16.07, [12:02] // News // UGCC News // ugcc.org.ua

With the blessing of the Most Rev. Peter (Stasiuk), Eparch of Ukrainian Catholics in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, a week before the opening of World Youth Day a varied spiritual program is prepared for Ukrainian pilgrims. It includes the celebration of Divine Liturgies and Akathists [prayer services] to blesseds of the Ukrainian Church, catechism, round tables, meetings with Ukrainian bishops and acquaintance with the life of the Ukrainian community in Australia. In addition, a cultural program and participation in a youth festival are planned for young Ukrainians.

Father Edward Ivanko from Canada will present two spiritual musical performances, one of which is dedicated to the anniversary of the Holodomor [forced famine of 1932-3]. From Thursday the Ukrainian youth will take part in World Youth Day.

More than 225,000 young people are expected from 170 countries of the world.


Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

Seventh Ecumenical Council

O Christ our God, You are most glorious, * for You established our Fathers as lights upon the earth * and through them led us to the true faith. * O greatly Compassionate One, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The Son Who shone forth ineffably from the Father * was born two-fold in nature. * Beholding Him, we do not refuse the image of his form, * but piously depicting it, we honor it faithfully. * Therefore the Church, holding fast to the true faith, * kisses the icon of the incarnation of Christ. (Kontakion, Tone 6)

(Troparia of the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

“Only one sin is nowadays severely punished: the attentive observance of the traditions of our Fathers. For that reason the good ones are thrown out of their places and brought to the desert.” (ep. 243)