risu.org.ua - On November 10, 2017 in Lithuania, began solemnities on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of establishing the Basilian order of St. Josaphat, in which participates His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

In the frames of the event, His Beatitude Sviatoslav met with the first vice speaker of the Seimas of the Lithuanian Republic Rima Bashkienie. In the meeting took part, in particular, vice-speaker of the Seimas of the LR Arvidas Nekroshius, the head of the Committee on social protection and employment Algirdas Sisas, the head of the Committee on security and defense Vitautas Bakas, the deputy head of the Committee on international affairs Egidiyus Varejkis, a member of the Committee on international affairs, the head of the subcommittee on transatlantic relations and democratic development Zhygimantas Pavilionis. In the meeting also took part the Ambassador of Ukraine to the LR Volodymyr Yatsenkivsky, lithuania.mfa.gov.ua informs.

During the meeting the sides noted the high level of the mutual relations in various spheres, their important historical basis. His Beatitude Sviatoslav expressed gratitude to the Lithuanian side for supporting Ukraine, he informed about goals of development of the UGCC in Ukraine and the whole world. The Lithuanian side, in particular, expressed readiness to further support our state.

On that day, on the occasion of the Jubilee year of the 400th anniversary of the Basilian order, in the Lithuanian state historical archive took place the solemn opening of the exhibition of the historic documents from the history of the Order, which co-organizer was the Embassy of Ukraine to the LR. This event drew the attention of the public; it was attended by the representatives of the UGCC delegation, headed by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Minister of culture of the LR Liana Ruokitie-Yonson, Ambassador of Ukraine to the LR with his wife, representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine to the LR, Ukrainian community of Lithuania, diplomats, accredited in Lithuania, researchers, leading local media.

On that day in the Embassy of Ukraine to the LR took place a friendly meeting of the UGCC delegation, representatives of the Ukrainian Embassy, accredited in Lithuania, Ukrainian community of Lithuania with the representatives of the Lithuanian society.


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)

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

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even if we have thousands of acts of great virtue to our credit, our confidence in being heard must be based on God's mercy and His love for men. Even if we stand at the very summit of virtue, it is by mercy that we shall be saved. 

St. John Chrysostom