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Patriarch Sviatoslav: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church discriminated in Crimea

risu.org.ua - In Odessa we still pray in a private house, which serves as the Cathedral. Perhaps the most discriminated religious community in Ukraine”, said the Patriarch of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) during the Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Odessa on December 11, 2016, during his second pastoral visit to Odessa exarchate, informs the Information Department of the UGCC.

"Maybe, said the spiritual leader of the Greek Catholics, Odesa Greek Catholics is the most discriminated  religious community in Ukraine. But again I would to tell you, do not worry, because God is merciful. Be true Christians, be first to come to people, no matter what language they speak, what nationality they are or what religion profess. And we will go out of the Odessa underground".

The patriarch thanked the priests and nuns for their service in southern territories of Ukraine. And rewarded with the patriarchal diplomas lay people who actively support the development of the UGCC in Odessa.


Teachings of Christ

'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53-54 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Annunciation

Today is the fountainhead of our salvation, * and the revelation of an eternal mystery: * The Son of God becomes the Son of a Virgin, * and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. * Therefore, let us also cry with him to the Mother of God: * "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.

To you, O Mother of God, our leader and defender, * we, your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. * So you, who have invincible might, * set us free from every peril * that we may cry to you: * "Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!" (Kontakion, Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Abbot Macarius was asked: "How should I pray?" The staretz answered: "There is no need to waste time with words; it is enough to hold out your hands and say: 'Lord, have mercy.'  If you are hard pressed in the struggle, say: 'Lord, save me!' He knows what is best for you, and he will have mercy on you."

Abbot Macarius, quoted in St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality, Meyendorff, 1974, SVS Press