Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/ 60 6 June - All Saints Camp Annual Meeting http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150506_2.html Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camp<br /> Annual Meeting<br /> <br /> All Saints Camp Annual Meeting will be held at All Saints Camp on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The meeting will begin at 11:00 AM and will be conducted at the Dining Hall.</p> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150506_2.html 2-6 червня 2015 року Свято-Софійськa Українська Православна Богословська Семінарія, буде проводити набір студентів для навчання http://www.stsuots.org/news_150505_2.html Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.stsuots.org/news_150505_2.html 1-8 August - High School Mission Trip http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150428_2.html Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150428_2.html 911 for All Saints Camp http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150428_1.html Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/911-for-All-Saints-Camp.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=74&percent=100"></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150428_1.html Egg decoration, Малюємо писанки http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150422_2.html Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150422_2.html Missionary to Kenya – Dr. William Black http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150422_1.html Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/OCMC-Dr-Black/Dr-William-Black.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=80&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">That I would end up an Orthodox missionary was not an option on my event horizon when I first began to formulate a plan for my life. First of all, I grew up in a Protestant home &ndash; Presbyterian to be precise. While family interests biased me towards medicine or the sciences, my fascination and training, however, was in history which, however interesting, does not make for an easy career path. And I was a musician to boot, playing the viola in orchestras and ensembles. Unexpectedly, the missionary option intruded itself on my list of possibilities for my life towards the end of my college career. I was by then a sincere Evangelical involved in a campus Christian fellowship. The summer before my senior year, I exchanged my studies in Medieval and Renaissance History at Duke University for living in the rural areas of Kenya with a Kenyan pastor and his family as part of a short-term mission trip in 1980. Those three brief months changed my life.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150422_1.html Holy Week and Pascha Photos from Parishes http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150415_1.html Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150415_1.html 7-8 November, 2015 — Holodomor Memorial Dedication – Відкриття пам'ятника жертвам Голодомору /files/PDF files_news/2015/Holodomor.pdf Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA /files/PDF files_news/2015/Holodomor.pdf 4-7 September, 2015 — Think ASC Family Fest! http://uocofusa.org/files/PDF%20files_news/2015/FFest-Flyer-1.pdf Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://uocofusa.org/files/PDF%20files_news/2015/FFest-Flyer-1.pdf 2015 Ukrainian Orthodox Camping Ministry! http://www.uocyouth.org/UOCCP.html Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocyouth.org/UOCCP.html All Saints Camp Needs Your Help! /news_141008_2.html Wed, 06 May 2015 10:01:27 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA /news_141008_2.html From Horrific Tragedy to Multiple Blessings http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150523_2.html Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-17-2015-Philadelphia/IMG_3632.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">It was on Sunday afternoon, 25 August 2013, at St. Mary Protectress (Pokrova) parish, Philadelphia, PA &ndash; just a few hours after Divine Liturgy had been celebrated and the faithful members had departed to their homes &ndash; that TRAGEDY struck in the form of a fire caused by aging electrical wiring.&nbsp; The fire grew rapidly and spread to encompass the whole Church building and the parish social center and school.&nbsp; Parishioners, along with their priest, Fr. Volodymyr Khanas, began to gather to witness the horror. Fr. Taras Naumenko, of St. Vladimir Cathedral just a few miles away was also present and had informed Metropolitan Antony and Bishop Daniel about what was happening and by the time our hierarchs arrive an hour later to comfort the parish family, it was a five-alarm fire, meaning that five fire companies were working diligently to put an end to the fire. Unfortunately, the buildings were completely destroyed.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150523_2.html UOC of the USA and UNWLA Joint Charitable Outreach in Ukraine http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150523_1.html Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-18-2015-UNWLA/IMG_3815.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">On Monday, May 18, 2015 His Grace Bishop Daniel met with Mrs. Marianna Zajac, President of the Ukrainian National Women&rsquo;s League of America (UNWLA) at the Consistory Offices of the Metropolia of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150523_1.html Єпископ Даниїл відвідав поранених солдатів Української Армії в Військовому Госпіталі міста Львова http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150514_1.html Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-12-2015-UA-Wounded-Soldiers/IMG_3387.