UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
NY/NJ Deanery Welcomes Bishop Daniel at the Liturgy of Presantified Gifts in Carteret, NJ!
By Rev. Fr. Vasyl Dovgan; Photos by Subdeacon Ivan Chopko
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the clergy of NY/NJ Deanery, under the leadership Protopresbyter Taras Chubenko, for the last time during this year’s Lenten journey gathered at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Carteret, NJ with His Grace Bishop Daniel, the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy and President of the Consistory of the UOC of the USA for the celebration of the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Joining the bishop at the altar of the parish temple were Protopresbyter Taras Chubenko, Dean of the Deanery and pastor of St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Carteret, NJ; Very Rev. Fr. Yuriy Siwko of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ; Very Rev. Fr. Oleh Hucul of Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Maplewood, NJ; Rev. Fr. Myroslav Shirta of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bayonne, NJ; Rev. Fr. Vasyl Dmytryshyn and Rev. Fr. Vasyl Dovgan of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ and Deacon James Cairns of St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Carteret, NJ.
The St. Demetrios Church choir, supplemented by choir members from some of the neighboring Orthodox churches and seminarians of St. Sophia Seminary, sang beautifully under the direction of Mr. Valentyn Oliynuk.
At the end of liturgy, Fr. Oleh Hucul received a blessing from Bishop Daniel to deliver Lenten sermon, calling everyone’s attention to the message of Lent and our ability to identify ourselves with the Divinity of Christ. Bishop Daniel, following the dismissal, thanked Fr. Taras Chubenko and the entire parish congregation for their hospitality and shared with the congregation of about 60 people his spiritually uplifting message about the sanctity of human life and the path of life, considering the horrific events of Boston Marathon bombing.
Following the liturgy, a lenten meal was served by the cathedrals community in the parish hall for approximately 80 faithful in attendance from all the NY/NJ Deanery churches.
Bishop Daniel met informally with several parishioners during the meal and reminisced with parishioners about shared experiences of the past several years, when bishop was a deacon and a priest, as well as encouraging the faithful to look to the future and trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.