Deisis (Novogorod)

Rev. Mykola Kvych was abducted by “law enforcing forces of Crimea.” They just freed him. A court session is scheduled in two weeks.

UGCC priest Mykola Kvych was freed by “law enforcing forces of Crimea.” He was accused of administrative violations. He was suspected of organizing provocations. Rev. Mykola categorically denied this accusation. He informed that he will continue to stay in Crimea with his faithful.

(ugcc.org.ua) As we had informed, today unknown armed people directly from the church of the Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother in the city of Sevastopol kidnapped and by car took the priest, Rev. Mykola Kvych, the pastor of the church and the main army chaplain of UGCC in Crimea, in an unknown direction.

 

As the Department of the Patriarchal Curia of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for Pastoral Care in the Armed Forces of Ukraine informed today, during March 2014, more than once UGCC priests received threats, in word or in writing, and requests to leave the territory of Crimea.  However, all the pastors decided not to leave their faithful, especially at such a turbulent time.

 

UGCC Department of Information

 


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

Beheading

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise, * but for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's testimony is enough, * for you were shown to be truly more honorable than the prophets, * in that you were deemed worthy to baptize in the currents the Lord whom you had proclaimed. * Wherefore, having struggled with joy for the truth, * even to those in Hades you proclaimed God, Who had appeared in flesh, * Who takes away the sin of the world * and grants us great mercy. (Troparion - Tone 2)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The glorious beheading of the Forerunner was part of God's divine plan * that he might proclaim the coming of the Savior even to those in Hades. * So let Herodius weep for having demanded a lawless murder; * for she loved neither God's Law nor eternal life,* but only this false and fleeting life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that "the eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every place." But we should believe this especially without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let us be mindful always of the Prophet's words, "Serve the Lord in fear" and again, "Sing praises wisely" and "In the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to Thee." Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in the sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voice. 

St. Benedict