On November 25, Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic bishops of Ukraine issued an appeal on the occasion of the Holodomor Remembrance Day, in which expressed solidarity and prayerful closeness on these days of nation-wide remembrance and mourning for the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine.

Appeal

Having gathered in Lviv-Bryukhovychi, we, the Catholic bishops who perform our ministry in Ukraine appeal to all the faithful of our Churches as well as to all compatriots to express our solidarity and prayerful closeness on these days of nation-wide remembrance and mourning for the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine.

On the day that we remember the tragic events we pray especially for all who have died of starvation so that they become partakers of the Heavenly Table of our Lord.

The ineffable suffering of our people was due to various godless ideologies. Making joint efforts to clean our past, each of us must make a sincere examination of conscience, asking God to forgive the evil that had taken place, and may continue to take place in our lives.

We encourage our clergy and faithful to lift onto God the thanksgiving prayer for daily bread during the Mass. I also thank God for the Eucharistic Bread – the Body of the Risen Christ, through which He feeds our souls. Let us ask the Lord that we had trust and faith in Him, the Creator and Giver of material and spiritual wealth.

Today, as yesterday, many people who live beside us are lacking food and warmth. We urge everyone to proceed with the acts of mercy, showing compassion and active solidarity, especially with people in our society who lack the basic necessities - the poor, orphans, elderly, internally displaced persons, wounded, prisoners and other people in need. We particularly encourage those our compatriots who have enough bread to share with those who lack it.

In a joint prayer for peace in our beloved Homeland, we are calling down the blessing upon the entire Ukrainian nation.

Source:RISU | ugcc.orgua


Teachings of Christ

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 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)

Holy Forefathers

Through faith, O Christ, you justified the Forefathers, * betrothing through them in advance the Church of the gentiles. * The Saints exult in glory, * for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit: * she who gave birth to You without seed. * Through their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us. (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.

You did not honor a hand-depicted image, O thrice-blessed ones, * but defended by the undepicted Being you were glorified in a trial by fire. * And, standing in the midst of unbearable flame, you called upon God: * “Hasten, O Compassionate One, and speed to our help, * for You are merciful and You can do whatever you will.” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

(Second Sunday Before Christmas)

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, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Long ago, the wily one cast his weapon and wounded Adam and killed him; Indeed, he completely destroyed the weak man. But now, even if he struck the bodies of the noble men, he did not destroy their spirits. He persuaded the first-created man to fall by words, but not even by deeds, the noble ones. Bewitching the former, he made promises; he made offers to the latter: For Adam, the making of a god; for the martyrs, honor. He offers what he does not have; he suggests bestowing things not in his authority. Therefore, saints, having shattered his scheme, You gained crowns. 

Kontakia of Romanos, On the Forty Martyrs of Sebasteia I.