Register for the 69th UOL Convention - July 27-31, 2016
Remember to Register for the 69th Annual Ukrainian Orthodox League Convention Hosted by Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church and UOL Chapters of Coatesville, PA
Teenage Conference Encampment – Spiritual Success Again
The second session of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camping Ministry, Teenage Conference, convened at All Saints Camp from July 10-23, 2016 forging into yet another year of spiritual success! Campers and staff joined together in the spirit of "Faith, Hope and Love", the TC 2016 theme.
18th Regular Council (SOBOR) of Australia and New Zealand Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Diaspora
The hierarchs, clergy and faithful of the Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand gathered at Pokrova – Protection of the Mother of God – Parish in Flemington (Sydney), New South Wales, Australia on 9-10 July. The Sobor meeting itself was preceded by meetings of the Eparchial Council, the Consistory and a short clergy conference. The participants of the Sobor represented all the parishes of the Eparchy. Metropolitan Antony, prime hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Diaspora, opened the Sobor with prayer and asked the other two hierarchs – the Eparchial Ruling Hierarch, Archbishop Ioan and His Grace Bishop Daniel, member of the Council of Bishops of the Church in Diaspora – to join him in blessing the Sobor.
Metropolitan Antony: “This Synod will be part of the history of the modern world”
Metropolitan Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora talks to Pemptousia and OCN and gives important information about the processes of the Holy Synod... Предстoятель Украïнськoï Правoславнoï церкви США i Дiаспoри, Митрoпoлит Антoнiй: "Цей Сoбoр стане iстoрiєю в цьoму мoдернoму свiтi."
Stewardship and the Great Council - A Reflection by Very Rev. Fr. Robert Holet
The timing couldn’t be better – as the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church convened in Crete with the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost, concluding on the Sunday of All Saints. Much will be written by many with far more profound insights into the historical, spiritual and theological meaning of the Council – as well as the implications of the participation of the Churches and, more notably, the non-participation of others, for whatever reasons. From my perspective, what is so encouraging is the refreshing sight of the Fathers of the Church as they step up – prayerfully, visibly and publically – to act as the stewards of the Lord’s Church in our age. Quietly, the prayer of many Orthodox Christians was that, through the Council, the Lord would pour forth a wave of spiritual enthusiasm, renewed insight and where necessary, needed change, to the Orthodox Church’s life and witness in the world today.
Introducing New “Orthodoxy in America” App - Available at No Charge
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA is pleased to introduce to the users of our web site a new app, created by Orthodox Web Solutions (Rev. Fr. John Parcells) - the host company of the web resources of the UOC of the USA
Hierarchs of the Church Meet with the Archbishop of Australia
On Thursday - July 7, 2016 – the feast day of Nativity of Holy Prophet John the Baptist, following the Liturgical services at St. Afanasiy Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Granville, (Australia) His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel, accompanied by Rev. Fr. Michael Solomko (St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Canberra) traveled to Sydney for a meeting with His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.
2016 Winter Mission Trip to Ukrainian Orphanage
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. This trip will take place 21-30 December, 2016.
9-19 November, 2016 - Holy Land Pilgrimage
Join His Grace Bishop Daniel, the Spiritual Father and Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA on the Trip to HOLY LAND during the month of November of 2016.
Hierarchs of the UOC of the USA Arrived to Australia to Participate in the 18th Regular Sobor Activities of Australia and New Zealand Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Diaspora
Ієрархи УПЦ США прибули до Сіднею, Австралії, для прийняття участі в 18-му Соборі Єпархії Австралії та Нової Зеландії Української Православної Церкви Діаспори.
Cleveland Community Donates $6,000 to the Church’s Orphanage Project
Клівлендська Громада Жертвує $6,000 на Церковний Фонд Сиротинців
Bishop Daniel Visits Diocesan Church School Camp at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp in Emlenton, PA
The Camping Ministry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA began on Sunday. June 26, 2016. The first session, Diocesan Church School Camp - offers an amazing program for children between the ages of 9 and 13. Over 90 campers and staff are enjoying fun-filled and faithful days. On June 27, 2016, the feast day of Holy Prophet Elisha, His Grace Bishop Daniel, accompanied by Rev. Fr. Vasyl Pasakas (Nativity of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox parish in South Plainfield, NJ) traveled to Emlenton, PA to visit the campers of the Diocesan Church School Camp at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp.
