UK Visitrisu.org.ua - On Sunday 22nd October 2017, parish priest Rev Volodymyr Sampara, along with representatives of the Ukrainian community in Greater Manchester, welcomed His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Dormition of Our Lady in Manchester. Joining His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav at the celebration of the Pontifical Divine Liturgy was Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, Bishop Hryhoriy Komar (Auxiliary Bishop of Sambir-Drohobych), Rev Taras Khomych from the neighbouring parish of Liverpool and Very Rev Mitred Archpriest Bohdan Matwijiwczuk (administrator of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Great Britain).

Later that afternoon, His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav visited All Saints Ukrainian Church in Bolton. He was welcomed by parish priest Rev Ewhen Nebesniak SDB and Mr Hryhoriy Bolubash (a founding member of the Bolton Ukrainian community) and celebrated a Moleben to the Mother of God. The Right Reverend John Arnold (Bishop of Salford) was also present at the service. Councillor Roger Hayes accompanied by his wife Jaleh Hayes, along with Right Honourable Ms Yasmin Qureshi (MP Bolton South East) attended the commemorations in honour of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian Catholic Exarchate/Eparchy in the UK.

On Monday 23rd October 2017, His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav concluded his tour of Ukrainian Catholic parishes in Great Britain with a visit to Stockport and Wolverhampton Ukrainian communities.

Speaking at a reception held in Stockport Ukrainian Centre, and at the banquet held in his honour at Wolverhampton Ukrainian Cultural Centre, His Beatitude talked of the importance of keeping faith and culture at the heart of Ukrainian life in the UK. By doing so, the Church will not only survive, but also prosper as its richness and strength lies within its faithful.


Teachings of Christ

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

I pray Thee, compassionate Lord, do not allow me to be condemned because of the unworthy and ungrateful manner in which I contemplate the great mysteries that Thou hast revealed to Thy saints and through them to me, a sinner and Thy unworthy servant. For see, Lord, Thy servant stands before Thee, idle in everything, speechless, as one who is dead; and I do not dare to say anything more or to presumptuously contemplate further. But as always I fall down before Thee, crying from the depths of my soul. . . .

St. Peter of Damascus