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Ukrainian Orthodox Word: June-July Issue - 07/19/17

Українське Православне Слово - Червень-Липень


Archbishop Daniel Visits Jones, OK - 07/18/17

His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, arrived in Oklahoma City during the early evening of Friday, July 14th where the parish pastor, Archimandrite Raphael, greeted Vladyka and seminarian Ihor Protsak at the airport. This is Vladyka Daniel’s first time to his parish in Central Oklahoma since being elevated to Archbishop.


The 70th Annual UOL Convention – 26-30 July, 2017 - 07/15/17

Register NOW! Woonsocket, RI


Храмове свято св. Івана Хрестителя - 07/12/17

Бог Творець, створивши світ видимий і невидимий виявляє милість Свою до всього створеного. А все Ним створене прославляє велич і святість Божу.

Особливе місце займає святкування храмового свята. Ми маємо багато назв для цього дня: день народження парафії, день освячення храму, але кожного року святкуючи, розуміємо одне, що будучи учасниками Божого промислу на нас, неприривного життя Церкви- Божого дому на землі.


Archbishop Daniel Visits All Saints Camp - 07/11/17

Campers, Counselors and Staff were pleased to welcome Archbishop Daniel, on his annual visit to All Saints Camp on Saturday, July 9, 2017 for the conclusion of the Diocesan Church School Camp. Over 100 campers, parents and staff assembled at our peaceful and beautiful All Saints Camp to finish the first two weeks of 2017 camping season.  It was an amazing two-weeks discovering the Champions of Faith.  Campers gathered daily in prayer at St. Thomas Chapel.  The days that followed included interactive church school classes based on the theme, singing/music, games, crafts and various activities. 


Archpastoral Visit To St. Vladimir Parish, Ambridge PA - 07/09/17

Some might think a sunny Sunday in the summer is not to be “wasted” in Church, but the parishioners of St. Vladimir in Ambridge know better. His Eminence, Archbishop Daniel made a much-appreciated Hierarchal visitation to the Parish on Sunday, July 9, the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, accompanied by seminarians Subdeacon Mykola Zomchak and Yurij Bobko.


2017 Meeting of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine - 07/07/17

The 2017 meeting of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine (PCB) was conducted on 30 June – 2 July 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at the Consistory Office and the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.  Participating in this year’s meeting were His Eminence Metropolitan Yuriy of the UOC of Canada (All Canada and the Central Eparchy), His Eminence Metropolitan Antony of the UOC of the USA (and Eastern Eparchy) and all the Church in Diaspora, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of the UOC of USA and Diaspora (Western Europe) and His Grace Bishop Andriy of the UOC of Canada (Eastern Eparchy).  Unable to participate in the meeting were Bishop Ilarion of the UOC of Canada (Western Eparchy), due to illness and Archbishop Jeremiah of the South America Eparchy (UOC of USA).


Metropolitan Antony Leads the 60th Parish Anniversary Celebration in WA - 06/28/17

Святкування 60-ти ліття парафіяльної родини Святої Тройці в місті Сієтл із Митрополитом Антонієм.


Archbishop Daniel Consecrates the Renewed Altar at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Manhattan, NY - 06/27/17

A parish building with a history of about 200 years was a place of spiritually uplifting weekend celebration of the Third Sunday After Pentecost, the feast day of St. Onufriy the Great as well as the observance of parish Feast Day of All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church in New York City, NY.


2017 Winter Mission Trip to Znamianka Orphanage in Ukraine - 06/24/17

With the blessing of the Council of Bishops, the Consistory Office of Christian Charity in cooperation with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA announce the date for the winter missionary trip to Znamyanka Orphanage for the faithful of our Church.


The 2017 Sacred Music Retreat at St. Sophia Seminary Was A Success - 06/22/17

From 12-16 June, St. Sophia Seminary hosted a retreat on Ukrainian Orthodox chanting and choir directing.  All the participants agreed that it should be the first of many; Lord willing, that will be the case!


Metropolitan Antony Meets With the President of Ukraine - 06/20/17

His Eminence Metropolitan Antony met with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko as he started his working visit to the U.S. paying tribute to the victims of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine and having a conversation with the Ukrainian community.


