The Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, NJ has served once again as a “home” and center of spiritual renewal and fellowship for the delegates and guests to the 17th Convention of the United Ukrainian Orthodox Sisterhoods of the UOC of USA (UUOS). Representatives from local parish sisterhoods across the country traveled to the Center on the weekend of 25-27 September, 2009 to report on the activities of their organizations and to develop plans for the next three years of ministry by their national Executive in all aspects of Church life.
Archbishop Antony, President of the Consistory and His Grace Bishop Daniel, the Spiritual Advisor to the National Executive of the UUOS, opened the Convention with a Moleben prayer service to the Most Holy Birth-Giver of God in the rotunda of the Consistory building underneath the icon of the Protection of the Mother of God, asking for her continued prayers for the faithful women of the Church at both the local and national levels as they strive to follow the two new commandments revealed by Christ, Himself – “to love God with all your hearts, all oour minds and all your souls and to love neighbor as you love ourselves”. The UUOS members have always strived to serve in the example of the Mother of God and those great Mothers and Saints known throughout Church history.
In his greeting to the delegates during the Moleben, Bishop Daniel reflected upon the words of a prayer to the Mother of God, in which she is referred to as “the Helper of the afflicted, the Hope of the hopeless, the Defender of the poor, the Consolation of the sorrowful, the Nourisher of the hungry, the Garment of the naked, the Healing of the sick…” His Grace stated that through their ministry, the local parish sisterhoods and the UUOS Executive, in particular, always take to heart the attributes of the Mother of God and put them into action under the her protection.