.

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The Light Of The East #480: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 3, 2013 - The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, or as they say in the East, the Conception of the Mother of God in the womb of St. Anne. It's a different emphasis, but they both arrive at the same point.

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The Light Of The East #479: St. Nicholas

November 26, 2013 - Whether Santa Claus or St. Nicholas, this man of mystery and his universal observance has his origins in the Eastern lung of Church.

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The Light Of The East #478: The Color Purple

November 19, 2013 - Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name?" We ask, “What’s in a color?"... the color purple used in the Church, both East and West, during this preparatory season.

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The Light Of The East #477: Matins

November 12, 2013 - Morning Prayer belongs to the tradition of the Church, both East and West. But the development of Morning Prayer, called matins or orthros, in the Byzantine Catholic tradition, is rich, complex and meaningful.

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The Light Of The East #476: EWTN and Religious Liberty

November 5, 2013 - Our special guest is Michael Warsaw, CEO and Chairman of the Board of EWTN who tells us about EWTN's challenge to the HHS Mandate.

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The Light Of The East #475: Vespers

October 29, 2013 - We approach the season of the observation of Our Lord's Incarnation by preparing through fasting, charity and prayer. The Vespers service is the evening prayer of the Byzantine Catholic Church, an ancient prayer of Light, immersing us into the rhythm of salvation history.

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The Light Of The East #474: The Art of the Church

October 22, 2013 - The art of the Church breathes with both lungs, East and West. There is iconology in the West and iconography in the East, but they both arrive at the same point.

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The Light Of The East #473: The Eastern Churches and the Roman Catholic Church

October 15, 2013 - The Eastern Churches and the Roman Catholic Church may differ in emphasis, style and expression, but they all ultimately converge at the same point. We will look at how this happens and some of the issues that divide.

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The Light Of The East #472: Father Loya and Father Loya

October 8, 2013 - Father Thomas Loya and his cousin, Father Joseph Loya, discuss the moments of their priesthood.

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The Light Of The East #471: A Byzantine Catholic Renewal

October 1, 2013 - Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma has begun a process to move forward from maintenance to mission, from survival to vision.

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The Light Of The East #470: The Feast of the Protection of the Veil of the Mother of God

September 24, 2013 - We discuss the Feast of the Protection of the Veil of the Mother of God and one of the Eastern Churches in need of protection.

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The Light Of The East #469: The Liturgical Year of the Eastern Churches Begins

September 17, 2013 - What do you get when you take a bride, a groom, add 16 priests, a bunch of seminarians, a half dozen nuns, and a bishop? You get a very meaningful wedding ceremony.

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The Light Of The East #468: The Liturgical Year of the Eastern Churches Begins

September 10, 2013 - For the Liturgy of the Eastern Churches, we come to see our observance of the Exultation of the Cross as so much more than just a history lesson.

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The Light Of The East #467: The Liturgical Year of the Eastern Churches Begins

September 3, 2013 - The new liturgical year of the Eastern Churches is upon us, and we begin its many glorious holy days. The feast days of the Church are so much more than just an obligation.

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The Light Of The East #466: The Plight of Coptic Christians

August 27, 2013 - We bring you an exclusive report on the situation and global significance of Coptic Christians caught in the middle of the current unrest in Egypt.

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The Light Of The East #465: The Eastern Catholic Churches Shine Brighter

August 20, 2013 - The Eastern Catholic Churches need to let their light shine from under their bushels. We look at how the Eastern Catholic Churches can look at their own gifts and gain greater confidence in their gifts.

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The Light Of The East #464: A Couple of Special Events

August 13, 2013 - We draw your attention to a couple of special events which are a testimony and a witness to the power and relevancy of Eastern Christian spirituality.

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The Light Of The East #463: Wink... Wink... "Oh, Come On!"

August 6, 2013 - Oh come on, let's be a little more honest here. We examine an article that suggests the Eastern and Western lungs of the Church hold each other accountable to their Ecumenical histories.

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The Light Of The East #462: The Season of Pilgrimage

July 30, 2013 - As the summer winds down, it becomes a season of pilgrimage in the Eastern Catholic Churches as special guest Sister Barbara Jean talks about the pilgrimage at Mt. St. Macrina.

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The Light Of The East #461: Moving Through the Rythmn of Life

July 23, 2013 - The preparation for communion in the Byzantine Catholic Church moves through the rythmn of life.

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The Light Of The East #460: East Meets West

July 16, 2013 - We discuss how the Eastern and Western lungs of the Church meet at the Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria with special guest, Anastasia Northrup of TOBIA, the Theology of the Body Alliance.

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The Light Of The East
#459: 
The Eucharist, Part 5, and the Great Councils

July 9, 2013 - The Catholic Church, East and West, cannot be attributed to one person, but rather to the Great Councils and their Fathers. Plus, part 5 of our series on the Eucharist.

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The Light Of The East
#458: 
The Eucharist, Part 4

July 2, 2013 - The calling down of the Holy Spirit and the Eucharistic prayer of the Byzantine Catholic Church occurs after the words of institution and we ask the Holy Spirit to change us and then the gifts lying before us.

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