risu.org.ua - Thanks to the coordinated cooperation between the faithful, hierarchs and priests in Western Europe, where the UGCC has no church entities, 255 religious communities have been successfully opened, 173 of which are under the care of priests. Head of PMD Bishop Joseph (Milian) was reported as saying this in a speech the meeting of bishops of the Eastern Catholic Churches of Europe, which continues in the Portuguese town of Fatima.

“The phenomenon of migration to modern Europe has become a major challenge, in which some see a threat, while others see a chance. Looking at this phenomenon in the light of faith, one can see the hand of Divine Providence, which wisely leads humanity. The light of faith tells us to see each the person sent us by the Lord, firstly as a child of God, who is created in His image and likeness. I am sure that only such theological approach can help us find answers to questions about where and in which direction we should move in the pastoral care of the eastern Catholic migrants in Europe,” Bishop Joseph said.

The bishop stressed that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church continues to work and continue to work hard to pastoral care had all the faithful in their countries of residence. In order to properly coordinate the pastoral care, he said, in 2007, the Pastoral Migration Department was officially founded, "that I head within the mission I was entrusted by the head of the UGCC.”

The activities of the department, according to the head of PMD, were aimed primarily at establishing pastoral care in countries where the UGCC has its own church entities. “Thanks to the coordinated cooperation between the faithful, hierarchs and priests in Western Europe, where the UGCC has no church entities, 255 religious communities have been successfully opened, 173 of which are under the care of priests. It is just superficial statistics, but the number of communities tends to grow,” Bishop Joseph said.

The bishop noted that Ukrainian migrants engender a new Ukrainian diaspora in Europe, being more and more aware of the need for the development of their church identity through active participation in the sacraments of their Church.

“I think the time, Kairos, has come when we have a chance in Europe to apprehend the beauty of the Catholic Church in full, in its various rites and liturgical traditions. We are required only to create conditions to ensure that they are properly developed and serve spiritual and cultural heritage of the people, where they found their protection,” head of PMD said. It was reported by the Information Department of the UGCC.


Teachings of Christ

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

Joachiam and Anna Rejoice

Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, * for God has heard Joachim and Anna * and He promises manifestly that they, against all hope, would give birth to the Maiden of God * from whom the Uncircumscribed One Himself would be born, becoming man, * and he commanded the Angels to cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

Today the whole world celebrates * the conception of Anne which was brought about by God, * for she gave birth to the one who, beyond understanding, * gave birth to the Word. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

While the Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept: Give ear, ye prudent, to our Lord's parable, for it is all light. All of them slept, both the foolish and the wise -- Which signifies that the good and the wicked die until the resurrection. The same sleep comes upon the ten of them, which is as much as to say, That death is the same for all creation without distinction. One was the sleep of the wise and of the foolish, For one is death, both of the righteous and of sinners. The good die, as the wise virgins slept; And the bad die, as the foolish also slept. Behold, all creation looketh for the coming of the Bridegroom, Christ, Who cometh at the end with His angels. But since He hath tarried, all generations slumber and sleep with the sleep of death, while looking for when He cometh.

A Homily on the Ten Virgins by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Serugh