June 11, 2017 — Sunday of All Saints — Chapel of All Saints of Ukraine; Eastern Eparchy Family Celebration
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ —
Heartfelt thanks to His Grace, Bishop Andriy, our reverend Clergy, organizers, donors, altar servers, choristers, cantors, readers, volunteers, faithful parishioners, and above all — youth — who participated in the Youth Retreat and Great Vespers (on Friday & Saturday), and the Divine Liturgy and common meal at this year’s Eparchy Family Celebration.
Many thanks to the parish of St. Vladimir Cathedral in Hamilton, its Dean, Rt. Rev. Wasyl Makarenko for use of the parish’s Golden Gate Park in Grimsby on Friday and Saturday; to the parish of St. George and Rev. Fr. Mykhailo Pograniczny for hosting Youth Retreat participants at the celebration of Great Vespers on Saturday.
Many thanks to the parish of St. Volodymyr Cathedral, its Dean, Rt. Rev. Bohdan Sencio; the staff at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre; the Chapel of All Saints of Ukrainian Lands and Rev. Fr. Dr. Jaroslaw Buciora, the members of the Order of Saint Andrew; to Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Hladio; to Christina Kowalenko and Yuri Hladio; and first and foremost – undying admiration and eternal gratitude to the Youth Retreat and Eparchy Celebration’s principal organizer — Natalie Olynyk-Kowalenko.
A final word of thanks to James Cardinal and Cardinal Funeral Home for their very generous donation which made it possible for all attendees to eat in comfort, at tables and chairs beneath the breezy shade of wonderfully wide, brilliantly white tents.
Ever wonder what CYMK-Ukrainian Orthodox Youth is?
Want to learn how to organize youth in your parish?
Want to learn how to develop a youth ministry in your parish?
Interested in meeting people from across Canada, and learning what type of youth programming they are doing in their parishes?
Want to worship in other parishes across Canada?
Want to be part of the bigger picture and accomplish great things together?
Join us for the 2017 National CYMK-UOY Convention — August 9-13, 2017 in Winnipeg!
Dear clergy, parishioners, and parents,
If you consider yourself dedicated to our church, if you feel the future strength of our church rests with our youth, you believe in the power of unity, or you have never attended the convention before, then this is the event for you! If you, as a parishioner or a parent, are looking for ideas and suggestions about how to start, run or improve a youth program, then this convention is for you!
“Why is attendance at the National CYMK Convention beneficial?”
The CYMK-UOY National Executive has worked diligently to put together practical, relevant and engaging sessions that will walk youth and adults through the steps required to start, run, or improve a youth program. The action-packed five-day program consists of youth organizational techniques, financial management skills, promotion and advertising skills, conflict resolution skills, a mini-faith program, and an all-inclusive choir to sing the Divine Liturgy. This event is also an opportunity to form new relationships, share ideas and common interests. Joining efforts at conventions helps on many levels to work towards a greater cause.
This is the opportunity to bring TOGETHER our community, and show our children what it means to be UNITED.
“Who is CYMK-UOY?”
This event is being sponsored by CYMK — the Ukrainian Orthodox Youth group of Canada, established in 1931. Their aim since then has been to foster hard-working individuals of the Ukrainian Orthodox community into leaders with a strong base in their faith, culture and ties to their community. All local youth groups have been active members of their parishes, whether donating money for windows, vestments, chandeliers, or orphanages or planning and leading social-events for the parish.
The CYMK and USRL Convention will help you gain enthusiasm, empathy and love from those who live far away and enlighten your spirituality as we pray together.
Шановні Брати й Сестри у Христі,
Річне Єпархіяльне Свято відбудеться у неділю, 11-го черня ц.р. Додатково до недільної Літургії й програми, єпархія цього року влаштовує родинний “рітріт” – програма духовного, культурного, й дружнього характеру, який відбудеться у пятницю, 9-го, і суботу, 10-го, у “Золотій Брамі”, оселя Собору Св. Володимира у Гамільтоні, яке знаходиться у Ґримзбі.
Просимо Вас оголосити про Свята і Рітріт у Вашій парафії, заохочуючи всіх вірних – зокрема дітей і молодь з батьками, до участі. Афіша з точною інформацією в прикріленні – просимо видрукувати й роздавати своїм вірним. Підкреслюємо, що учасники мусять голоситися до 2-го червня щоби знали заздалегідь скільки будуть учасників, і що вхід вільний, але все ж таки примаємо добровільні пожертви.
Дякуємо щиро за Вашу підтримку та співпрацію. До милої зустрічі!
Воістину Христос Воскрес!
о. Богдан Гладьо, 1-ий заступник,
Ради Східньої Єпархії
Christ is Risen!
Reverend and Dear Fathers,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our annual Eastern Eparchy Celebration will be held on June 11th at the “Kyiv” Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Oakville. In addition to Sunday’s Liturgy and program, we have organized a 2 day (Friday, the 9th and Saturday, the 10th) pre-celebration “Retreat”, consisting of spiritual, cultural, and social events, at the “Golden Gate” park of St. Vladimir’s Cathedral in Hamilton, which is located in Grimsby just off of the Casablanca Rd. exit from the QEW.
We respecfully ask that you publicize this event in your parishes, and encourage all our faithful – especially our children, youth, and their parents – to take part. A poster with the relevant information is attached to this e-mail, please copy it off and circulate it amount your faithful. In closing, we wish to emphasize that participants do need to register by June 2nd so that we’re properly prepared with food, materials, etc., and that there is not cost, although free will donations will be gratefully received.
We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation, and look forward to seeing you in Grimsby and/or Oakville!
