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

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Let not us who would be Christians expect anything else than to be crucified....for to be Christian is to be crucified in this time and in any time since Christ came for the first time. His life is the example and warning to us all. We must be crucified personally,mystically; for trough crucifixion is the only path to resurrection, if we would rise with Christ, we must be humbled with him even to the ultimate humiliation, being devoured and spit forth by the uncomprehending world.... We must be crucified outwardly in the eyes of the world, for Christ's kingdom is not of this world and world cannot bear it, even a single representative, even for the single moment.

Fr Seraphim Rose