First, a reader, Sub- Deacon Nunis, provided some details of Divine Liturgy/Mass of the Melkite Catholic Church in the Byzantine Rite in English:
"Priest celebrant: Fr. Brian Kelty (Ukrainian Catholic Church)
Location: St. Joseph's Melkite Catholic Church, 40 Gillies St, Fairfield VIC 3078
Time: 6pm every Sunday
Attendance: Still growing. Currently attended by the youth, but also catering for young families.
Challenges: Most of our community have not warmed up to the idea of an English Liturgy, being used to the typical Arabic. Some have accused it of 'dividing families' as the Middle Eastern people are a very tight family unit, and this can be translated to as "going to church every Sunday TOGETHER".
We are also trying to learn certain how to sing certain minor parts of the Liturgy like the troparions in their proper tones, instead of merely reading it out.
Proud about: We have a good set of preachers from amongst the deacons, and we rotate amongst ourselves to preach every Sunday. We're also proud of our cantors, who are trying hard to retain Byzantine traditions through the singing of the Liturgy. We do sing the occasional hymn like "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent" at times, but we do it the Byzantine way - no musical instruments."
(You can find contact details in the Sunday post comment).
Melbourne has also, of course, just ordained four priests for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, opening up another excellent option for those desireth of good liturgy!
Traditional Latin Mass
Melbourne has of course long been a stronghold for the Traditional Mass in Australia, thanks to the stalwart efforts of men such as Frs James Opie, Gerard Diamond, John Walshe, Philip Astley, Ian Falconer and others. And for this some of the credit goes to its successive Archbishops: a Pontifical Mass was first said (again) in the Cathedral in 1992, and became an annual tradition for a long while.
These days the official traditionalist (now also Novus Ordo) community there, led by its defectors from assorted traditionalist societies and religious orders, needs no publicity: it has a well oiled self-promotion machine.
Fortunately for those who run afoul of the personality issues at work there (which also seem, in my opinion, to to be a key cause of the disunity amongst traditionalist communities in Australia), there are a number of other EF Masses on offer in Melbourne (though the wikimissa listing could do with some updating by those in the know), including from some fairly surprising sources.
Reform of the reform
Melbourne also has a number of strong reform of the reform parishes, promoted by the Glorificamus Society amongst others.
And it is also of course the home of priest blogger Fr Nicolas Pearce as well as lay blogger (whom we should welcome back after a long break from posting) David Schutz.