Archbishop Daniel is Honored by KropyvnytskyKirovohrad State Congress - 06/19/17

Upon the recommendation of Tatiana Ivanivna Valko, director of Znamynka children’s orphanage and upon the approval of Kirovohrad State Congress, the Speaker of the State Congress Oleksander Chervoivanenko formally received His Eminence Archbishop Daniel. During the hour long meting a discussion took place about the various ministerial opportunities of UOC of the USA in the orphanages in Ukraine as well as the assistance that has been provided by the Church to the families of fallen soldiers of the ongoing war conflict in Eastern Ukraine.


UOC of the USA Mission Team Spends Time with the Orphans in the Capital of Ukraine - 06/19/17

The ten-day visit to Ukrainian orphanage in Znamyanka or Kropyvnytsky region concluded with the departure of the entire Mission Team of the UOC of the USA to the capital of Ukraine – Kyiv. However, this departure also included ten children with minor mobility disability from Znamyanka.


2017 Mission Team of the UOC of the USA Serves in Ukraine - 06/18/17

So, as we conclude our Mission Trip to Znamyanka, we ask for your prayers for about 120 teachers, some 60 to 80 staff members and us – the Missionaries - the representatives of the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA under the leadership of our spiritual fathers Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel.


HOLY TRINITY CHURCH IN WHALEYVILLE, MD CELEBRATES ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF SERVICE TO THE LORD - 06/12/17

Sunday, June 11, 2017 was a hot and humid day. It did not stop the Parish Family of Holy Trinity from celebrating its 60th Anniversary of Service to the Lord. Over 50 people crowded the small, farming village white Church in anticipation of the arrival of their Archpastor, His Eminence, Metropolitan Antony, Prime Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Ruling Bishop of the Eastern Eparchy to celebrate the 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving. Arriving with His Eminence was Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay of the Cathedral of St. Volodymyr in Parma, Ohio. Our Seminarians from Saint Sophia Seminary also escorted His Eminence to the Church: Subdeacon Mykhaylo Bukalo, Ihor Protock, Tadei Surak and Hryhoriy Matviiv.


10-12 August, 2017: Chicago Deanery Is to Host 2017 Altar Servers Retreat - 05/30/17

Almost every time we go to our parish churches for Divine services we see altar servers in the Holy Space (sanctuary), but do we really understand their purpose there? Can we say we really appreciate the importance of their ministry? This brings up the question of whether or not the altar servers themselves understand their role in the Church.


СВЯТО ПЕРШОЇ СПОВІДІ У СОБОРІ СВ. КН. ВОЛОДИМИРА В ЧИКАГО - 05/23/17

Ось і завершились пасхальні дні Воскресіння Христового. Як швидко плинуть дні, минають роки життя нашого. Ще вчора наші діти були зовсім крихітками, а тепер вступають в своє свідоме доросле життя. Свята Церква, - наша добра матір,- нагадує нам про це Першою Сповіддю наших діточок. “Дорогі батьки! Ваш син, ваша дочка вступають в свідоме доросле життя! Наступив знаковий перехід від безтурботного дитинства до повсякденного усвідомлення відповідальності за свої вчинки. З цього моменту вони нарівні з вами приступатимуть до Святого Причастя після сповіді, усвідомлюючи всю складність людських поступків!”


All Saints Camp on Ancient Faith Radio - 04/25/17

Bobby Maddex interviews Natalie Kapeluck Nixon, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Fr. John Haluszczak, the priest at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Chaplain of St. Thomas Chapel at All Saints Camp in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, and Larry Kopp, the Manager of All Saints Camp.


UOC Camping Season Information - Now Available! - 04/03/17

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2017 Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camping Season at All Saints Camp - "Champions of the Faith. " Applications for campers and staff are now available. The dates for our encampments are:


Annual Conference “Resiliency: Body, Mind and Spirit" - 02/23/17

The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion is pleased and honored to announce the 2017 Conference theme - "Resiliency: Body, Mind and Spirit." This pan-Orthodox gathering of healing professionals, clergy, and all interested persons will be held November 2 - 4 at the Cultural Center of the Spiritual Headqurters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Churchof the USA  Cultural Center in Somerset, NJ.


