Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/ 60 The Feast of the Transfiguration! http://www.uocofusa.org/news_080817_1.html Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/Transfiguration.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=72&percent=200"><p align="justify">In the biblical narratives of our Lord's Transfiguration it is easy to discern different points of inclusion and emphasis peculiar to each writer. Only Luke, for instance, mentions that Jesus was praying was He was transfigured, and only Matthew remarks that the disciples "fell on their faces."</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_080817_1.html Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150923_1.html Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=gif&relativeimage=images/icons/icon_HolyCross.gif&archive=0&final_h=136&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">This Feast is a day of Strict Fast, similar to other commemorations of the Holy Cross during the year, such as the Third Sunday of Great Lent and the first day of the Dormition Fast. The Gospel reading for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is very similar to the Gospel reading during Vespers on Great Friday of Holy Week, commemorating the Crucifixion of Christ.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_150923_1.html Запрошені та не йдуть http://www.uocofusa.org/news_130929_2.html Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/XPeuch.jpg&archive=0&final_h=69&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Сьогодні ми з вами у євангелії, записаній святим апостолом і євангелістом Матвієм, чули притчу про весільний бенкет. У давнину, коли цар влаштовував весільний бенкет для свого сина. це була подія, до якої ретельно готувалися. Готувалася особливо вишукана їжа і напитки. Це була подія суспільна і державна, яка стосувалася всіх людей. Бути присутнім на весіллі у царського сина було надзвичайно великою честю, не тільки тому, що людина опинялася серед розкішного бенкету, але й тому, що бути запрошеним царем, це саме по собі вже велика честь.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_130929_2.html Reflection on Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos http://www.uocofusa.org/news_140829_2.html Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/dormition.jpg&archive=0&final_h=112&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Why the Holy Church gives such unprecedented attention to the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary? But it is not only Dormition church always glorifying her in a way as no other righteous person or saint. Without any doubt it is because she is Mother of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. This is why throughout the life of the Theotokos we are witnessing constant heavenly presence; her earthly life was directed to heavenly life. As a child she went to the temple, heaven on earth, she also was visited by Angel. Her knowledge of God and His Kingdom made it possible for her to accept words of an Angel and act according to God&rsquo;s will. And as she was carrying in her womb Son of God she herself became part of Heaven and Heavenly Kingdom. And from that time on all her thoughts and all her existence was surrounded only by Heavenly presence. She knew her Son only as she could, and no one else. It was given to her to be Living Altar of the Son of God.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_140829_2.html Fishers of Men http://www.uocofusa.org/news_121002_1.html Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/Christ-walking-on-water1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=66&final_w=90&percent=100"><div align="justify">Today the Church begins the cycle of Gospel Readings from St. Luke. Now, St. Luke was a Gentile, and not a Jew, and, by profession he was a physician, so it&rsquo;s not surprising that we see a great number of healing accounts in St. Luke&rsquo;s Gospel, as well as an emphasis on mission and evangelism, his obvious desire in writing this account of the Gospel being to present it in a way so as to be more effective in the evangelization of the Gentile people- most all of us.</div></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_121002_1.html Nativity of the Holy Birth Giver of God http://www.uocofusa.org/news_110913_1.html Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/Nativity_Theotokos.jpg&archive=0&final_h=70&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>&ldquo;O Most Holy Birth Giver of God Save Us!&rdquo; With such powerful words The Holy Orthodox Church concludes almost all of its divine services, making its final appeal to the One, who is the first among the Heavenly choirs of the saints who intercede God on behalf of the human race.</p> <p>Today, on this eighth day of the Liturgical year as we celebrate her blessed Nativity, let&rsquo;s pause and contemplate upon the role and the image of the Most Holy Birth Giver of God and Ever-Virgin Mary.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_110913_1.html Parable of the Marriage Feast http://www.uocofusa.org/news_110922_1.html Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/parable-of-the-wedding-feast-dionysii.jpg&archive=0&final_h=78&final_w=90&percent=100"><p align="justify">Each of us views his world through his own lens - sometimes clear, other times foggy, or rose-colored. For me, since I&rsquo;ve begun work on Orthodox Stewardship, I&rsquo;ve begun to see a lot of things in terms of stewardship, most notably the passages of Holy Scripture. If you ask whether the idea of stewardship shows up in the Bible, I would say, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s everywhere.&rdquo; In fact, I&rsquo;ve wanted to compile some short homilies on how stewardship shows up in the regular Sunday readings, so this is a great opportunity to start!</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_110922_1.html Історичні свідчення про Святкування Успіння Пресвятої Богородиці http://www.uocofusa.org/news_110826_1.html Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.uocofusa.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=archive/Icons/Feasts/12%20Great%20Feasts/Dormition.jpg&archive=1&final_h=90&final_w=66&percent=100"><p align="justify">Урочисте святкування Успіння Пресвятої Богородиці 15(28) серпня встановлено за царювання благочестивого царя Маврикія.</p> <p align="justify">Існує, достойний віри, переказ про те, що патріарх єрусалимський Ювеналій стверджував перед імператором Маркіяном (450-457р) достовірність розповсюджених на той час переказів про чудесне взяття Богоматері на небо. Він навіть прислав до Царгороду погребальні пелени Богородиці, які цариця Пульхерія положила в побудованому нею храмі Богоматері у Влахерні на початку царювання Маркіяна. Це передання про патріарха Ювеналія записане 2-го липня в місяцеслові імператора Василія 10 століття, автор якого, якщо не сам імператор, то житель Царгороду, без сумніву знав на основі достовірних джерел про погребальні пелени у Влахернському храмі.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://www.uocofusa.org/news_110826_1.html