Melkite Greek Catholic Church

The Gregorian calendar was adopted in 185 7. Because the Melkites are among the least Latinized Eastern Catholics, even in the West some parishes continue to celebrate Matins on Sunday, and unlike their Orthodox counterpart in North America, neither organs nor Italianate polyphony are used, and congregational singing is encouraged. Byzantine chant dominates, though modern hymns, borrowed from the Maronites, may be heard before and after the Liturgy or during communion. Before Vatican II, Corpus Christi was a prominent feast (introduced in 1737), for which Arabic hymno-graphy was composed by Maximos III.

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