Holy Land Pilgrimage with His Eminence Metropolitan Antony - 02/01/17


Ukrainian American Veterans Scholarship Available - 01/11/17

The Scholarship Committee of the Ukrainian American Veterans decides and awards scholarship money to college students who are descendants or relatives Ukrainian American Veterans.To be eligible for a UAV scholarship, applicants must be descendants or related to Ukrainian American Veterans and be a full-time matriculated college student in a degree program. Additionally, students from accredited trade schools or institutions that have degree programs are eligible as well. Students can apply while in their senior year of high school, college attendance will be verified before the awards are given in the fall semester. Applications are accepted all-year-round and the deadline for each year is on the last day of August. Moreover, undergraduate students may reapply for scholarship awards.


Archived News
5-13 August - High School Mission Trip - 07/05/17

Application Process is Open

Statement of the Council of Bishops of the UOC of the USA on the 241st Anniversary of US Independence - 07/01/17

As Ukrainian Americans and Orthodox Christians we celebrate this freedom.  We recognize the blessings that freedom has provided to our families and ourselves as we live, work, and worship in this country.  We also recognize the value of freedom in emphasizing our heritage and identity.  We are free to share this cherished heritage in an environment that values freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas and diversity.

Hierarchs of the UOC of the USA Attend the Celebration of the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul (According to Gregorian Calendar) at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Chicago, IL, Welcoming a New Bishop for Ukrainian Catholics - 06/30/17

In a spirit of ecumenical brotherly love and following the example of leaders of Orthodox and Catholic Churches: His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel attended liturgical Services of Enthronement of a new Eparchial bishop for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Diocese of Chicago on 28-29 June, 2017.

Statement of the Council of Bishops of the UOC of the USA and Diaspora on the Most Recent Terrorist Attacks - 06/04/17

This morning, as we celebrate the Life-Giving feast of Pentecost we pray, and invite all Christians of good will to pray, for those who were killed yesterday and for their families, for the injured and their loved ones and for those who are hard at work assisting them, for the police forces who face formidable challenges, and for our leaders and countries around the globe threatened by terrorist activity, so that together we will remain in unity and peace of heart.

Memory Eternal: Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago - 06/04/17

In behalf of all the clergy and faithful of our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA we extend sincere sympathy to you all at the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. His Eminence was truly a devoted hierarch of the Archdiocese serving in many capacities throughout his long and accomplished service to God in the Holy Trinity. 

Blessing of the Renewed Dome and Cross -Благословення Відновленого купола та хреста - 06/03/17

У Ярдвілі‚ Ню-Джерзі‚ 30 травня Архієпископ Української Православної Церкви США Даниїл разом з настоятелем церкви св. Юрія Перемoжця от. Петром Левко і оператором крану Френсісом Гуттою піднялися над храмом і благoслoвили оновлені та позолочені купол і хрест церкви. На висоті Владика Даниïл i oтець Петрo торкнулися хреста‚ який вже понад 40 років вінчає храм. Саме під час благoслoвiння прoйшoв короткочасний дoщ‚ але вiн не порушив церемонії.

College Age Mission Team Departs for Annual Trip to Ukrainian Orphanages - 06/02/17

Reflecting upon the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: “'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”, the college age students of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA prayerfully responded to our Lord’s call and offered themselves to serve as Mission Team Members of the UOC of the USA to the Ukrainian Orphanages during 2-17 June, 2017.

Joint Committee Of Orthodox And Catholic Bishops Convenes, Talks About Unity and Pastoral Issues - 06/01/17

The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops and North-American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation convened on May 31-June 2, 2017, at the Saint John’s Inn in Plymouth, Michigan. The purpose of the Joint Committee is to contribute to the restoration of full communion between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church.

Memory Eternal: A Letter of Condolence from the Council of Bishops of UOC of the USA Upon the Repose of Cardinal Lubomyr Husar - 06/01/17

On behalf of the Council of Bishops, the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora, we are offering our profound condolences on the falling asleep in the Lord of the deeply beloved and respected Cardinal Lubomyr Husar.

Archbishop Daniel Leads Memorial Service at the Grave of Ukrainian Hero Symon Petliura - 05/28/17

On Sunday afternoon, at 3PM local Paris (France) time, in the presence of Ukrainian-French community, Orthodox and Catholic clergy, representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine in France and Ambassador Oleg Shamshur, Archbishop Daniel led a Memorial Service at the cemetery in Paris for a hero who was killed 91 years ago - May 25, 1926 - Symon Vasylyovych Petliura (May 22, 1879 – May 25, 1926) a publicist, writer, journalist, Ukrainian politician, statesman of the Ukrainian People's Republic, and national leader who led Ukraine's struggle for independence was assassinated in the center of Paris.

