The Ukrainian nation and those who live in other countries are celebrating the 29th anniversary of independence. No doubt the past several years have given every sector of society something to think about in terms of the meaning of freedom, being a protagonist in one’s own history, the economy, religious freedom, politics, etc. Key to our Christian witness is knowing the reality in which we live and to evaluate reality from within the context of the Gospel. Let’s pray fervently to the Lord through the intercession of Mary, His Mother, the Pokrova for Ukraine.
O LORD JESUS CHRIST OUR GOD: Accept from us, Thine unworthy servants, this fervent supplication, and having forgiven us all our sins, remember all our enemies that hate and wrong us, and render not unto them according to their deeds, but according to Thy great mercy convert them:
The unbelieving to true faith and piety, and the believing that they may turn away from evil and do good.
By Thine all-powerful might, mercifully deliver all of us, Thy holy Church and our Nation from every evil circumstance.
Free our homeland, from all enemies, both visible and invisible and their power; Hearken unto the painful cry of Thy faithful servants who cry unto Thee day and night in tribulation and sorrow, O our most merciful God, and lead their life out of corruption.
Grant peace and tranquility, love and steadfastness, and swift reconciliation to Thy people, whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy precious Blood. But unto them that have departed from Thee and seek Thee not, be Thou manifest, that not one of them perish, but that all of them be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth; that all in harmonious oneness of mind and unceasing love may glorify Thy most holy name, O patient-hearted Lord Who art quick to forgive.
O Physician of souls and bodies, with compunction and contrite hearts we fall down before Thee and groaning we cry unto Thee:
Heal the injuries and sicknesses, heal the passions of the souls and bodies of all those who have been injured or are perishing from attacks of lawless ones.
Pardon the injured, for Thou art kind-hearted, all transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, and quickly raise them up from their bed of sickness, we pray Thee, hearken and have mercy.
Again we pray that Ukraine be preserved from famine, pestilence, earthquake, flood, fire, the sword, the attack of enemies, and civil war; that our good and man loving God may be merciful a favorable to those who are still trapped in the destroyed buildings and that He assist those who are attempting to rescue them.
Today (May 19th), our Bishop Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, the Eparch of Stamford, celebrates his birthday.
Bishop was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He entered the novitiate of the Order of St. Basil the Great, the Basilian Monastery in Glen Cove, New York, in November 1982 and professed final vows in Rome on January 1, 1988, ordained to the priesthood on October 1, 1988. He was appointed Exarch for Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain on April 5, 2002 and ordained bishop on June 11, 2002 by His Beatitude, Lubomyr Cardinal Husar and installed as fourth Eparch of Stamford, February 20, 2006.
Happy birthday, Bishop Paul! Many blessings!
Today, Sunday 26 April 2020, history marks 34 years since the world’s worst nuclear disaster – Chornobyl.
Let us commemorate the victims and honor their memory with prayer.
The Office of Religious Education of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma produced a series with Father Marek Visnovsky who will be talking about how icons are made and the symbolism behind each stage of the process – for kids!
Horizons Media produced the video.
Excellent intro, even for adults.
Interesting news for the Byzantine world! ” Archaeological experts from the University of Alicante in Spain have recently identified the first Byzantine monastery ever found on the Iberian peninsula,” located in the area of Elda, Alicante.
UNWLA branch 108 will be taking orders for Ukrainian Easter bread (pascha). They will be available for pick up on April 4 and 5; there will only be a limited amount available so pre-order your paska now. To place an order call or text Anna at 203-506-1818 or e-mail email@example.com
108 Biдділ Cоюз Українок буде пекти паски на продаж 4 і 5 Квітня. Прошу замоляти паски в Гані 203-506-1818
“This mainly young group of people – none of whom are ethnic Ukrainian and many who were not raised Catholic – has breathed new life into not only the shrine community, but the overall Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church in Canada.”
Book spotlights ‘new faces’ in Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada
By Christopher Guly/Special to The Ukrainian Weekly
h/t: Sheptytsky Institute
A light on a dreary January Saturday is the very beautiful performance of the Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble @KofCMuseum.
The selection of music was taken from Christmas. If you weren’t here you missed something great! A good 75 people enjoyed a bit of culture. Even Bishop Paul showed up!