Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

УКРАЇНСЬКA КАТОЛИЦЬКA ЦЕРКВА ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ ГОСПОДНЬОГО


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What does it mean to stand guard at our Lord’s gravesite? Як будемо стояти на варті при Божому Гробі?

The first and most important responsibility is to read, out loud, the Acts of the Apostles. Our Lord is symbolically in the grave BUT His work has not ended.

The Book of Acts tells the story of the beginning of the Church. In spite of the misery of Christ’s death we cannot fall into despair for Christ will rise and His Church will flourish!

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Why go to church? [Pt. 9] Що відбувається на Службі Божі?

Communion imageWhat if at Liturgy there are 200 or 300 strangers around me? How am I supposed to celebrate?

One might disagree, but I say that at Liturgy it makes no difference if people know each other or have anything in common – because the fact that they are present for the Divine Liturgy forms the link between them. This is what we have in common.

We may not recognize this because we usually emphasize psychological aspects of relationships. In order to relate to someone, to show love and kindness, I need to know that person pretty well. Certainly. But the Liturgy leads us to a higher level of awareness of what it is to be human, and what it means to relate to each other. We are united by the ineluctable fact of our humanness, our baptism, our being loved by God.

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ПОРЯДОК ВІДПРАВ/Easter Order of Services

Easter2017April 10th (Monday)
10:00 Утреня/Matins

April 12th Страсна середа/Holy Wednesday
10:00 a.m. Літургія Єлейопомазання/Liturgy of Anointing

April 13th Страсний четвер/Holy Thursday
10:00 Вечірня з Літургією св. Василія Великого / Vespers with the Divine Liturgy
of Basil the Great
6:00 p.m. Утреня страстей (читання 12 євангелій)/Matins of the Passion
(reading of the 12 Gospels)

April 14th Велика п’ятниця/Good Friday
3:30 p.m. Вечірня з обходом і виставленням плащаниці/
Vespers with procession and exposition of the Holy Shroud
СТОРОЖ біля Божого Гробу – VIGIL at the tomb of Our Lord

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Why go to church? [Pt. 8] Що відбувається на Службі Божі?

Communion imagePeople often complain that they don’t understand what is going on during the service. Here are two suggestions:

  1. During the Liturgy, follow along in the prayer books – either in Ukrainian or English.
  2. Find someone who can explain the text, because it was written a long time ago and has archaic terms and unfamiliar phrases. But I’m convinced that these prayers are actually very current today. Their genius lies in that, despite being ancient, they continue to appeal to human emotions and resonate with us.

For example, during the Divine Liturgy the priest says, “We hand over our life and hope to you, Lord, Lover-of-humanity”. This phrase is brimming with significance!

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Що відбувається на Службі Божі? Why go to church [Pt. 7]

But are some sections of the Liturgy more important than others?
No. Absolutely not. I’m not a fan of the (sadly) popular approach of dividing the Liturgy into more or less important segments. Because the Liturgy is a totality in itself and every separate section makes sense only in relation to the whole. If you fragment the unity then everything falls apart, shatters, and we cannot understand what is there.

The Gospel reading, the offering of the gifts, the eucharist, the dismissal, as much as the singing, the incensing of the priest—everything—is absolutely essential.

And for that matter, that we celebrate the Liturgy …
(Supposed to be celebrating)

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St. Gregory Palamas: “Prayer without ceasing is necessary for all Christians”

Let no one think, my fellow Christians, that it is the duty only of priests and monks to pray
without ceasing, and not of laypeople.

No, no; it is the duty of all of us Christians to remain always in prayer.

At first it may appear very difficult to you, but be assured, that this very name of our Lord Jesus Christ, constantly invoked by you, will help you to overcome all difficulties, and in the course of time you will become used to this practice and will taste how sweet is the name of the Lord. Then you will learn by experience that this practice is not impossible and not difficult, but both possible and easy …

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Що відбувається на Службі Божі? Why go to church [Pt. 6]

Church5But what does it mean to “bring ourself”?

We bring ourselves symbolically—we are the gift that we bring to God during the Liturgy.
This means that we trust God with the things that are beyond our control, whatever challenges, problems, hardships, and so invite Him into all the various dimensions of our life.

This means that we surrender our struggle to control everything and say, “God, you may see things differently. I open my heart to you.”

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Що відбувається на Службі Божі? Why go to church [Pt. 5]

church-photoWhat is happening during the Liturgy?
It’s important to mention here that the Liturgy has a terrain—with peaks and valleys—while still having wholeness. There are specific moments that have extraordinary significance for a Christian. The first, as we’ve already mentioned, is the gathering of the faithful who demonstrate that they are the Church.

The second is that this gathering of faithful listens to God’s Word. I want to stress that we’re living in an age of information where we expect a ceaseless input of news. The Bible readings during Liturgy have a different goal; not to provide new information but rather a goal of building a relationship and communication.

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Sorokousty/Сорокоусти

During Great Lent we are called to renew and strengthen our relationships with others (both living and dead) and
with God. A special service during Lent is Sorokousty, when we remember all those who have gone before us.

“Sorokousty” literally means “forty mouths”, referring to an ancient monastic practice of 40 monks or priests
singing this commemoration of our departed sisters and brothers.

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