His Eminence Archbishop Daniel Begins the Archpastoral Visit of the Ukrainian Orthodox Communities in France - 05/26/17

On 24-29 May, 2017 His Eminence Archbishop Daniel formally conducts the Archpastoral visit of the Ukrainian Orthodox communities in France. With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and upon election by the Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Diaspora, Vladyka Daniel serves as a Ruling Hierarch of the Eparchy of Western Europe as well as of Great Britain. The first Archpastoral visit began with a celebration of the Feast of Ascension at St. Simon Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Paris, France. 

Archpastoral Visit to St. Vladimir Parish in Pittsburgh, PA - 05/25/17

On a cool, spring Sunday morning, the parish family at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox church gathered for the Divine Liturgy, but this was not just your average Sunday. The parish family was blessed to greet His Eminence Archbishop Daniel and welcome him to our community with Deacon John Charest, Subdeacon Mykola Zomchak, and Seminarian Ihor Protsak. On this fifth Sunday after Pascha, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel joined the parishioners of St. Vladimir’s to remember the fifth anniversary of the repose of our dear spiritual father Metropolitan Constantine of blessed memory. His visit also celebrated twenty-five years of service in the Holy Priesthood of Father John Haluszczak, and the tonsuring as Reader a parishioner - Nicholas Sampson.

Remembering Metropolitan Constantine… 5 Years Later - 05/22/17

Celebration and commemoration often go hand-in-hand.  Five years have flown by, but, it seems like yesterday that Metropolitan Constantine of Blessed Memory was celebrating the 40th anniversary of his episcopal consecration surrounded by clergy and faithful from around the nation and the world! Those gathered basked in the glow of His Beatitude as he spoke of his early years, talking fondly of Pittsburgh, of his family and church family, and happily expounding upon the joys of All Saints Camp.  Everyone had smiled and rejoiced along with His Beatitude on such a momentous anniversary. However, all too soon their tears of joy, were replaced with tears of sorrow, as Metropolitan Constantine fell asleep in the Lord only a day later.

St. Sophia Seminary Holds Its Commencement Exercises - 05/22/17

On Saturday, May 20th, St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary held its commencement celebration at St. Andrew Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, N.J.  The festivities began with the procession of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, members of the faculty, and seminarians.  After the hierarchs had come in and venerated the altar, Rev. Fr. Vasyl Pasakas, the Assistant Dean of Men, and Rev. Fr. Vasyl Shak, Assistant Professor of Church History, led us in the Moleben prayers.  This was a wonderful reminder that without God we can do nothing (St. John 15:5) and that it is God's desire to bless us and fill our needs (St. Matthew 7:7-9) and helped us better appreciate the gift the Lord has sent us in the form of committed seminarians who are willing to sacrifice themselves to serve God and neighbor.

St. Sophia Seminary Book Club Meets - 05/19/17

The first St. Sophia Seminary Library Book Club meeting took place this past Thursday, May 18th. The Book Club meeting took place at Metropolitan John Library of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary at the Metropolia Center in Somerset, New Jersey. The Metropolia Center in New Jersey serves as the spiritual hub for the entire Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and is conveniently located near several of our UOC of USA parishes in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as many non-UOC parishes. This central location was a perfect spot for Orthodox and even non-Orthodox to gather to learn more about the faith and have a spiritually uplifting evening. 

Archbishop Daniel Leads Services for the Fifth Sunday After Pascha in McKees Rocks, PA - 05/15/17

A small town of over 6,000 residents and a rich history of over 253 years since its formal foundation – McKees Rocks, PA is a home for generations of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians that weekly worship at the Dormition of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Ella Street.

12-16 June, 2017 - Seminary Retreat: Sacred Music and Worship - 05/11/17

We are offering a Sacred Music and Theology Retreat 12-16 June at the Seminary!  It is designed for prospective and active chanters, choir directors, and anyone who wants to experience seminary life and a daily cycle of services.  

