Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

УКРАЇНСЬКA КАТОЛИЦЬКA ЦЕРКВА ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ ГОСПОДНЬОГО


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Together we celebrate – together we are God’s people 6 | Разом святкуємо – разом ми Божий люд 6

MatinsMatins, the service of the morning, is the prayer of thanks to God for the new day and the beautiful world in which we find ourselves and through which we can come to know God more fully.

Matins is chiefly made up of psalmody and the “canon”. The canon is a series of verses organized into 9 Odes, which refer either to the day of the week, the saint of the day or to the wonder of God’s creation transfigured in the light of His resurrection.

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Together we celebrate – together we are God’s people 5 | Разом святкуємо – разом ми Божий люд 5

As was mentioned earlier, the Church year is organized around Christ’s Resurrection. Simultaneously the liturgical day is structured around the realization of Christ’s victory over death and sin.

Christianity has maintained the old Jewish notion that the day begins with the setting sun. Why? Because we await the morning of Christ’s Resurrection. Thus the first service of the new day is Vespers; we move from the old day to the new day – the day of Resurrection!

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From our Camino: a monk-pilgrim’s prayer | Із нашого Каміно: молитва монаха-паломника

Though I had crossed all the ways,
crossed mountains and valleys
from East up to West,
If I have not discovered the freedom of being myself
I have gotten to nowhere.

Though I had shared all my goods
with people of another language and culture,
made friendship with pilgrims of thousand paths
or shared lodging with saints and princes
If I am not able to forgive my neighbor tomorrow
I have gotten to nowhere.

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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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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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O Lord, and Master of my life

MasterofMyLifeWe 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.

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Хрестопоклонна неділя | Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross

HolyCrossToday 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!

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Ecological conversion for the rescue of creation | Екологічне навернення для порятунку створіння

EcologicalConversionAs 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.

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The Church—The Gathering Place|Церква – місце спілкування


ChurchEaster2017(Interview with Fr. Oleh Kindiy, Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv – continued)

Many people we interviewed replied that they believe in God but they don’t need a “middle man”. Others go to church when it’s empty. Still others attend for certain “rituals”: baptisms, weddings, or funerals. The majority generally don’t consider Church as community.

This is because, for instance, we teach catechism to children but only rarely in parishes do we have catechetical programs for adults. The Early Christians knew well that Church was a place to continuously deepen our faith, but we today have yet to recognize this. In terms of knowing God, there are no boundaries. On the other hand, at times people demand something from the Church, but when they are invited to, for example, a Parish Bible study, or a group to discover the beauty of the Byzantine Liturgy, they won’t take that next step; few respond to the additional offerings of their church.

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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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