Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

УКРАЇНСЬКA КАТОЛИЦЬКA ЦЕРКВА ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ ГОСПОДНЬОГО


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ВАЖЛИВІСТЬ СПІЛЬНОЇ МОЛИТВИ

Why panakhydaЦерковні молитви мають різні форми та різні значіння але є дві елементи котрі їх єднають: всі якось пригадують нам про перехід через смерть до вічного життя, чи може краще через розп’яття до Воскресіння, та друге що вони є спільною молитвою Божого люду. Цього тижня ми обходимо свято Воздвиження чесного Хреста – ми знову входимо в цей момент розп’яття, терпіння і смерти.

Останніми днями в нашій парафії ми дуже відчуваємо цей тяжкий аспект людського життя. Мабуть на часі нам застановитися над значінням відправи в котрі часто учащаємо: Панахида. Властиво чому так часто після Літургії в неділю ми її відправляємо?

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The Church—The Gathering Place | Церква – місце спілкування

ChurchEaster2017The following is from an interview with Fr. Oleh Kindiy, Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv

People who attend Church don’t always consider themselves a part of a community. It’s easier for them to think of the Church as the priest or choir, ie: something beyond themselves. Doesn’t this remove personal responsibility?

I often ask people what percentage of the Church is made up by the clergy: priests, monks, bishops etc. The answer is between 30-50%, suggesting that lay people are only a segment of the Church that is primarily constituted by clergy. They are surprised when I tell them that clergy make up less than 1% of the Church. Lay people do not realize that they are the majority; they expect the priest to do everything: gather people and assign jobs for each to accomplish.

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Празник празників! Feast of feasts!

EasterThere is no more important celebration on the Christian calendar than today: the feast of the Lord’s resurrection. Among the many, many words that have been spoken and written about this day, none surpass those of the 4th century, St. John Chrysostom (who is credited as the author of our regular Divine Liturgy. His homily is traditionally proclaimed every Easter.

Let all the pious and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; let the wise servants blissfully enter into the joy of their Lord; let those who have borne the burden of Lent now receive their pay, and those who have toiled since the first hour, let them now receive their due reward …

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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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