AXIOS! Your Eminence Archbishop Daniel - 05/10/17

AXIOS!  AXIOS!  AXIOS!
Archbishop Daniel Celebrates 

16th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination
9th Anniversary of Episcopal Consecration
 

Храмове свято в церкві Святого Юрія Переможця в Ярдвілі - 05/09/17

Щовесни, коли природа одягає свої найкращі шати, церква Святого Юрія Переможця в Ярдвілі відзначає Храмове свято. Мелодія свята розлилася по великій залі, зазирнула у класи школи, розклала останні акорди дивовижно-чудовими букетами на обідніх столах.

Visit of Archbishop Daniel to Saint Anthony of the Desert Mission, Las Cruces, NM - 05/08/17

In his sermon Vladyka Daniel stressed the nature of the church as healing source.  All of us need spiritual healing, but in accord with the Paralytic of the Gospel for the day, Vladyka stressed that we must pay attention to that need. Cleansed by our baptism, we are free to seek out the healing that we are promised.  This freedom enables us to live in community, entering into the suffering of others to aid in their healing, because we are saved not as individuals, but together in the community of Christ.

LUBA May: National Foster Care Month - 05/02/17

Spiritually Uplifting Celebration in Warners, NY - 05/01/17

Кожен день є Божим благословенням. Проте є  дні особливі, які потребують особливого духовного приготування, молитви, душевного піднесення, науки, старань душевних. Таким особливим став для нас, прихожан УПЦ св Апостола Луки в місті Сиракьюзи, штат Нью Йорк, день Першої Сповіді для семи наших діток.

Consecration of Restored Sts. Peter and Paul Parish West Islip, Long Island, NY - 04/29/17

The consecration began with the procession around the exterior of the Church with the relics of St. Basil the Great, one of the three great Holy Hierarchs and Teaches of the Orthodox Church.  St. Basil’s relics were placed in the new altar and the Metropolitan assured the faithful that because of their presence, their Church edifice was never “empty”, for St. Basil will always be present offering his prayers to God for their salvation.   The Metropolitan led the beautiful and ancient rite of the consecration of a new alter was very moving for all present, followed by the consecration of the entire interior of the Church through the anointment of its walls with Holy Chrism by Archbishop Daniel and the sprinkling with Holy Water.

Monthly “Book Club” at the Library of St. Sophia Seminary - 04/28/17

The Consistory Office of Public Relations is pleased to announce the formation of a monthly “Book Club” gathering at Saint Sophia Theological Library, which will launch in May 2017. The Library serves the needs of the student body of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary as well as clergy of the UOC of USA and any other interested patrons.

Seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary Mark the 31st Anniversary of Chornobyl Nuclear Explosion at the Metropolia Center of the UOC of the USA - 04/26/17

Visitors of the Metropolia Center of the UOC of the USA often notice a dead tree in front of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook/Somerset, NJ, which for years has been informally referred to as a symbolic monument to the tragic events of April 26, 1986 – the day of Chornobyl Nuclear explosion. 

Assembly of Bishops Releases National Study on Outreach and Evangelism in Orthodox Parishes in the US - 04/25/17

The first ever, national study on evangelization and outreach in Orthodox parishes in the United States has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. 

St. Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage Brings Thousands to the Spiritual Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, NJ - 04/24/17

As the bells of St. Andrew Memorial Church began to peal, echoing throughout the Metropolia Complex, the faithful, which had arrived for the St. Thomas Sunday festivities, gathered at the foot of the church steps to greet their hierarchs.  The children, dressed in Ukrainian Vyshyvanka (embroidery), squirmed and rehearsed the words they would say upon greeting His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, and His Eminence Archbishop Daniel.

Metropolitan Council Concludes Its Annual Meeting at the Metropolia Center of the UOC of the USA - 04/21/17

With the Metropolia Center bustling with activity as preparations were underway for the St. Thomas Sunday weekend festivities, the second day of the annual Metropolitan Council meeting convened with a short prayer and the blessing of the hierarchs.

Council of Metropolia of the UOC of the USA Called Into Session - 04/20/17

On a warm, slightly overcast day, the Metropolia Center buzzed as the members of the Metropolitan Council gathered for their annual meeting.  Present were His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, along with eight members of the clergy and seven laypeople.

