In St Yura Cathedral, on September 3, 2017 during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy led by the Father and Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav, took place the solemn episcopal ordination of Bishop Andriy (Rabiy), Auxiliary Bishop for Philadelphia Archeparchy.

Rabiy Ordination

Lviv (ugcc.org.ua) - First of all the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, Archbishop Claudio (Gugerotti), read a bull from the Holy Father Francis, where the Pope proclaims the father Andriy Rabiy the Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, assigned him the Titular See of Germaniciana (US), granting all the rights and imposing obligations, which are connected with the dignity of a Bishop and authority according to the norms of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

 During his homily to the faithful the Father and Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav noted we became participants and witnesses of a special event. «We saw," said the Primate of the UGCC, "how the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit care about our Church. Because of His deep mysterious will our Lord planted a vineyard of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the whole world..."

The preacher reminded that last week  in Kyiv and Lviv we celebrated the 50-th anniversary of the World Congress of Ukrainians. "I saw our Ukrainians from various corners of the globe: from Southern Africa, Japan, China, from those countries, where we even cannot imagine that our Church is present through our faithful sons and daughters. Today we became participants of the episcopal ordination of the new Bishop, whom the Father sends in order to  care for our Church in the US,"  noted the Head of the Church.

Today we are asking ourselves, says the hierarch, what it means. What gospel, what good news the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is  telling from Ukraine – its maternal territory - for its sons and daughters in the whole world? "First of all – it's that the Lord and we, as his servants, care about our faithful in this whole world. Let us ask ourselves today, in what relation is this servant or us, as Bishops or priests, with the Master of God's vineyard? We are not  its owners, not its hired workers. Then who are we? Who is this Bishop, whom the Lord presented before our eyes today? He is a participant in the ministry of the very Son of God, Jesus Christ. He was given today by Jesus Christ, in the power and action of the Holy Spirit, the fullness of His eternal priesthood," believes His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

"Dear Bishop Andriy," addressed the new Bishop the Head of the Church, "we said today that Jesus Christ Himself, as the Son of God, became a vineyard, in His Person combined two natures, divine and human. We solemnly confessed this in "The Creed" before today's ordination. We can say that in your personality the Lord our God combines two realia of our Church — Ukrainian and American. You are a son of this land, a son of prince's city of Lviv, but the Lord called you for the ministry in another country, in another culture, in another dimension of the social, cultural and church life. But those two realia you combined in your personality. That is why today we feel the holiday of strength and unity of our Church."

In the Head's of the Church opinion, it doesn't matter where the children of Ukraine are living today, in Ukraine or in this settlements. This is one and the same God's vineyard, which the Lord our God planted, whom He protects and whom He cares about in an extraordinarily merciful fatherly way.

Finally His Beatitude Sviatoslav thanked the parents of the Bishop Andriy for such a wonderful son. 

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Teachings of Christ

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 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

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 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