Yearly Archives: 2016

God Created On Day 1

God Separated the Light from the Dark Genesis 1:1-5 1 In the beginning when God created[a] the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God[b] swept over the face of the waters. … Continue reading

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In the Beginning…

Happy New Church Year! September 1st was the first day of the new liturgical year. A pious tradition of the Church holds that Jesus of Nazareth began preaching the good news of His mission on September 1st. When our Lord … Continue reading

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Live-streaming Mercy conference

Sr Ann Laszok, OSBM sent the below note. Please take advantage of the opportunity to delve deeper into your faith by attending the Saturday conference which is conveniently streamed online. Glory to Jesus Christ! Not only will we be Live … Continue reading

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The Prayer of St. Ephrem

The Prayer of St. Ephrem By the Most Reverend Basil H. Losten, D.D., S.T.L., LL.D (Hon) Eparch Emeritus, Eparchy of Stamford, UGCC O Lord, and Master of my life, give me not the spirit of slothfulness, faintheartedness, lust for power, … Continue reading

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Patriarch Sviatoslav on the Meeting of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

Below are excerpts from an interview with Patriarch Sviatoslav on the topic of the Cuban meeting of Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The full interview can be read in English here and in Ukrainian here. The joint declaration … Continue reading

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Customs of a Christian Death

Customs of a Christian Death The Sacrament of the Sick An anointing with holy oil that is recommended for any baptized person who is seriously ill. This ritual invites God to bless the individual, forgive his or her sins, purify … Continue reading

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Funerals and Memorials

Funerals and Memorials A pastoral letter by Melkite Bp. Nicholas (Samra) Prayers for the Sick and for the Dying Our Church has a number of prayers and services interceding for the needs of the sick. Whenever a person is sick … Continue reading

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Resurrection of the Dead

Resurrection of the Dead As we experience the grief associated with death, we may be overwhelmed by a variety of emotions, thoughts, and questions. In these difficult moments of life, Christians are encouraged to embrace the principals of faith, namely: … Continue reading

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Great Fast Pastoral

2016 GREAT FAST PASTORAL OF THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF THE U.S.A. TO OUR CLERGY, HIEROMONKS AND BROTHERS, RELIGIOUS SISTERS, SEMINARIANS, AND BELOVED FAITHFUL “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36) There is a story of a … Continue reading

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Prayer for the Dead

Prayer for the Dead 2 Maccabees 12:44-45 For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he was looking to the … Continue reading

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