To the venerable clergy, monastics and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church beyond the borders of Ukraine and to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine,
“You fell asleep in the flesh as a mortal, O King and Lord; You rose again on the third day, raising Adam from corruption and abolishing death: Pascha of incorruption, the Salvation of the world.”
Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers! Dear Brothers and Sisters!
CHRIST IS RISEN!
Today the entire Christian world in one unified and joyful choir praises the event which is without analog in any time or age. The entire essence of Christianity rests upon the most glorious Resurrection of Christ, which contains the answer to the mystery of our life and faith. “If Christ is not Risen,” says the Apostle Paul, “then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty” (1Cor.15:14). Our faith would not exist without the Resurrection of Christ, and without faith there would be no true life, because the Christian faith is the point of our life and our spiritual essence. On this Paschal night we, in the words of St. John Chrysostom, proclaim the victory of life over death: “O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.”
Together with this, though, we see and hear that our dear ones do die, both the young and the old. What, then, is this victory of Christ over death? There are various types of death: there is bodily death, but there is something more terrible – spiritual death, when the soul dies by removing itself from God and cutting itself off from Him. All people died this death during the millennia before the advent of Christ, having lost God as the Source of life.
And so Christ, the Son of God, came upon earth. As God He could not die, but out of love for us, as a man, He shared our fate, ascended the Cross, and died for us.
Christ rose from the dead, descended to hades, into the abyss of sin, and by His entrance there once and for all destroyed death, filling all with the wondrous light of eternal life.
On this joyous Paschal day we also rejoice, dear brothers and sisters, for on this day through the Resurrection of Christ the salvation of the world was achieved – let us rejoice and be glad, for Christ, the conqueror of death and hell, opened to us the path to eternal life and salvation.
By His Resurrection Christ opened to us the gates of heaven, most especially to all those who approach Him with faith, hope, and love.
Today all the sorrowful and suffering, the infirm and poverty stricken, all those who bear difficult circumstances in this earthly life, rejoice as well, for the joy of the Resurrection is greater than all temporary sorrows and suffering.
St. Paul says that the sufferings of this present age are nothing compared to the glory and joy which we will experience when, by the grace of Christ the Saviour, we become heirs of the heavenly good things and participants in His eternal glory.
We will be joyful and thank God, Who so loved us that He gave His Only-begotten Son for our salvation and eternal life.
How can we Orthodox Christians respond to this unconquerable and divine love of our Saviour? We should always thank God, fulfilling His commandments and learn to love every other person as God has loved us. We must turn away from everything temporary and passing, turn away from love of self, and offer up our lives for others.
“Pascha” means “passing over” from one state to another.
“As in ancient times the Israelites passed from the slavery of Egypt into the promised land, thus our soul should pass over from the captivity of sin to piety and virtue”
(Ven. Abba Dorotheus).
We offer heartfelt greetings to the clergy, deacons, and monastics of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the diaspora during this festive, Paschal season, as well as to our youth and children. We offer a special greeting to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, who are bearing various trials and difficulties at this time in defense of their homeland.
May the Risen Christ bring long-awaited peace and unity to every Ukrainian family, strengthen our faith, fill our hearts with spiritual joy, and increase our love, so that we will be able to fully delight in the joy of these bright, Paschal days!
We pray and believe that the Lord God will bless our Ukrainian nation, and that our Motherland Ukraine will become a strong, European country. May the blessing of the Risen Christ be with all of you.
Truly, Christ is Risen!
With Archpastoral Blessings,
+ YURIJ, Metropolitan,
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada
+ ANTONY, Metropolitan,
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA,
Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora
+ JEREMIAH, Archbishop,
Ukrainian Orthodox Diocese of Brazil and South America
+ DANIEL, Archbishop,
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
+ ILARION, Bishop,
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada
+ ANDRIY, Bishop,
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada
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Knowing the commandments of the Lord, let this be our way of life : let us feed the hungry, let us give the thirsty drink, let us clothe the naked, let us welcome strangers, let us visit those in prison and the sick, then the Judge of all the earth will say even to us: Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you.
Heaven and earth are united today, for Christ is born.
Today has God come upon earth, and man gone up to heaven.
Today for man’s sake is seen in the flesh He who by nature is invisible.
Therefore let us also give glory and cry aloud to Him:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
Which Your coming has bestowed upon us, O Saviour: glory to You.
— Stichera for the Litia, Tone 1, (by John the Monk) — sung at the Vigil on the Nativity According to the Flesh of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Всеукраїнська Рада Церков і релігійних організацій підтримує медичну реформу, ініційовану МОЗ. Дискусія з цього приводу відбулася на засіданні ВРЦіРО 21 червня під головуванням Старшого єпископа УЦ ХВЄ Михайла Паночка, повідомляє Інститут релігійної свободи.
У цьому році виповнюється 500 років з початку Реформації. Цей релігійний рух за очищення і виправлення католицизму був глибоким потрясінням для Католицької Церкви і, одночасно, одним із чинників народження нової Європи
З резервного фонду міського бюджету виділять кошти на відновлення підпірної стінки і сходів храму св. Івана Золотоустого на вул. Лисенка, 43, (зведений 1889 року ), повідомляє прес-служба ЛМР. Цей об’єкт в аварійному стані тому, а становить небезпеку для людей.
Почесний консул Ізраїлю в західному регіоні України Олег Вишняков обурений спаплюженням стели у Львові і сподівається, що винні найближчим часом будуть притягнуті до відповідальності. Про це повідомляє прес-служба консульства.
Одним з підсумків Міжнародних дебатів про корупцію, які відбулися у Ватикані, стало рішення поглибити на рівні канонічної доктрини і дисципліни Церкви питання, щодо відлучення від Церкви корупціонерів і членів мафіозних угруповань.