2017 St. Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage - 04/19/17

Great and Holy Pascha at St. Katherine Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Arden Hills, MN - 04/18/17

В ніч з 15 на 16 квітня о 12 год ночі в храмі розпочалось святкове Воскресне Богослужіння. Його очолив сам Архиєрей УПЦ США Високопреосвященніший Архиєпископ Даниїл, який разом з семінаристами Іподияконом Миколою Зомчаком, Тадеєм Сураком та Юрієм Бобком здійснив свій Архипастирський візит, щоб розділити радість Світлого Воскресіння разом з настоятелем храму о. Петром та усіма парафіянами храму. Допомагали у вівтарі під час Богослужіння Іподиякон Віктор та прислужники храму.

Pascha in our Parishes - 04/18/17

Selection of pictures submitted by the parishes taken during Holy Week and Bright Week.

The Paschal Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Outside the Borders of Ukraine - 04/15/17

We offer heartfelt greetings to the clergy, deacons, and monastics of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the diaspora during this festive, Paschal season, as well as to our youth and children. We offer a special greeting to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, who are bearing various trials and difficulties at this time in defense of their homeland. May the Risen Christ bring long-awaited peace and unity to every Ukrainian family, strengthen our faith, fill our hearts with spiritual joy, and increase our love, so that we will be able to fully delight in the joy of these bright, Paschal days!

Patriarchal Encyclical For Holy Pascha 2017 - 04/14/17

This message – of the victory of life over death, of the triumph of the joyful light of the paschal candle over the darkness of disorder and dissolution – is announced to the whole world from the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the invitation to experience the unwaning light of the resurrection. We invite you all to stand with faith and hope before the risen Christ and before the mystery of life. We invite all of you to trust the risen Lord, the master of joy and delight, who holds the reigns of the entire creation. Christ is risen, then, brothers and sisters! May the grace and boundless mercy of the lord of life and master over death be with you all.

Great and Holy Saturday at St. Katherine Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Arden Hills, MN - 04/13/17

On Holy Saturday, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel once again presided over the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great at St. Katherine Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Arden Hills, MN, during which numerous faithful of Minneapolis Metropolitan area prayerfully gathered to reflect upon the great Mystery of Salvation of the Crucified Savior. The pastor of the cathedral parish family Very Rev. Fr. Petro Siwko assisted Vladyka Daniel.

His Eminence Archbishop Daniel Gives Interview to Chicago's Ukrainian Independent Radio Station - 04/13/17

Recorder Interview (in Ukrainian language) granted by His Eminence Archbishop Daniel to Chicago's Ukrainian Independent Radio Station, reflecting upon the spiritual meaning of our journey through the Final days of Holy Week, leading to the glorious feast of Pascha - Iнтерв'ю Архієпископа Даниїла для Українського Незалежного Радіо Чікаго, роздумуючи над останніми днями Страсного Тижня, прямуючи до Світлого та Радісного Свята Воскресіння Господнього.

Archbishop Daniel Leads Liturgical Services of the Great and Holy Friday at St. Katherine Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Arden Hills, MN - 04/13/17

On this holy day, the faithful commemorated the death of Christ on the Cross and His burial, with the spiritual father of the cathedral community and the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, who was assisted by the pastor of the parish’s community Very Rev. Fr. Petro Siwko. The liturgical services of the day are the culmination of the observance of His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins. This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concludes with a Vespers on Friday afternoon/evening that observes the veneration of the shroud.

Great and Holy Friday - 04/13/17

On Great and Holy Friday the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross. This is the culmination of the observance of His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins. This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concludes with a Vespers on Friday afternoon that observes the unnailing of Christ from the Cross and the placement of His body in the tomb.

Holy Thursday Liturgical Services in Minneapolis, MN - 04/13/17

There are four events commemorated on Thursday of Holy Week: the washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas. The faithful of Minneapolis Ukrainian Orthodox Communities of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA were blessed to experience all four of these sacred commemorations, while attending the liturgical services of the day at St. Katherine Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Arden Hills, MN and Holy Archangel Michael/St. George Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN.

Great and Holy Thursday - 04/12/17

On Thursday of Holy Week four events are commemorated: the washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas.

