“Rosary of Unity”: St. Michael’s Parish in Jenkintown, PA Joins the Global Ukrainian Prayer

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On Saturday, September 11th, the parish community of St. Michael’s in Jenkintown joined together in the prayer of the rosary on Zhyve.TV, the internet television of Ukrainian Catholic Church. The prayer was led by the Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, Andriy Rabiy, who at the present time is the administrator of St. Michael’s parish. The “Rosary of Unity” is the media project of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (UCC) that aims to unite the faithful in Ukraine and the world.

During his opening remarks, Bishop Andriy highlighted the figure of John the Baptist, whose feast of beheading is celebrated on September 11th, according to Julian calendar. He stressed that in this feast everyone is reminded about the call to live life in the truth and according to the Gospel.

Afterwards, Auxiliary Bishop led those present with him in the church as well those who were tuned in in the livestream through the prayer of the rosary. They mediated on the glorious mysteries of the rosary: Resurrection of the Lord, Ascension into Heaven, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Assumption and the Coronation of the Mother of God in heaven. The prayer of the rosary was concluded by the hymn “It is truly right to bless You, O God-bearing One”.

In closing, Bishop Andriy thanked the children and faithful who joined him today. He assured everyone that the Lord is taking care of them. The joint prayer session ended with the Bishop giving the final blessing to those who participated in the prayer of the rosary.

About project
“Rosary of Unity” is the media project of the Ukrainian Catholic Church that aims to unite her faithful in daily prayer of rosary at 8:00pm Kyiv time with the help of Internet. The project begun on October 14, 2020 on the feast of Patronage of the Mother of God, according to Julian calendar with the blessing of the Head of Ukrainian Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav. The prayer is led by the bishops, priests and religious from Ukraine and the parishes and eparchies outside of Ukraine. Since March 28, 2021 on Sundays, the faithful have the opportunity to pray the Jesus Prayer, while the rosary is recited from Monday to Saturday. The first Jesus Prayer in this project was led by Patriarch Sviatoslav. The idea of the project belongs to Fr. Ihor Yatsiv, the head of the Department for Information of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The prayer is live-streamed on Facebook-page and YouTube-channel of Zhyve.TV, the internet television of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

About Parish
St. Michael the Archangel Parish is located in Jenkintown, PA in the suburbs of Philadelphia and is one of the two parishes of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia that uses the Julian calendar (the other parish in Holy Trinity Parish in Silver Spring, MD). Currently the pastoral care is temporally entrusted to the Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, Most Rev. Andriy Rabiy. The parish has many communities such as Sisterhood of Saint Anna, Mothers in Prayer, etc.

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