The annual commemoration of Christ's sufferings, Death and Resurrection begins on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, the Saturday of Lazarus' resurrection, which is symbolic of Christ's Death and Resurrection. Holy Week services in the Byzantine rite are lengthy, contemplative and deeply penitential as we relive the mystery of our redemption. The services conducted within the … Continue reading Our Faith: Holy Week
Lent or the Great Fast begins on the Monday, seven weeks prior to Easter Sunday. It is regarded as a time for doing penance through the means of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Ukrainian Catholic Church has always considered the doing of penance a necessary condition for salvation. In the past faithful were required to … Continue reading Our Faith: Great Lent
The blessing of homes constitutes an invocative blessing, meaning that by his prayer and by the sprinkling of Holy Water the priest invokes God’s blessings and protection upon the home and those living in it. We bless homes for many reasons: † to reveal the home as what God had created it to be, a … Continue reading Why do we bless homes with holy water?
Dear Parishioners and Guests, Jesus Christ, was born today. Let us rejoice and be glad for the Savior has been born! May baby Jesus bless you and your family this Christmas with wonderful and spiritual gifts. May your hearts be filled with peace and faith in God. May your days of doubt be replaced with … Continue reading Christ is Born! Христос народився!
Today’s Gospel is from Luke 14: 16-24, The Parable of the Great Banquet. This story was told at a dinner that Jesus attended. Jesus just healed a man with dropsy & taught a brief lesson on serving others. Jesus then says that those who serve others “will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” At … Continue reading Sunday of the Holy Ancestors
On the 29th Sunday after Pentecost we hear a story about healing of ten lepers. And only one of those ten returned to thank Jesus. Have you ever thought why did only one cleansed leper return to thank Jesus? The following are eight suggested reasons why the nine did not return: One waited to see if the cure … Continue reading 29th Sunday after Pentecost
The Gospel passage for this Sunday is about a young ruler who approaches Jesus and requests a "list of deeds" to perform in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Fr. Alexander Men in writing about self-righteousness, describes the Pharisees at the time of Jesus: The idea that there is some “list of deeds” by performance … Continue reading 28th Sunday after Pentecost
In the Gospel on the 27th Sunday after Pentecost we hear an account of the healing of a woman who had been disabled, that is bent over and unable to stand erect, for 18 years. This healing illustrates for us the salvation that God has come to give to us. Just as this woman suffered and was … Continue reading 27th Sunday after Pentecost