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><a name="OLE_LINK12"></a><a name="OLE_LINK11"></a>Коли ми чуємо про жертв війни, ми схильні думати про тих, хто не повернувся додому. Ми не задумуємося над тим, що багато з тих, хто служить в армії повертається додому з пораненнями різних видів та ступенів...&nbsp;Для духовенства, для вірних Української Православної Церкви США та особливо для Єпископа Даниїла, який служив капеланом на військовій базі Армії США, робота з пораненими солдатами, допомагаючи чоловікам і жінкам Збройних Сил знову повернутися до нормального способу життя, є ціллю, яка вийшла поза рамки просто фінансової допомоги &ndash; і стала індивідуальним та особистим підходом любові та турботи, чому не має ціни.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150514_1.html Bishop Daniel Visits Wounded Soldiers of Ukrainian Army at the Military Hospital in Lviv, Ukraine http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150512_1.html Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-12-2015-UA-Wounded-Soldiers/IMG_3377.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">When we hear about casualties of war, we tend to think about those who don&rsquo;t return home. But many in the military do return home with wounds of various types and degree&hellip;For the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, and especially His Grace Bishop Daniel, who served as a chaplain at the US Army Military Base, working with the wounded soldiers, helping the men and women of the Armed Forces to re-adjust back to normal life settings, has been a task that goes beyond monetary donations &ndash; but takes a personal approach of love and care that very often is priceless.&nbsp;</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150512_1.html Bishop Daniel Visits Holy Archangel Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in San Francisco, CA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150507_2.html Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-03-2015-San-Francisco/30.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">For many weeks parishioners of Holy Archangel Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in San Francisco, CA, have been looking forward to His Grace Bishop Daniel&rsquo;s visit to the parish for the Founders Day Celebration of the parish family...&nbsp; Finally the long awaited weekend arrived &ndash; Vladyka Daniel and Subdeacon Volodymyr Yavorskyi of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary arrived from the Spiritual Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, NJ and directly at the airport they were greeted by the members of the parish community.&nbsp;</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150507_2.html РУХ ЗА ВИЖИВАННЯ УКРАЇНИ: Якщо не ми, тоді хто? Якщо не зараз, тоді коли? http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150513_2.html Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/04-29-2015-Detroit/DSC_0822.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Мільйони невинних українців страждають через конфлікт з Росією. Іноземне вторгнення зруйнувало безліч життів. Рік тому сім&rsquo;ї, які жили мирно, мали роботу і працювали 40 годин на тиждень, возили своїх дітей на футбол та балет, сьогодні залишилися бездомними, бідними, каліками, овдовілими та сиротами. Їхнє життя зруйновано і тепер вони мусять покидати свої міста, які колись були повні життя, залишаючи позаду все, що вони нажили, беручи з собою тільки те, що можна помістити у валізку, та вирушати у невідоме та небезпечне майбутнє.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150513_2.html St. Sophia Seminary Fundraiser During the Annual St. Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage http://stsuots.org/news_150505_1.html Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/5.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">During the annual St. Thomas Sunday pilgrimage to the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, New Jersey, the seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary<em> (also located on the grounds of the Metropolia Center)</em> embarked on a fundraising effort in order to raise funds towards the recent, and needed, renovations of the Seminary.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://stsuots.org/news_150505_1.html Seminarians of the Church Fulfill the Mandate of the Faithful to Aid the Needy of Ukraine http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150506_4.html Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-06-2015-Seminary/IMG_3346.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Six seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ gathered together at the main dining hall of the Seminary in the evening hours of May 6<sup>th</sup>, 2015 in order to accomplish the task of packing over 600 lb. of clothing and toys for the children Ukrainian orphanages that are sponsored by the UOC of the USA as well as clothing for the refugees from Eastern Ukraine. &nbsp;</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150506_4.html Храмове свято в церкві Святого Юрія Переможця в Ярдвілі http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150506_3.html Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-03-2015-Yardville/_MG_8830.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Третьoгo травня Бог дарував Храмове свято і чудову погоду для парафіян i гостей церкви Святого Юрія Переможця в Ярдвілі. До парафії завітав Митрополит Антоній у супроводі п'яти семінаристів. Разом з парафіянами поважного гостя зустрічали учні школи Українознавства. Діти встелили дорогу Владиці запашними трояндовими пелюстками, а хлопці прислужники чекали на нього в церкві. Вони одяглися в стихарі і виглядали дуже щасливими від почуття виявленого до них довір&rsquo;я і честі допомагати в святковому Богослужінні.