Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

УКРАЇНСЬКA КАТОЛИЦЬКA ЦЕРКВА ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ ГОСПОДНЬОГО


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Christianity in Ukraine and the struggle for Orthodox unity | Християнство в Україні та питання православної єдности

OurUkraineThe desire for an autonomous Orthodox Church resurfaces in the national revival of the early twentieth century.

On May 5, 1920 a group of Orthodox Ukrainians in Kyiv proclaim the creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The Church is destroyed by the Soviet government in 1921 and survives only in the West.

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Christianity in Ukraine and the struggle for Orthodox unity

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Until 1169, this icon was found in the Vyshorodsky monastery in Kyiv. After he sacked Kyiv, Andrij Bogolubsky stole the icon and placed it in a Church in Vladimir-Suzdal (today in Russia).

Currently in Ukraine, events are unfolding surrounding the Orthodox Church that will have immense implications for Christianity as a whole. Although for some this may seem only a matter between Ukraine and Moscow, it does in fact have a much broader impact.

We are witnesses to very significant developments in
Ukraine which have a serious impact on the religious life of our people and hopefully will set right an historic wrong in the life of the Christian community in Ukraine.

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Християнство в Україні та питання православної єдности

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До 1169 р. ця ікона знаходилася у Вишгородськім монастирі в Києві. Після плюндровання Києві, Андрій Боголюбський її вкрав і положив в церкву в Владимирі- Суздальському.

Currently in Ukraine, events are unfolding surrounding the Orthodox Church that will have immense implications for Christianity as a whole. Although for some this may seem only a matter between Ukraine and Moscow, it does in fact have a much broader impact.

In order to better understand these issues the next few bulletins will explain the background and the current developments in both Ukrainian and English.

Today’s material is in Ukrainian, it will be in English next week.

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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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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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Patriarch Svyatoslav on a unified calendar | «Немає двох святкувань Різдва, а є дві дати його святкування», ‒ думки Глави УГКЦ про дату святкування Різдва

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In a pre-Christmas interview for the Church’s “Live TV”, His Beatitude shared his thoughts about a unified Christian calendar.

Here is a summary of his opinions.

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Молитва за мир | Prayer for peace

PrayforUkraineAll the Catholic bishops of Ukraine called for 24 hours of Fervent Prayer for peace in Ukraine from Dec. 7 to the 8th. The appeal was signed by the heads of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Bishop of Mukachevo.

“For the fourth successive year war has been undertaken against our land. The faithful of Ukraine bring daily to the altar of God the tears and pain of the people, beseeching God to free them from the invasion, grant protection and help for those who suffer and eternal peace for deceased”, the bishops’ letter states about the aim of such initiative.

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Reflections of Patriarch Svyatoslav

PatSvyat2From its very inception the Church’s proclamation of the Gospel has centred on defending human life from conception to natural death. However, our life does not end with the conclusion of our earthly journey; there is more to it than our life in the visible, material world.

We should do all we can so that those who are ill, suffering, or dying always experience respect for their human dignity even in the most challenging moments of their life.

Unfortunately, in Ukraine and throughout the world, there abound various theories that deny the dignity of those who are sick, infirm or dying. Even Plato said that if someone is ill they need not be healed, rather they should be left to die. Clearly this contradicts Christian mercy and the call to love our neighbour.

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A NEW LITURGICAL YEAR | НОВИЙ ЦЕРКОВНИЙ РІК

LiturgicalNewYear(Psalm 65: 10, 12) You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; … You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.

Did you know that September 14th, rather than January, marks the beginning of the Liturgical year?

We have ended our liturgical cycle with the blessing of flowers on the Feast of the Dormition, marking the mortal death of the Mother of God, and we restart the cycle celebrating her birth (Sept. 21st).

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70th anniversary of “Operation Vistula (Wisla)”

Operation WislaApril 28-29 marks the 70th anniversary of the horrific “Operation Vistula (Wisla)”: the forced deportation of approximately 140,775 Ukrainians from their traditional territory which in 1945 became part of Poland.

During the Operation, thousands of people died. This act of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Communist authorities was a clear attempt to destroy the Ukrainian population by moving them westward and limiting their concentration in a foreign territory (which had been annexed from Germany).

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