IOCC Responds To Communities Drenched By Deadly West Virginia Floods
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In the aftermath of record-breaking rains and destructive flooding in West Virginia that have left least 23 people dead and hundreds of families homeless from storm damage, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has been in contact with Orthodox Church parishes in the most impacted areas of West Virginia, and with local ecumenical partners to determine the best emergency response for families in distress. Members of the IOCC Emergency Response Network, known as Frontliners, living in the affected area have been called on for possible deployment as the needs emerge.
Message of the Holy Council
Message of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church
2016 Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camping Ministry
Visit the Web Page of the Consistory Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in Order to Plan Your Summer Camping Activities!
2016 OCMC Mission Trip Opportunities
2016 Orthodox Mission Teams are now available! Please prayerfully consider joining one of the teams that will be serving in Alaska, Albania, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. Spend two weeks volunteering at a youth camp, teaching the faith, empowering Orthodox women, restoring a church, or providing healthcare. All are needed, and anyone over 18 can serve!
|Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Offers Prayers Following the Police Officer Shootings in Downtown Dallas, TX - 07/08/16|
Once again, the news media confronts us with the sad reality to inhumane distraction of the most sacred God-given human life. Following the most horrific, deplorable, and senseless acts of Police shooting in Dallas, TX, the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA expresses its solidarity with the people of Dallas, TX, whose residents were shaken by violence and extends heartfelt prayers to the families of those who were killed or injured as a result of the attack.
|Statement of the Council of Bishops of the UOC of the USA on the 240th Anniversary of US Independence - 07/04/16|
This weekend we celebrate Independence Day as one nation under God. Whether you call it the Fourth of July or Independence Day, the tradition goes back to the American Revolution. As students of history we know about the representatives of the 13 colonies gathering in June 1776, to consider a resolution that would declare that independence from Great Britain. First, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2nd and then just two days later, its delegates adopted the document drafted by Thomas Jefferson - Declaration of Independence.
|Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Offers Prayers Following the Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport - 06/28/16|
The Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, speaking on behalf of the entire plentitude of the Church condemns the blind violence that causes so much suffering and implores God for the gift of peace. Sadly, this murderous attack is only the latest in a series of attacks aimed at killing of innocent civilians. Such attacks must reinforce the determination of the worldwide community to work closely with each other to counter the scourge of terrorism and support all those across the planet who are working to promote peace and reconciliation.
|Bishop Daniel Visits Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Parish Family of Goshen, IN - 06/26/16|
On the weekend of June 25-26, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Goshen, Indiana received an archpastoral visit from His Grace Bishop Daniel for the commemoration of All the Saints. At the Saturday evening Vespers, His Grace spoke about the saints who came before us, and what it took them to perfect their lives and to be recognized as saints. He reminded those present that for many saints, it took a lifetime of the Holy Spirit working through them before being considered as saints. In the same way, he explained, we should be mindful of every aspect of our lives and how we interact with this world, the world beyond the doors of the church temple proper. After vespers, Vladyka Daniel met informally with many of the parishioners in a relaxed manner during dinner. He pointed out his pleasant surprise at the beauty of the Goshen countryside, as he had an opportunity to explore the area a little before vespers.
|Call for Youth and Youth Workers to Pray for the Holy Council - 06/22/16|
At this crucial moment in the history of our Holy Orthodox Church, the youth and youth workers of the North American continent ask everyone to fervently pray for the Pan-Orthodox Council beginning during the week of Pentecost that the Church as a whole, may discern that the work of the Council is of the Holy Spirit. We pray, as the youth of the Church, for the many challenges this Council will and will not address. As the youth and youth workers of the Holy Orthodox Church here in North America, we ask all Orthodox young people and youth workers to increase their prayers and supplications for the leaders of our Orthodox Churches around the world, that they preserve and proclaim the teachings and unity of the Apostles, in this current age.
|Ecumenical Patriarch, Primates and Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church Begin Deliberations of the Holy and Great Council in Crete - 06/20/16|
CHANIA, Crete (Greece) – The people, the island and the Church of Crete welcomed warmly His-All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and hierarchs of various Orthodox Church communities, who arrived in Chania International Airport to convene the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, which will take place June 19-26, 2016.
|Celebration of the Glorious Feast of Pentecost and the 65th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Cheektowaga, NY - 06/19/16|
Свято Пятидесятниці і відзначення 65 річниці заснування громади Святої Тройці в м. Чіктовага, Нью-Йорк
|UOC of the USA 2016 Mission Team Visits Two Orphanages in Ukraine - 06/14/16|
The feeling of being loved was overwhelming – brought tears to many eyes that morning - the day we departed for home. The team felt blessed to have had the opportunity to support and represent the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA on this journey of fellowship, love and hope.
|Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA: Amidst Devastation a Call to Prayer and Action - 06/13/16|
The tragic events in Orlando, FL early Sunday morning saddened and shocked many people throughout the world. Often when we hear of tragic events such at the one that occurred on June 12, 2016 our immediate reaction is one of shock and disbelief. We are unable to comprehend and process all that has occurred. We are on overload. We simply cannot take it all in that that many people were shot and killed or injured. We are stunned by the magnitude of the devastation.
|Metropolia Commemoration: Twenty-Third Anniversary of Patriarch Mstyslav's Falling Asleep in the Lord - 06/12/16|
On 11 June, the 23rd anniversary of the repose of Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora and first Patriarch of the Reborn Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Metropolitan/Patriarch Mstyslav, the Consistory staff and a few dozen faithful gathered in Holy Resurrection Mausoleum around the crypt where the Partriarch rests. Members of the Consistory, friends, clergy and faithful of our church gathered to recall the incredible leadership and contributions the Patriarch made in the life of our Church, especially with the establishment of St. Andrew Memorial Center and Church Headquarters located in South Bound Brook – Somerset, NJ.
|His Eminence Metropolitan Antony Selected As Member of Ecumenical Patriarchate's Delegation At The Holy And Great Council - 06/02/16|
His Eminence Metropolitan Antony has been informed that he has been invited to serve as a member the Ecumenical Patriarchate's official delegation at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, to be held from June 16-27 in Crete. For the first time in 1200 years, the primates of all 14 Orthodox autocephalous (or self-governed) Churches, along with more than 300 bishops and others, will meet to pray and discuss issues of common concern.
|College Age Mission Team Departs for Annual Trip to Ukrainian Orphanages! - 05/31/16|
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 May 31-June 11, 2016.
|Memorial Day Observed at the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA - 05/30/16|
With the chiming of church bells of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ began this year’s prayerful observance of Memorial Day at the spiritual center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA on May 30, 2016.
|Triple Prayerful Observance at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Troy, NY) Over Memorial Day Weekend - 05/29/16|
The doors of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Troy, NY were widely opened early in the morning hours of Sunday, May 29, 2016 as numerous visitors of the parish family arrived prior to the beginning of the Divine Liturgy in order to observe a triple celebration with His Grace Bishop Daniel leading the liturgical celebrations of the day.
|Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops Meets in New Hampshire - 05/29/16|
On May 22-24, 2016 gathered at St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Catocook, New Hampshire 15 Orthodox and Catholic bishops gathered for the annual meeting, addressing and reviewing joint pastoral initiatives of both Orthodox and Catholic Churches in the United States of America and throughout the world.
|St. Mary, Nativity of the Mother of God, New Britain, Welcomes Metropolitan Antony - 05/24/16|
One of the first warm May days this year set the scene for Metropolitan Antony’s visit to New Britain, Connecticut, on May 22, 2016. His Eminence led the congregation of St. Mary, the Nativity of the Mother of God, in celebrating Divine Liturgy alongside our pastor Very Rev. Father Andrii Pokotylo and Protodeacon Anthony Szwez.
|St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Parish of Portland, OR Welcomes His Grace Bishop Daniel - 05/18/16|
Великдень (Пасха) - Світле Христове Воскресіння, найбільша і найвеличніша радість, Свято над Святами. Пасхальний період продовжується на протязі Світлої Сідниці і впродовж, аж до Вознесіння Господнього. Це величне свято Пасхи святкуємо кожного року, і кожний рік отримуємо повноту радості і благодаті. Саме у часі цього святкового торжества, на третю неділю Святих Жінок- Мироносиць, з Архіпастирським візитом Преосвященніший Владика Даниїл завітав до міста Портленд в штаті Орегон на парафію Святого Івана Хрестителя, що є на західному узбережжі Америки.
|Two-fold celebration at St. George Parish, Yardville, NJ - 05/16/16|
Sunday May 15, 2016 important historic date in the life of the parish family of St. George in Yardville, NJ. On this Warm Spring Sunday, the parish community was celebrating two occasions. The parish Feast Day of St. George and anniversary of priesthood of their pastor Very Rev. Peter Levko.
