LAST WEEK, the clergy of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in the United States conferred in Saint Louis, Missouri. On Wednesday, they celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Saint Raymond's Maronite Cathedral.
The Melkites descend from the church founded by Saint Peter in Antioch, and they use the Byzantine Rite with Arabic being their official language. The Church calls itself الروم الكاثوليك or ar-Rūm al-Kathūlīk, literally ‘Roman Catholic.’ The Melkites are the oldest continuously existing Christian community.
Several of the clergy saw my camera and asked that I take photos:
Here the clergy receive Holy Communion. The liturgy was primarily in English with Byzantine chant tones.
After the Divine Liturgy.
The clergy afterwards retired to the Cathedral's banquet center, where they partook of the traditional Lebanese food served there every Wednesday: