Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/ 60 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 Paschal Epistle – Пасхальне Послання http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150330_1.html Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150330_1.html 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, 22 Apr 2015 15:29:54 -0400 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA /news_141008_2.html Hierarchs of the UOC of the USA Participate in the Farewell Reception in Honor of Ambassador of Ukraine http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150425_1.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/events/2015/04-23-2015-DC-Embassy/1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">On April 23, 2015, the Diplomatic Corps of Ukraine hosted a send off for one of its very own, the Ukrainian Ambassador Oleksander Motsyk.&nbsp;Ambassadors, government officials, representatives of Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic Churches, leaders of Ukrainian-American community and other distinguished guests gathered at the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America in Washington, DC in formal fashion to bid the guests of honor, Mr. Motsyk and his family, farewell. Mrs. Natalia Motsyk joined her husband in a meet and greet among guests, with the members of the Embassy&rsquo;s staff by their side.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150425_1.html 2015 St. Thomas Sunday-Provody: Weekend Pilgrimage to South Bound Brook, NJ – Metropolia Center of the UOC of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150419_1.html Sun, 19 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/2015/04-19-2015-St-Thomas-SBB/IMG_2883.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">It was one of the most beautiful weekends we have seen for years in terms of weather that drew numerous visitors of Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic faithful to the Metropolia Center of the Church. This year&rsquo;s event took place on 18-19 April and was inaugurated with the service of Divine Liturgy in St. Andrew Memorial Church on Saturday morning.&nbsp;During the Liturgy commemorations were made for all those buried in St. Andrew Cemetery.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150419_1.html St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Celebrates Pascha with the Archpastor of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150412_1.html Sun, 12 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/2015/04-12-2015-Pascha-IL/4.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">The liturgical services began in total darkness, as His Grace Bishop Daniel chanted the announcement of Resurrection and carried out the flame from the tomb of the Savior, which was brought from Jerusalem to St. Volodymyr&rsquo;s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, IL!...&nbsp;This year, more than 500 men, women and children were welcomed to the cathedral&rsquo;s temple during the Pascha Midnight service. The Boyan choir under the direction of Volodymyr Popowych led the chanting of the entire liturgical cycle of the services, thus spiritually uplifting those in attendance. Faithful from all over Chicago Metropolitan area arrived to the cathedral in order to share of joy of Pascha with people of various age groups and immigrations to the United States of America. Chanting the Gospel narrative at the Liturgy, the Word of God was proclaimed in 18 languages, thus offering a bit of Christ&rsquo;s presence to the representatives of Ukrainian, Serbian, Belorysyn, German, Greek, Antiochian and other ethnic communities.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150412_1.html 2015 Paschal Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine http://uocofusa.org/news_150330_1.html Sun, 12 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/Pascha.jpg&archive=0&final_h=63&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">On this joyful and holy day of the Most-glorious and Divine Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ, we extend most heartfelt greetings to all you Orthodox Christians with the feast of the Lord&rsquo;s Pascha! The magnificent feast of the Resurrection of Christ calls all of us to consider again the eternal treasures of Christian teaching and offers a golden opportunity to fill our hearts with goodness and love for God and neighbour. The Resurrection of Christ unites us all through faith in the victory of light over darkness, goodness over evil and life over death. The Holy Apostle James reminds usthat &ldquo;as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.&rdquo; (Jam 2:26)And so, on these joyful days of Pascha, we should endeavourwith especial diligenceto prayerfully alleviate the suffering of those oppressed by sorrow, encourage the downcast, perform acts of mercy, loveand compassion, and help those in need, who are waiting for us to offer our aid.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://uocofusa.org/news_150330_1.html Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Holy Pascha 2015 http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150411_1.html Sat, 11 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/Pascha-14.jpg&archive=0&final_h=63&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><strong>ПАСХАЛЬНЕ ПОСЛАННЯ ВСЕЛЕНСЬКОГО ПАТРІАРХА ВАРФОЛОМІЯ</strong></p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150411_1.html Great and Holy Saturday at St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, IL http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150411_4.html Sat, 11 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/2015/04-11-2015-Holy-Saturday/7.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">On Holy Saturday, His Grace Bishop Daniel once again presided over the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great at St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, IL, during which numerous faithful of Chicago 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. Ivan Lymar assisted Vladyka Daniel.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150411_4.html Great and Holy Friday at St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, IL http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150411_2.html 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/2015/04-10-2015-Holy-Friday/10.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">On Good and Holy Friday, the most somber day of the liturgical year, about 200 parishioners, relatives and members of the community at large gathered in Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago, IL, 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.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150411_2.html Holy Thursday Liturgical Services with His Grace Bishop Daniel in Chicago Deanery http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150410_1.html Thu, 09 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/2015/04-09-2015-Holy-Thursday/26.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">There are four events commemorated on Thursday of Holy Week: the washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the Holy Mystery of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas...&nbsp;The faithful of Chicago Deanery 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 Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Palos Park, IL.