Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

УКРАЇНСЬКA КАТОЛИЦЬКA ЦЕРКВА ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ ГОСПОДНЬОГО


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Together we celebrate – together we are God’s people 4 | Разом святкуємо – разом ми Божий люд 4

Living Christ’s Resurrection is the basis of the Divine Liturgy and underpins the entire structure of the liturgical order of the Church. The Church calendar is built around two cycles: movable and immovable feasts.

The first, movable feasts, relates to the most profound moments of divine revelation: time which the Greeks called kairos. The second, fixed or immovable feasts, relates to specific days in history, for example, the Nativity of Christ or the Annunciation. It never changes and so it is straightforward to understand. This time/cycle was regarded as chronos by the Greeks – the root of the word chronological.

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Together we celebrate – together we are God’s people 3 | Разом святкуємо – разом ми Божий люд 3

TogetherWeCelebrate3Every Divine Liturgy (Eucharistic liturgy) is a celebration of and participation in the death and resurrection of Christ. It is important to recall that the death of our Saviour is only the door through which we must go in order to come to the Resurrection: We bow to Your Cross, O Master, and we glorify Your Holy Resurrection!

Christ’s self-sacrifice allows us access to His Resurrection. At the opening of the Divine
Liturgy we stand on the verge of the Resurrection and the celebrant proclaims: Blessed is
the Kingdom of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are God’s Eucharistic people. This is why the spirit of every Divine Liturgy is joyous and extols
God’s graciousness.

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Together we celebrate – together we are God’s people 2| Разом святкуємо – разом ми Божий люд 2

TogetherWeCelebrate2As early as the first Christian writings of St. Paul, the Christian community has been referred to as the Body of Christ. This is very significant because it immediately brings our attention to two basic elements of Christian life: the Holy Eucharist and our unity in Christ which demands our unity one with another.

The Holy Eucharist is not just about receiving Communion, but rather that we receive because we are a “Eucharistic” people – a community that understands and recognizes God’s graciousness and so gives thanks (eucharistia in Greek). Further the ultimate expression of this graciousness is the victory of love over evil achieved in Christ’s Resurrection.

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Together we celebrate – together we are God’s people 1 | Разом святкуємо – разом ми Божий люд 1

TogetherWeCelebrateWe have now moved into what some call “ordinary” time. In the Church calendar, every week is now calculated in reference to the feast of Pentecost.

From now until the Resurrection, we greet each other with the words: GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY FOREVER! We are living in the presence of Christ, united by Christ and our lives reflect the presence and power of Christ. We glorify Christ, not simply in words, but by our very person. We glorify Him because He has become like us; we are invited into the Divine Life.

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Together we celebrate – together we are God’s people | Разом святкуємо – разом ми Божий люд

GodsSpiritThe transition from the celebration of the Resurrection to the period of the Holy Spirit is an appropriate time to consider the meaning and importance of our liturgical practices, and above all the liturgical year.

Intentionally participating in these practices means concretely engaging the life of the entire Church community which does not simply include our parish, but the entire Church, that is those “alive, dead, and yet unborn.”

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This Pascha we read our Patriarch’s encouragement to live as people of the Resurrection. So what does this mean? Do we know?

At Easter Liturgy we sing “We who have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ”—literally—we wear Christ. Our Christian mission is to be Christ to the world.

We hear this and indeed we know this, but the actual lived meaning of this role simply defies any static description or prescription. We are called not to specific actions, but rather to profound being that demands a continuous consciousness of goodness and love.

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To be a Christian is to witness the Resurrected Christ | Бути християнином означає свідчити про Воскреслого Христа

PatSviat EasterChristians are the ones whose lives witness that Christ is risen from the dead, through their attitude to the world, to material things and to one another. They also witness to the fact that goodness, life and God’s love are stronger than hate, evil and even death!

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Easter Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav |Великодна послання Блаженнішого патріарха Святослава

Today in all of Ukraine and in our settlements abroad, Christians are filled with an inexpressible joy. From the moment we first hear our traditional Easter greeting “Christ is risen!” in each one of us, from the youngest to the oldest, our soul undergoes a profound change. We feel how all life’s problems and challenges disappear, how all cares and sorrows are washed away “as wax melts before the fire.”

This joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and a true sign, that the risen Lord is present in our hearts … To rejoice in God is to allow the victory of the risen Lord to penetrate my heart, to be fulfilled in my personal life. This is not merely some temporary feeling, but real participation and communion in Christ’s Resurrection.

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A week until Easter | Від нині за тиждень Великдень

PussywillowsНе я б’ю — лоза б’є, За тиждень — Великдень, Будь дужий, як вода, А багатий, як земля!

Not I—the willow taps, In one week—Easter! Be strong as the water and rich as the earth!

Once again we stand at the threshold: the end of Great Lent and the start of Passion Week (Strasnyj Tyzhden’), when we contemplate Christ’s suffering and death. We do this, not as an anniversary, or even as a memorial, but as a renewal of our identity as human beings of God.

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