The new year of formation for the six seminarians at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, D.C. began on Friday, August 25. Classes for the seminarians at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. commenced on Monday, August 28.

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Pictured above in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Centralia, Pa. during the August 27 A Call to Prayer Marian Pilgrimage are (l. to r.) Andrew Perrong, Philadelphia Archeparchy; Philip Gilbert, ,Chicago Eparchy; Subdeacon Alex Bricki, Philadelphia Archeparchy; Very Rev. Robert J. Hitchens, seminary rector; Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka; Very Rev. Wasyl Kharuk, spiritual director; Martin Nagy, Chicago Eparchy; Kairo Chorne, Philadelphia Archeparchy; Bohdan Vasyliv, Philadelphia Archeparchy.

 

Rev. John M. Fields
Communications Office
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia


Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 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

"In the matter of piety, poverty serves us better than wealth, and work better than idleness, especially since wealth becomes an obstacle even for those who do not devote themselves to it. Yet, when we must put aside our wrath, quench our envy, soften our anger, offer our prayers, and show a disposition which is reasonable, mild, kindly, and loving, how could poverty stand in our way? For we accomplish these things not by spending money but by making the correct choice. Almsgiving above all else requires money, but even this shines with a brighter luster when the alms are given from our poverty. The widow who paid in the two mites was poorer than any human, but she outdid them all."

St. John Chrysostom