|High School Mission Trip - 6-14 August - 05/14/16|
The High School Student Mission Trip is a ministry of the UkrainianOrthodox Church of the USA. We hope to bring aid and comfort tothose in need through out our country. It is easy to turn a blindeye to those reaching out a hand for help in our local communities. By our actions, we hope to show the face of Christ to these people in need and all we come in contact with and by doing so reaffirm the Holy Orthodox Faith in an Orthodox Service Community. We pray that by offering daily prayer services, as well as our love and works, that we will bring not only ourselves but all involved closer to Christ our God.
|Annual St. Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage a Success Despite the Rain and Cold - 05/13/16|
Braving rain and a cold wind on the Saturday of St. Thomas Sunday, the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA made their annual pilgrimage to the Spiritual Center – Metropolia of the UOC of the USA, especially St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in South Bound Brook, NJ. Despite the chilly Saturday weather a sizeable group of 2500 took part in the two-day pilgrimage.
|St. Nicholas Program for Children with Disabilities - 17-20 June, 2016 - 05/13/16|
SNP is designed for parents and their child with disabilities to spend time together in an Orthodox Family Environment. The campers are introduced to camp life at All Saints Camp and the parents are given the opportunity to meet fellow Orthodox parents who are tackling the same challenges in today’s world.
|UOC of the USA Continues to Deliver Aid to Ukraine - 05/12/16|
As this year’s Lenten journey came to conclusion and we all have entered into the glorious Pascha celebrations, the joy of peace and comfort is not truly felt in the hearts of so many people of Donetsk and Mariupol regions of Ukraine... Prior to the beginning of this year’s Lenten journey, St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Society and the Consistory Office of Christian Charity collected and delivered the necessary aid to the numerous refugees, wounded soldiers and displaced families with children.
|St. Christina and St. Julian - Patron Saints of the Youth of the UOC of USA - 05/11/16|
With the Blessing of the Council of Bishops, the Offices of Youth & Young Adult Ministry offered the youth of the UOC of the USA the opportunity to prayerfully choose a patron saint for the youth of our church. The program was designed to give our youth the opportunity to learn about teenage saints of the church and use their voice in selecting one of them to intercede on their behalf with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
|Eighth Anniversary of Bishop Daniel's Consecration - 05/10/16|
Восьма річниця хіротонії Владики Даниїла
|Metropolitan Antony Visits St. Mary’s Parish, Chester, PA - 05/09/16|
His Eminence Metropolitan Antony visited St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Chester, Pennsylvania. Greeting the Metropolitan in Ukrainian with the traditional bread and salt was Mrs. Halyna Cichanowsky. Jenna Ludlow, granddaughter of Father Jerry and Pani Matka Mary Ann presented the Metropolitan red roses. Christine Kurman, welcomed His Eminence on behalf of the Parish Council and the parishioners. Finally, Father Jerry greeted the Metropolitan with holy water and cross in the entrance of the church.
|Bright Saturday of St. Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage at the Spiritual Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook/Somerset, NJ - 05/07/16|
The rainy morning of Bright Saturday of 2016 Annual St. Thomas Sunday Weekend Pilgrimage started with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ. As the prayerful chanting of CHRIS is RISEN penetrated the hearts of those in attendance, the walls of the Memorial Church once again felt the historical presence of traditional prayers on the weekend following Glorious Pascha celebration... As the rain stopped for the afternoon hours, more and more visitors began to arrive to the spiritual headquarters of the UOC of the USA. Over 1200 people walked through the gates of St. Andrew Cemetery and Metropolia Center in order to share in Paschal joy with the loved ones who found eternal rest at St. Andrew Cemetery.
|7-8 May, 2016 - Annual Saint Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage - 05/07/16|
Please, Join Us at the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA as We Share the Joy of PASCHA With Each Other During the Annual St. Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage!
|Sincere Prayers Offered for the People of Canada in Time of Tragedy - 05/06/16|
Statement of the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orhtodox Church of the USA and Eparchy of South America
|Pascha in Philadelphia - 05/03/16|
At daybreak on Pascha, the faithful of St. Vladimir Cathedral parish welcomed his Eminence Metropolitan Antony for celebration of the Feast of Feasts. Despite the light rain, the faithful of the parish participated in a holy procession on the church grounds, remembering the myrrh-bearing women who came to Christ’s tomb, only to learn the glorious news of His holy resurrection. A decorative banner was placed on the outside of the church, designed by Vitality Hrytsay, proclaiming “Christ is Risen! Христос Воскрес!”, sharing the message with the wider community.
