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.
November 13, 2016 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, D.C. Celebrating with gratitude the 75th Anniversary of Saint Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary, Washington, DC. (Photo: Stanley Murzyn)
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.
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.
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Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
CATECHETICAL SUNDAY 2016: COMMUNION WITH GOD
Every Christian receives in Holy Baptism the gift of God’s Life, which is lived out most fully in the mystical-liturgical life of the Church.
In the Eastern Christian tradition, the traditional form or method of religious education is liturgical in nature because its main purpose and aim is to incorporate the individual person ever deeper into the mystical life of the Church, the Body of Christ. Catechesis, then, is intimately tied to, founded upon, and directed toward the Liturgy, because it is in the Liturgy that the fullness of Divine Life is revealed and communicated.Continue reading