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

 


Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the Victor, O Christ God, * saying “Rejoice!” to the myrrh-bearing women * and granting peace to your Apostles, * O You who gives resurrection to the fallen.” (Kontakion) 

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort. Repentance is self-condemning reflection, and carefree self-care. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. A penitent is an undisgraced convict. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance is purification of conscience. Repentance is the voluntary endurance of all afflictions. A penitent is the inflicter of his own punishments. Repentance is a mighty persecution of the stomach, and a striking of the soul into vigorous awareness.

St. John of the Ladder