|7 May, 2016 - St. Thomas Saturday - Picnic at St. Sophia Seminary - Sponsored by UOL - 05/03/16|
Join the Students and Vistors of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary for a PICNIC During the Annual St. Thomas Sunday Weekend in South Bound Brook/Somerset, NJ
|Bright and Holy Monday in Detroit, MI - 05/02/16|
Today, Bright Monday, the experience continued. His Grace Bishop Daniel served Divine Liturgy, assisted by three seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, NJ) Mykola Zomchak, Ihor Protsak and Mykhaylo Bokalo... Hours later...we are all still smiling...still glowing...still feeling embraced, glowing from the inside out...wondering how are we supposed to come down off Cloud 9, and return to reality...back to work tomorrow.
|Living the FAITH on Pascha - 05/02/16|
During one of his many sermons over the last few days at the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, MI, His Grace Daniel, the spiritual father of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA, mentioned that our salvation extends beyond ourselves... On Pascha – May 1, 2016, His Grace, assisted by seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, NJ) Ihor Protsak, Mykhaylo Bokalo and Mykola Zomchak took to the streets of the Detroit area to do just what he had instructed us to do...to bring a smile, a hug, a kind word to someone...to share the joy of the Resurrected Christ with the world...to take that light that lit up the sanctuary this morning, out into the dim world, and dispel the darkness.
|Pascha Night at Pokrova of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, MI - 05/02/16|
...Any other day a heavy downpour would have dampened spirits...but, when death has lost its grip, when Christ is Resurrected, when all things are made new again...nothing can stop the human spirit from rejoicing and celebrating.
|The Paschal Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine in the Year of our Lord 2016 - 04/30/16|
There is no event and no greater news that is more joyful in the life of the Christian than the news of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ for the Orthodox Church is the Feast of Feasts and the Festival of Festivals because the Resurrection of our Lord is the victory of life over death, of love over hatred, of truth over falsehood, of good over evil, of humility over pride, of faith over hopelessness, and of holiness over sin.
|Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2016 - 04/30/16|
We wholeheartedly address you from the See of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the joyous greeting “Christ is risen!” The resurrection of Christ is the center of our Orthodox faith. Without the resurrection, our faith is “in vain” (1 Cor. 15:14). Through His resurrection, the divine Word rendered humanity – created in the image of God but wounded and stained by sin – incorrupt and deified, granting us once again the possibility of achieving divine likeness, of which we were deprived through disobedience.
|Statement by the President of the United States of America on the Occasion of Orthodox Pascha (Easter) - 04/30/16|
Michelle and I extend our best wishes to members of the Orthodox Christian community here in America and around the world as they observe Holy Friday and the Feast of the Resurrection... For Orthodox Christians, this is a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to rejoice in the victory of the Resurrection and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in accordance with God's will.
|Cleveland Ukrainian American Community Commemorates Chornobyl Tragedy - 04/30/16|
On Sunday April 24, 2016, the greater Cleveland Ukrainian American Community commemorated a tragedy that befell Ukraine and the whole world when 30 years ago an explosion and release of radiation occurred at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The remembrance organized by the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and St. Vladimir Cathedral Parish, began with a Prayer Service for the living and deceased. The prayers were led by His Grace Bishop Daniel (UOC USA), His Grace Bishop Robert (retired bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church) and 10 local Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic clergy. Reposes were sung by the Cathedral Choir of St. Vladimir directed by Markian Komichak.
|Holy and Great Friday Services at the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Detroit, MI Metropolitan Area - 04/29/16|
Over 200 parishioners, relatives and members of the community at large gathered in the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield, MI, in solemn witness of the sacrifice of the Lord in order to participate in the Vespers service, at which the Holy Shroud is brought out of the sanctuary and placed in the midst of the faithful for veneration.
|Great and Holy Friday - 04/29/16|
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.