Holy Unction Service at Holy Archangel Michael/St. George Ukrainian Orthodox Church Served by the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel and the Clergy of MN area - 04/12/17

On the afternoon or evening of Great and Holy Wednesday, the Sacrament or Mystery of Holy Unction is conducted in Orthodox parishes. The Sacrament of Holy Unction is offered for the healing of soul and body and for forgiveness of sins. At the conclusion of the service of the Sacrament, the body is anointed with oil, and the grace of God, which heals infirmities of soul and body, is called down upon each person. The Sacrament is performed by a gathering of priests, ideally seven in number, however, it can be performed by a lesser number and even by a single priest.

Great and Holy Week in the Orthodox Church - 04/10/17

Beginning on the evening of Palm Sunday and continuing through the evening of Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church observes a special service known as the Service of the Bridegroom. The name of the service is from the figure of the Bridegroom in the parable of the Ten Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13.

A Letter of Condolence from the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago - 04/09/17

Once again, the Holiest week of the Christian calendar has begun with an attack on the Body of Christ in the form of two bomb blasts at Palm Sunday events in Egypt. Currently, the death toll stands at 49, according to Egyptian state media reports. 18 people were killed in a blast in Alexandria, while at least 27 were killed and 78 injured in an explosion in a church in the northern city of Tanta. With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, Archbishop Daniel – the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy joined dozens of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago in the most solemn expression of condolence.

Prayerful Celebration of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem – Palm Sunday – at the Holy Archangel Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in San Francisco, CA - 04/09/17

9 квітня 2017 року Свята Православна Церква молитовно вшановує Вхід Господній в Єрусалим. З нагоди цього свята в усіх храмах Української Православної Церкви США відбулись святкові богослужіння з традиційним посвяченням верби. Не винятком став храм Св. Архистратига Божого Михаїла в м. Сан Франциско, штату Каліфорнія.

Palm Sunday: The Feast of the Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem - 04/08/17

On the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha and at the beginning of Holy Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its most joyous feasts of the year. Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Having anticipated His arrival and having heard of the miracle, the people went out to meet the Lord and welcomed Him with displays of honor and shouts of praise. On this day, we receive and worship Christ in this same manner, acknowledging Him as our King and Lord.

Saturday of the Holy and Righteous Friend of Christ, Lazarus - 04/07/17

On the Saturday before Holy Week, the Orthodox Church commemorates a major feast of the year, the miracle of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when he raised Lazarus from the dead after he had lain in the grave four days. Here, at the end of Great Lent and the forty days of fasting and penitence, the Church combines this celebration with that of Palm Sunday. In triumph and joy the Church bears witness to the power of Christ over death and exalts Him as King before entering the most solemn week of the year, one that leads the faithful in remembrance of His suffering and death and concludes with the great and glorious Feast of Pascha.

Audit Committee of the UOC of the USA Convenes Prior to the Annual Meeting of the Council of Metropolia - 04/07/17

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA’s Audit Committee met at the spiritual headquarters – Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, NJ on Thursday and Friday, April 6-7, 2017 to review the financial reports of the Consistory, which serves as the Church’s executive body as well as financial reports of Central Organizations of the UOC of the USA.

1-15 April, 2017 - Celebrate National Library Week at Saint Sophia Library - 04/05/17

The Theological Library at Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary will be participating in the National Library Week from April 9-15, 2017. Visit the Library, located at the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, during business hours and learn more about the institution and services offered.

Great Lent Giveaway 2017: Benefitting Zoe for Life - 04/05/17

The Great Lent Giveaway was designed as a way for our youth to learn about the beauty of Great Lent and instill in them that Great Lent is not only a time of fasting but a time to do good works and of contemplation, while preparing for the death and Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The current year program and programs from past years are provided below. They may be used during Great Lent or be adapted for use during your normal Youth Group Sessions. The GLG is a partnership of the OYM and the Jr. Ukrainian Orthodox League.

Annual UOL Lenten Retreat Took Place in Bethlehem, PA - 04/02/17

On April 1, 2017 we were blessed that one hundred and forty eight faithful gathered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at the St. Francis Center for Renewal.  For over a decade the Ukrainian Orthodox League has been sponsoring a Lenten Retreat in the Bethlehem area.  We were thrilled that over one hundred faithful from our Ukrainian Orthodox Church participated in the retreat.  This was the highest attended retreat with extra seats needed in the chapel to accommodate our group.    

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