Chicago, IL - The UGCC gave birth to not only patriarchs but also to ethnarchs for the world, for example, such as His Beatitude Lubomyr, whom we proclaimed our national intercessor for peace in Ukraine. Many people, regardless of their denomination, were standing in lines in order to bid farewell to him. His Beatitude Lubomyr knew about Bishop Venedykt's appointment, was happy about it, and was waiting for this day. And today he is happy with us in God. He is with us.

 This was said by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Father and Head of the UGCC, during the solemn dinner after the Liturgy with the Enthronement Service for the bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Nicholas in Chicago His Grace Venedykt (Aleksiychuk).

"This day is special because God has no any accidentals. Exactly on June 29, 1867 blessed Josaphat Kuntsevych was proclaimed a Saint of the Catholic Church,  also, on this day a miraculous icon of Our Lady of Zarvanytsia was crowned,"  added the Primate of the church.

Bishop Venedykt spoke about calling: "Monastic life  – is a calling… God is calling. Why? For what? You don't know. God is calling you. I am feeling even today that I had this calling and chose it.  Serving as a monk, a priest, a bishop, I tried to value people whom God was giving me."

According to Bishop Venedykt,  we are living until we awaken and encounter problems. "We cannot avoid problems. We are inevitably part of the problems. By the question is whether we use them as an occasion to do something good? Whether we are looking for the lessons which God wants to teach us in those problems? God, Who is Love, in every situation, problem and even sin, wants to teach us a lesson. That is why I thank God for my life, the only and unique, through which He is leading me. I don't know why God has led me here, but I believe that He wants to do something good here. I am not a Savior, but I came here so we could do something good together. It is not going to be easy and simple. But when we are working, the Lord will help us," emphasized Bishop Venedykt.

The Bishop recalled how, during the funeral of His Beatitude Lubomyr, many kind words were said about him: "It hurt me a little. Why? I was thinking that His Beatitude Lubomyr had to die in order to be valued. We have to value people and see what they have unique and special. Ukraine will be strong only when our diaspora is strong, and diaspora will be strong when Ukraine is strong. I am grateful to God that at this period of my life I am here. I am waiting for your support and collaboration. We mustn't be afraid of problems! May God help us follow this road of trust to God."

 At the end, the Bishop Ihor, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Lviv, gave some advice to the faithful: "Respect the Bishop and love him. Build together our church  here, care about it and live in peace among yourselves, help each other and grow in love. May God bless Bishop Venedykt and all of you."

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Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 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 praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Theophany is a Greek word meaning "manifestation or appearence of God".

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

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