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

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Seraph could not touch the fire's coal with his fingers, but just brought it close to Isaiah's mouth: the Seraph did not hold it, Isaiah did not consume it, but us our Lord has allowed to do both. 

St. Ephraim the Syrian