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150506_3.html His Eminence Metropolitan Antony Visits Boston, MA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150503_1.html Fri, 01 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/04-26-2015-Boston/GroupAll.jpg&archive=0&final_h=46&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">On Sunday, April 26, 2015, St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Boston was honored to have a visit from His Eminence Metropolitan Antony. The Metropolitan was greeted with flowers by the children of the parish, bread and salt by Parish Board President, Jane Yavarow and the holy cross by Fr. Roman Tarnavsky. With the intoning of &ldquo;Christ is Risen&rdquo; he began the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Responses were offered by the dedicated members of the parish choir. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Metropolitan Antony invited everyone outside for a group photo. &nbsp;</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150503_1.html Єпископ Даниїл відвідав місійну громаду Св. Тройці, міста Сіетл - Bishop Daniel Visits the Ukrainian Orthodox Community in Seattle, WA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150429_3.html Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/04-28-2015-Seattle/IMG_3086.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Минулих вихідних, в суботу 25 та неділю 26 квітня, Його Преосвященство, Єпископ Даниїл виконуючи свій Архіпастирський обов&rsquo;язок відвідав місійну громаду Св. Тройці, міста Сіетл, штат Вашингтон, яку від доручив в опіку отцю Андрію Матлак. Візит Архієрея завжди є радісною подією для громади. В цьому випадку радість була подвійною, як для громади так і для сім&rsquo;ї отця Андрія: для отця Андрія та добродійки Надії &ndash; тому, що сам Владика приїхав щоб Охрестити та Миропомазати їхню новонароджену донечку Єлизавету; для парафіян &ndash; тому, що вони мали можливість помолитися та поспілкуватися з Владикою на протязі двох днів і тому, що їхня громада поповнилася ще однією Православною Християнкою (Новохрещеною Єлизаветою).</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150429_3.html Save Ukraine Now CAMPAIGN http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150429_2.html Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/04-29-2015-Detroit/DSC_0813.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Christ taught us to love our neighbor, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, take in the stranger. Today we have the perfect opportunity to heed His words and help Christ, by helping those in need. On April 29, 2015, His Grace Bishop Daniel, Consistory President and Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. joined a distinguished panel of guests among which were General Wesley K. Clark (retired), Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and former presidential candidate to launch the &ldquo;Ukraine Survival Campaign&rdquo;.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150429_2.html A Joyous Return! http://stmichaeluoc.org/2015/04/a-joyous-return/ Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/04-25-2015-Woonsocket/clergyphoto2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>The Consecration of Saint Michael&rsquo;s in Woonsocket, Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, and the Ordination of Deacon Michael Abrahamson</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://stmichaeluoc.org/2015/04/a-joyous-return/ Metropolitan Antony Visits St. Nicholas UOC Parish in Charlottesville (Greenwood), Virginia http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150403_2.html Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/03-29-2015-Charlottesville/MA8.jpg&archive=0&final_h=68&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Charlottesville received a special blessing during this last week of Great Lent, when we welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, accompanied by sub-deacons Ivan Chopko and Volodymyr Yavorskyi from St. Sophia Theological Seminary. Their weekend visit, even with the long drive from South Bound Brook, allowed them to avoid a threatening spring snow approaching the northern states! While in our midst, His Eminence not only spent time with parish priest Fr. Robert Holet, presiding over Saturday evening Vespers and a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, but he fully immersed himself in the life of the parish.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150403_2.html 2015 High School Mission Trip http://www.uocyouth.org/UOChighschoolmission.html Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/OYM/HSMissionTrip-2015.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=69&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">With the Blessing of the Council of Bishops, the Offices of Youth &amp; Young Adult Ministry and Christian Charity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA announce its missionary trip for High School aged teenagers to the St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket, RI. The High School Mission Trip will take place August 1 - 9, 2015. As you know, St. Michael's experienced a devastating fire to their church building in November 2014.