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150410_1.html Holy Unction Service at Sts Peter and Paul UOC Served by the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy, His Grace Bishop Daniel and the Clergy of Chicago Deanery http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150409_1.html Wed, 08 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/2015/04-09-2015-Unction-IL/40.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">There is no man on the earth, who would not benefit from receiving healing. We are all in a need of some type of healing, either physical or spiritual; especially after the strain of &ldquo;not so happy events&rdquo; that have shaken our country and shaken the whole world&hellip; We have fallen into a spiritual distress.&nbsp; Pastors of various religious congregations have been encouraging laity to seek spiritual healing. One after the other has been reminding their faithful of the importance of wellbeing of one&rsquo;s soul. Our Holy Orthodox Church, besides providing healing through the comforting words of its clergy provides spiritual healing through miracle working sacraments: Holy Confession, Holy Eucharist and in particular Holy Unction.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150409_1.html Archpastoral Palm Sunday Visit to St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150406_1.html Sun, 05 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/2015/04-05-2015-Parma/19.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">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 &ndash; His Grace Bishop Daniel. Very Rev. Fr. John Nakonachny, pastor, and Very Rev. Fr. Michael Hontaruk, assistant pastor, concelebrated along with Bishop Daniel. The choirs sang beautifully under the direction of Markian Komichak.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150406_1.html 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 Archpastoral Visit of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh, PA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150331_3.html Tue, 31 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/events/2015/03-31-2015-Pittsburgh/19.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Sunday March 29th was a special day for the members of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. On that day His Grace Daniel, Ruling Bishop of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in USA visited our parish.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150331_3.html UOC of the USA Participates in IOCC Syrian Relief Fund Raising in Pittsburgh, PA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150331_1.html Tue, 31 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/events/2015/03-31-2015-IOCC/14.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">On Sunday, March 29, 2015 the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee held a Vespers prayer service and fund raising dinner benefitting Syrian brothers and sisters in Christ. This Syrian Relief gathering of about 500 people was held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh, PA.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150331_1.html 2015 High School Mission Trip http://www.uocyouth.org/UOChighschoolmission.html Sat, 11 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 Bishop Daniel Visits St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Chicago, IL - Відвідини Владикою Даниїлом Свято-Володимирського Кафедрального Собору http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150324_1.html Mon, 23 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/events/2015/03-23-2015-Chicago/6.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Неділя 22 березня, 2015 р. була незвичайною для громади Українського Православного Кафедрального Собору св. кн. Володимира у Чикаго. У цей день Преосвященніший Єпископ Даниїл завітав до своєї боголюбивої пастви. І хоч після тижневого потепління наші сподівання на скорий прихід весни начебто розвіялися, настрій присутніх у нашому храмі був піднесений та по-весняному бадьорий.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150324_1.html 2015 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Camping Programs http://www.uocyouth.org/UOCCP.html Sat, 11 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 2015 Malta Scholarship - Undergraduate and 2015 Paleologos Scholarship - Graduate Levels Available http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/administration/chancellor/2015/ Mon, 13 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/2014/Scholarships-.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;" align="left">Applications for scholarships administered by the Office of the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are available for awards to be made for the 2015-2016 academic year. The deadline for submitting an application for any of these scholarships is&nbsp;<em>April 27, 2015.</em></p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/administration/chancellor/2015/ 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 EXCITING NEW PROGRAM OF PAN-ORTHODOX “BE THE BEE” THEMED EVENTS http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150122_3.html Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/01-22-2015-youth/ab_youth_consultants_2015.jpg&archive=0&final_h=49&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Youth workers, representing Orthodox jurisdictions from across the country, met at Antiochian Village today, and are excited to announce a new series of unprecedented, inter-jurisdictional "Be the Bee" themed events.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150122_3.html 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 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 ST. JOHN OF THE LADDER http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150403_1.html Tue, 17 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-john-of-the-ladder.jpg&archive=0&final_h=125&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>This is a difficult Sunday for Orthodox Christians. Not as difficult as St. Mary of Egypt, perhaps, but nonetheless a day that convicts us and confronts us with our Lenten practice. Let&rsquo;s face it: many Orthodox are exceedingly lax in Lenten disciplines. Laziness may be the heart of the problem, and we should not let ourselves off the hook too easily, but it is not the sole reason.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150403_1.html Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom /news_120415_1.html Sat, 11 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/Pascha-11.jpg&archive=0&final_h=69&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">If any man be devout and loves God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; because he shall in nowise be deprived therefore.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Якщо хто благочестивий і любить Бога, нехай насолодиться цим світлим торжеством. Якщо хто раб благорозумний, нехай увійде, радіючи, у радість Господа свого. Якщо хто потрудився, постячися, нехай прийме нині винагороду. Якщо хто від першої години працював, нехай отримає нині справедливу заплату. Якщо хто після третьої години прийде, дякуючи, нехай святкує. Якщо хто після шостої години з'явився, нехай не засумнівається, тому що нічого не втратив.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA /news_120415_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