Christians 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!
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.
Не 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.
April 2nd, 2018: Страсний понеділок/Holy Monday
April 4th, 2018: Страсна середа/Holy Wednesday
11:00 a.m. Літургія Єлейопомазання/Liturgy of Anointing
April 5th, 2018: Страсний четвер/Holy Thursday
10:00am Вечірня з Літургією св. Василія Великого/Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of Basil the Great
7:00 p.m. Утреня страстей (читання 12 євангелій)/Matins of the Passion
(reading of the 12 Gospels)
We know that Lent is a time of introspection and reflection, a time to take inventory of ourselves, as it were, and where we stand in relation to God and the world we live in.
Lenten Church services and Liturgical readings guide us in this direction as a community, but at the same time we can also focus on our personal communication with God: our personal prayer.
Today marks the mid-point of Great Lent and we venerate the Holy Cross. The Cross is a reminder of the immensity of God’s love demonstrated in the person of
Jesus Christ who accepted death on the Cross, but through God’s love was raised on the third day.
Ця неділя, хрестопоклонна знаменує собою середину Великої Чотиридесятниці (Посту). І в цю неділю наша увага звернена на превелику Божу любов котра виявилася в особі Ісуса Христа котрий віддав своє життя за Божу правду та водночас любов Отця воскрес Його на третій день!
“Щороку настає ця благословенна, сприятлива, як кажуть наші літургійні тексти, пора Великої Чотиридесятниці. Того періоду літургійного року, під час якого ми підготовляємося до найбільшого християнського свята — Пасха. У цей період Церква різними способами намагається доносити до нас дуже важливі речі, які стосуються нашого християнського духовного життя”, — розповідає Максим Тимо, магістер богослов’я,Початок святого Великого посту – сприятлива пора.
As in previous years, through the proclamation of the Word of God and catechesis we hope to deepen our experience of repentance and return to God.
During Great Lent, as a result of the efforts of the inter-eparchial network, … , various sectors of the population have the opportunity to hear the truth not only about the place the Creator has given us within creation, but also what a great evil “ecological sin” is—that in transgressing God’s creative plan—multiplies the suffering of Jesus in the world imprisoned and plundered by sin.
“We want our initiative to shatter the barrier of apathy and awaken people’s
consciousness to individuals who are starving” (Bp. Bohdan Dziurakh)
We enter into Great Lent with a mix of eagerness, anticipation, and self-doubt. St. Paul and St. Augustine both wrote about how difficult it was to live a holy life, even though they well knew what it entailed and wanted to live it.
Lent provides a concentrated time when we can more fully center on living that life, even though we doubt ourselves and know how many times we have failed. During this Lenten season our bishops ask that we bring our prayers to action, especially our prayers for the poor and forgotten.
In the Working Centre’s Simplicity Circle Study Guide, Scott Russell Saunders discusses how the words community, communion, and communicate stem from the word common.
“Embodied in that word is a sense of our shared life as one of giving and receiving – music, touch, ideas, recipes, stories, medicine, tools, the whole range of artifacts and talents.”
Saunders describes his marriage as a community of shared love and his life as a part of ever larger communities, from family and friends to country and global humanity.