Spiritual Regulations for the Great Fast

Although our Church traditionally prescribed abstention from meat and dairy products in days gone by for the entire duration of the Great Fast, the following are the minimal Lenten regulations today:

Abstinence from meat and all dairy products on the First Day of the Great Fast and on Good Friday.

Abstinence from meat only on all Fridays of the Great Fast as well as Holy Saturday. It is also traditional to abstain from meat on Wednesdays during the Great Fast.

Reception of the Holy Mysteries of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist during the period from the onset of Great Fast to the Wednesday before Ascension Thursday.

The Fasting and Abstinence regulations are not binding on persons 60 or older, the very poor, sick, nursing or pregnant women, children below the age of 14, and those who engage in physically very hard labor. However, all are urged, if able to do so, to observe the fasting and abstinence regulations.

All the faithful are urged to attend the Lenten services such as the Presanctified Liturgy and the Commemoration of the Deceased (Sorokousty).

Such good deeds as almsgiving, visitation of the sick, Bible reading and praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life are most earnestly recommended to all the Faithful.

Great Fast Liturgical Guidelines

The weekdays of the Great Fast are aliturgical meaning no Divine Liturgy, even for funerals, should be celebrated except for the Feast of the Annunciation. On Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is to be celebrated. Typika may be used the other days. For funerals, the liturgical text used by the New Jersey Protopresbyterate or St. Michael Church in Frackville may be utilized. The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is to be celebrated for Sunday Liturgies during this time.

During Holy Week, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is to be celebrated Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no Divine Liturgy celebrated on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. On Holy Thursday evening, Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great should be celebrated. On Holy Saturday evening, Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is to be celebrated.

National Catholic Schools Week By Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka

National Catholic Schools Week will be observed from January 29th to February 4th at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School in Minersville, PA, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School in Passaic, NJ, Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic School in Perth Amboy, NJ and St. Basil Academy in Fox Chase, PA.

This year’s theme “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” celebrates who every person involved in a Catholic School is called to be. Jesus, the Good Shepherd “came that they might have life and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10). We are invited to an abundant life in Jesus Christ. When we fully live and breathe this faith, we live in His abundance. It cannot help but raise the standard of all of life around us.

Our heartfelt gratitude is offered to all who are part of the family of our four schools. We acknowledge and thank the clergy, religious Sisters, the administrators, teachers, and all of the support staff for their sharing of this giftedness in their skills through their person. This enables each school to reflect abundant life in Jesus Christ.

Special thanks to the parents who seek the best for their children and offer their love and support for the school staff and students. You do it because of your living out your inspired desire for abundant life. We admire your tremendous personal and financial sacrifices to ensure a high standard of education and religious formation for your children.

Uppermost are our admiration and best wishes for every student in each school family. The highest ideals of a Catholic school can only encourage each student to strive to be their best in the pursuit of the abundant life offered to all by Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We pray for each student as each grows in the skills and understanding of achieving the best in your Catholic School family. May all grow in closeness with Jesus as we strive to be fully who we are called to be as a faithful student of a valued Ukrainian Catholic school.

We are particularly grateful for the meaningful example of excellence each school provides for the Church and for the community of which they are a part. The striving for high standards in Catholic education positively encourages others to excel in who they are and in how they live within the community. A Catholic School which raises its standard is fulfilling its mission of inspiring others to excellence, and thereby living the abundant life in Jesus Christ.

Especially helpful are the individual organizations and businesses who offer financial help to our Ukrainian Catholic schools. Donations by persons and groups who desire to support the high standard of education and religious formation in our schools are enablers. Such valued donors truly breathe Jesus Christ’s call to abundant life. Can there be a better way to share one’s wealth and blessings than with children growing in knowledge and faith? Choose to financially help our Ukrainian Catholic schools to fulfill their sacred mission to teach and prepare our children with high standards and ideals.

All involved in our Ukrainian Catholic schools will be especially remembered in prayers offered throughout National Catholic Schools Week. May your hearts be filled with gratitude as you reflect on your achievement at raising the standard of education. May all of us continue to be inspired to be our best providing the optimum example to those whom we serve and to those among whom we attempt to raise the standard of education.

God bless you richly in ways only He can!

Festival of Carols & Video of Clergy Caroling for Metropolitan Stefan

Clergy Carol for Metropolitan Stefan

A video of the Clergy of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and their families singing Christmas Carols for Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka at his residence on January 9, 2017. This video is just a sample of the festivities; clergy arrived all throughout the afternoon and evening to celebrate with Metropolitan Stefan.


St. Nicholas Feast Day 2016 at Cathedral

On December 6, 2016, the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, a Divine Liturgy was celebrated with Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Bishop David Motiuk visiting from the Edmonton Eparchy in Canada, as well as several clergy from the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Lisa Oprysk, cantor, as well as the Missionary Sisters of the Mother of God led in the responses to the Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, PA. Towards the end of the Divine Liturgy, Cathedral Rector, Rev. Roman Pitula wished greetings and Mnohaya Lita to everyone named Nicholas. The Divine Liturgy concluded with the singing of “O Kto Kto” to St. Nicholas.

Ukrainians of Washington, DC, commemorated the first anniversary of the Holodomor Memorial erection

The event started with a common prayer for Ukraine by priests of Ukrainian churches. Then Ambassador of Ukraine to the US Valeriy Chaly, Chairman of the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor Genocide Awareness 1932-1933 Michael Sawkiw, Head of the Central Election Commission Mykhailo Okhendovsky, deputy head of the Central Election Commission Andriy Magera, MPs of Ukraine Arthur Gerasymov and Igor Popov, architect Larysa Kurylas, other distinguished guests, laid symbolic bundles of wheat to the Memorial.

Ambassador Valeriy Chaly, on behalf of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and his wife Marina, congratulated audience on the anniversary of the Memorial and conveyed President’s words of gratitude to the Ukrainian diaspora of the USA and all those who made efforts into its construction: ” A year ago, due to the joint efforts of American partners, the Ukrainian community in America and the Ukrainian state, the Memorial was opened in Washington in order to become another evidence of the fact that our nation cannot be overcome by any troubles, any malicious intentions of foes, for Ukrainians strive for truth, freedom, democracy and peace on their land and in their country”.

Chairman of the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor Genocide Awareness 1932-33 Michael Sawkiw and Ambassador William Miller also delivered their welcome remarks.

The event ended by a performance of Kyiv Chamber Choir.


St. Josaphat Seminary 75th Anniversary Liturgy

Our Archeparchy is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Saint Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary. We invite you to join in the celebration of this momentous accomplishment, to be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family. A reception will follow in the lower hall.


4250 Harewood Road NE
Washington, DC 20017