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Byzantine Chapels, Bald Barbie & Angels

The Chapel of Madonna House


A few months ago, you complained about how people were sitting on the floor of the chapel of Madonna House in Combermere, Canada, and also about the lack of pews or kneelers.

That is because this chapel was originally set up for BYZANTINE, not Latin, worship. Traditionally, in the Byzantine liturgy, people do not sit, nor do they kneel. Prostrations are done on weekdays, especially in Great Lent.

With the exception of the picnic table set up before the Iconostasis, this is typical of many Russian churches. Why a Latin priest doesn't use the Byzantine altar behind the Iconostas is beyond me.

     In Christ,


wooden interior of a byzantine chapel


TIA responds:


If you look at the pictures below of different churches of Catholic Byzantine Rites, you see that your observation is not accurate. In all these churches where Byzantine Rites are said, pews or benches for the faithful are set up.

Thus, we can only think is that either you chose one church that was built without benches as an exception, or you found a photo picturing only the front part of the church without showing the benches that are there. In either case, you seem to be tailoring the photo to accommodate your opinion.


     TIA correspondence desk

byzantine chapel interiors

Top left, Byzantine Catholic Cathedral in Parma, OH, right, Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Rite in San Luis Obispo, CA, second row left, Romanian Catholic Rite, right, Chapel of Ukrainian Catholic Rite of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate; third row left, St. John Baptist Catholic Church in Humene, Slovakia, right, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Drogen, Belgium; fourth row left, St. Gregory of Nyssa Byzantine Catholic Church in Beltsville, MD, right, Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of Pittsburg, PA.


Showing the Truth


God Bless you all,

Thank you for your time and love of Jesus Christ's Church to show the truth. You have given me the truth to keep going in love and seeking Christ in His Church.


Marian Titles & Devotions

Dear TIA,

I know this question is rather broad and open-ended but…

Can you recommend an authoritative book (in English) which contains all or most Marian titles/devotions with their corresponding history?

I appreciate that the history behind each may be highly detailed and complex, but if such a book exists, then a compilation containing a brief historical outline corresponding to each would suffice.

Any help would be appreciated.



TIA responds:


Dear J.T.,

The best book of this regards that we know for spiritual purposes is Glories of Mary by St. Alphonse Maria de Ligouri.

For encyclopedic purposes there are some books on this topic available, but we have not read them. It is possible that they give a progressivist interpretation of Mary's titles. We could not recommend them before examining each one.

On this topic, perhaps some sites on the Internet can help you - here , here, here, here and here.

We hope these data can help you.


     TIA correspondence desk



Dear Dr Horvat,

I have been wanting to write and thank you for some time, ma'am. I am in my early 40's, and from a generation that, as you know, suffers from many delusions and ills. I had a strict Catholic aunt who participated in raising me well. I spent many summers at her home, and absorbed much of the traditions of the Faith as opposed to just 'learning' it.

Each day began with the early Mass at a local chapel. This only after I showered and was properly attired for assisting at Mass in white shirt, black shoes, dark suit and tie. After yard and farm chores during the day, it was back into suit and tie for dinner and Catechism study. My aunt was a sturdy and faithful woman. I cannot forget the time she placed a hand on my shoulder and looked me in the eye and said, "Hell is very real, son. I am afraid you will go there without turning to the True Church". (I should mention I came from a mixed Catholic-protestant background).

As time went on, my aunt sadly passed and I fell away from what she had taught me. But some years ago, it began to re-awaken in me. Part of it was due to your site and writings, ma'am, so thank you. I began praying, attending Mass again, and practicing what my aunt taught. I try and dress as a Catholic gentleman now, white shirt and tie, even just for errands and doctor appointments.



Showing the Truth

Dear TIA,

Poor Barbie, she has to be bald and beautiful for the obstinate modernists. But the Holy Bible teaches just the opposite:

"1 Corinthians 11:14-15 reads: "Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is dishonor to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is glory to her?"

Keep up the good work,


Send thy Angels

Mr. Frank Rega asked us to highlight this prayer, which he considers very timely, for our readers. TIA

The prayer and a commentary are on this page.

In 1863 A Bernardine Sister was shown in spirit the vast desolation caused by the Devil throughout the world. At the same time, she heard the Blessed Virgin telling her it was true, Hell had been let loose upon the earth, and that the time had come to pray to her as Queen of Angels and to ask of her the assistance of the Heavenly Legions to fight against these deadly foes of God and men.

“But, my good Mother,” she replied, “you who are so kind, could you not send them without our asking?”

our Lady Queen of Angels Holy Card
“No,” Our Lady answered, “because prayer is one of the conditions required by God Himself for obtaining favors.”

Then the Blessed Virgin communicated the following prayer, bidding her to have it printed and distributed everywhere.

August Queen of Heaven, sovereign Mistress of the Angels, who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the Serpent’s head, we beseech thee to send thy holy Angels, that under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Most holy Mother, send thy Angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us. Amen.

All ye holy Angels and Archangels help and defend us.

This prayer was approved by the Church. A person who says it receives a 300 day indulgence.


     Frank Rega


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Posted September 11, 2012

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