Uniontown PilgrimageBy Frances Borsodi Zajac This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Uniontown, PA - Preparations are nearly complete for the 83rd annual pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, to be held Saturday and Sunday at Mount St. Macrina, just west of Uniontown along Route 40.

“A lot of things can’t be done until the last minute,’’ explained Sister Ruth Plante, provincial of the Byzantine Catholic Sisters of St. Basil, who hosts the event.

Volunteers and staff this past week have been preparing the outdoor sound systems, readying to place benches and to do food set up. People have been donating their time throughout the summer.

“We couldn’t do it without all the volunteers,’’ said Plante, noting they paint, weed and make beds. “During the course of preparation and the pilgrimage, over 200 people help in some way. If it wasn’t for their help, we wouldn’t be able to do it.’’

 

Volunteers are found among local residents and those who travel from out of state.

Byzantine Catholic churches in the district include St. Nicholas, Brownsville; Holy Ghost, Charleroi; St. Michael the Archangel, Donora; St. Stephen, Leisenring; St. Mary of the Assumption, Monessen; St. Mary Assumption, New Salem; St. Nicholas, Perryopolis; St. John the Baptist, Scottdale and St. John the Baptist, Uniontown as well as Holy Protection of the Mother of God in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Members of these churches and local communities are expected to be at Mount St. Macrina this weekend as well as pilgrims from as far away as Arizona and California.

Plante said, “I’m moved by the sacrifice they make to be at the pilgrimage. They say they can’t imagine not being here.’’

The largest and oldest Byzantine Catholic pilgrimage in the nation is conducted under the patronage of the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh.

Bishops who will participate include Archbishop William C. Skurla of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, Bishop Kurt Burnette of Passaic, New Jersey; Bishop John Pazak of Phoenix, Arizona; Bishop Milan Lach, apostolic administrator of Parma, Ohio; Bishop John M. Kudrick, bishop emeritus of Parma, and Bishop Gerald N. Dino, bishop emeritus of Phoenix.

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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 sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying:"If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2 Cor. 5:17). 

St. Gregory the Great