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocyouth.org/UOChighschoolmission.html 2015 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Camping Programs http://www.uocyouth.org/UOCCP.html Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/OYM/promo-graphic-uoccp-2015.jpg&archive=0&final_h=51&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2015 Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camping Season at All Saints Camp - "I Am. " Applications for campers and staff are now available.&nbsp;</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocyouth.org/UOCCP.html OCMC News - 2015 OCMC Mission Team Opportunities Now Available! http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/OCMC-Love.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Consider joining an OCMC Orthodox Mission Team in 2015 and serving our Holy Orthodox Church&rsquo;s unending mission effort that all people may come to know the saving love of our Lord. Be a living witness and teach the faith in Indonesia, Moldova, or Kenya; assist building efforts in Guatemala or Kenya; spread the Gospel in Albania; work with youth in Alaska, Moldova, or Albania; offer healthcare in Uganda or Guatemala; or offer your talents on other OCMC Teams. Applications and details are available online at http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx or by calling the OCMC at 1-877-463-6787 ext. 141.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx OCMC News - 2015 OCMC Mission Team Opportunities Now Available! http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/OCMC-Love.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Consider joining an OCMC Orthodox Mission Team in 2015 and serving our Holy Orthodox Church&rsquo;s unending mission effort that all people may come to know the saving love of our Lord. Be a living witness and teach the faith in Indonesia, Moldova, or Kenya; assist building efforts in Guatemala or Kenya; spread the Gospel in Albania; work with youth in Alaska, Moldova, or Albania; offer healthcare in Uganda or Guatemala; or offer your talents on other OCMC Teams. Applications and details are available online at http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx or by calling the OCMC at 1-877-463-6787 ext. 141.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx Про сліпонародженого http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150513_1.html Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/blindman.jpg&archive=0&final_h=122&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;По вірі вашій, нехай буде вам.&rdquo; Сказав Господь. Ми знаємо, що за гріхи батьків Бог наказує до четвертого покоління. Тому і учні запитали Його, хто согрішив, що він сліпим народився. Ісус відповів; ні він не согрішив, ні батьки його, а це для того, щоб відкрились на ньому діла Божі. (Ін. 9.3-7)</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150513_1.html Sunday of the Samaritan Woman http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150506_1.html Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/Samaryanka_s.jpg&archive=0&final_h=136&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Christ is Risen!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Each and every one of us can relate to what it is like to be thirsty. When we are thirsty we drink something &ndash; water, coffee, tea&hellip;we drink something until we are no longer thirsty. But what happens? After time, we become thirsty once again. As human beings we will always need to drink something in order to live. We also know (or should know) that we are not perfect, especially when we look at ourselves spiritually. In fact, we can say that we have a spiritual thirst, just like the Samaritan woman we find in the Gospel lesson for this Sunday. Just like this woman, we go back to the &ldquo;well&rdquo; over and over again in life. The &ldquo;well&rdquo; in this case, can be used as a metaphor that can mean anything in our life that we continually return back to &ndash; something that we do not receive any long term reward or satisfaction.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150506_1.html Lessons for the “Righteous” from St. Mary of Egypt and Abba Zosima http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150327_1.html Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/st-mary-of-egypt.jpg&archive=0&final_h=107&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Organized religion is often the target of heavy criticism and censure in our modern world. In my own lifetime, I have seen a world where clergy and religious organizations have gone from being acceptable and respected parts of society to being treated on a spectrum that ranges from irrelevant to unspeakable and perhaps even contemptible or evil. For example, if one was to open the internal website of one&rsquo;s place of employment, one might see the following prohibition on topics which one may not post or blog.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150327_1.html SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARERS http://www.uocofusa.org/news_120424_2.html Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/myrrhbearingwomen.jpg&archive=0&final_h=136&final_w=90&percent=100"><p align="justify">In today&rsquo;s Gospel we hear of three women who were approaching the tomb of their Master, their Teacher and their Friend. Their hearts were heavy and their steps labored. How could this have happened? It was only days before that they were with Him as He taught and preached. No person had ever preached as He did; no one performed the great miracles that He accomplished. Surely He was the One; the Son of God, the Messiah!</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_120424_2.html