|LUBA - May 2016 Projects and Ideas! - 04/29/16|
The word attentive has many meanings; observant, aware, vigilant, kind, conscientious, thoughtful and the list goes on. All of these adjectives describe the life of an Orthodox Christian - how we are called to live our daily life. It is no coincidence that during the Divine Liturgy we are called to "Be Attentive". In a way, being attentive is sacramental - being vigilant to Christ and His sacraments. But we are not only called to be attentive in our divine services, we are called to be attentive in our lives and to our brothers and sister in Christ. Be considerate. Be caring. Be understanding. Be sympathetic. It is interesting that the acronym for Let us be Attentive is LUBA, which is a derivative of the Ukrainian word lubov or love. In a way, when we are called to Be Attentive, we are also being called to LOVE! This new program of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA is a call to be attentive to your neighbor, to your community, to your parish family and to Christ! On the 20th of each month, the Consistory will highlight one of the nationally commemorated events on the LUBA calendar providing you with resources for your parish. Focus on the highlighted event or choose one of your own and be creative in how you may BE CHRIST. We ask that you send photos and articles of your LUBA efforts to be shared with all of our faithful. You may utilize your LUBA calendar as a parish, as small groups, as families and as personal ministry.
|Bishop Daniel Celebrates Holy Thursday Divine Services in Southfield, MI - 04/28/16|
His Grace Bishop Daniel, the spiritual father of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA marked the beginning of last three days of Holy Week on Thursday morning, April 28, with Holy Thursday Vesperal Divine Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God in Southfield, MI (Very Rev. Fr. Pavlo Bodnarchuk – pastor), commemorating the Last Supper that Jesus shared with His disciples.
|Great and Holy Thursday - 04/28/16|
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 Protection of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Detroit, MI Served by His Grace Bishop Daniel - the Spiritual Father of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA - 04/28/16|
The faithful of the Pokrova of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, MI, had an opportunity to receive so much needed spiritual healing in the evening on Holy Wednesday (27 April, 2016). Mystery of Holy Unction or Anointing unto Healing with Holy Oil was served by the local clergy under the leadership of the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy, His Grace Bishop Daniel.
|Holy Wednesday and the Sacrament of Holy Unction - 04/27/16|
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.
|Ecumenical Patriarch: The Power of Memory - Chornobyl Thirty Years Later - 04/26/16|
Thirty years ago, in the early morning of April 26, 1986, even as the Orthodox Church was about to embark on its holiest of weeks leading to the joy of Easter, the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded, creating the worst nuclear disaster that the world had seen up to that time. The consequences of the disaster were felt far and wide: in the extension of contaminating radioactive particles into Russia, Belarus, as well as countries to the North and West; in human desertion and ecological destruction of vast surrounding areas; in long-lasting and permanent damage to health and loss of human life estimated at one million premature deaths.
|Victims of Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster Remembered at Metropolia Center - 04/25/16|
Faithful members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA gathered together with other Ukrainian community members at St. Andrew Memorial Church, South Bound Brook, NJ – part of the Church’s Metropolia Center – to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster the world has known – the explosion of the Soviet era power plant located in Chornobyl, Ukraine. His Eminence Metropolitan Antony conducted a solemn memorial service along with clergy from the Center and neighboring parishes. Visiting clergy, St. Sophia Seminary students and members of the Memorial Church Choir graciously and beautifully sang the responses for the service.
|Vladyka Daniel Leads the Prayers of Holy Monday at the Dormition of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Lorain, OH - 04/25/16|
As the celebration of this year’s Palm Sunday (Entrance of our Lord in Jerusalem) concluded, the sacred time of Holy Week started in parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Full liturgical schedule is carefully offered and crafted for the faithful of the Church so that they may re-live the sacred moments of our Lord’s journey from the gates of Jerusalem to the place of crucifixion and burial. On Holy Monday (April 25, 2016) the faithful of the Dormition of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Lorain, OH celebrated the first day of Holy and Sacred Week with their spiritual father and Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA – His Grace Bishop Daniel.
|Holy Monday and Tuesday of the Holy Week - The Services of the Bridegroom - 04/24/16|
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. Each evening service is the Matins or Orthros service of the following day (e.g. the service held on Sunday evening is the Orthros service for Holy Monday). 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.
|Archpastoral Palm Sunday Visit to St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH! - 04/24/16|
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 when out to meet the Lord and welcomed Him with displays of honor and shouts of praise. On this day, the Orthodox Christians receive and worship Christ in this same manner, acknowledging Him as our King and Lord. To celebrate this great feast of the Church year St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH was blessed to welcome among their midst their spiritual father and the ruling hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA – His Grace Bishop Daniel.