On July 26-28, the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church will celebrate the 1021st anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’-Ukraine. All the Liturgies will include a reading of the “Appeal of Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church for the special occasion of the day of Saint Volodymyr and Baptizing of Rus’-Ukraine.” Also, after every Liturgy, priests will conduct for the whole community the rite of cross vows, blessing of water and the faithful.
On Sunday, July 26, 2009, at 10:00am, in the Patriarch Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (Kyiv, 5 Mykil'sko-Slobids’ka St.), the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will take place, which will be led by His Beatitude Lubomyr, Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, after which He will communicate with the press. Sunday’s program will be include a festive concert on the grounds of the Patriarchal Cathedral.
It should be noted that on July 19, a week before this celebration, all Liturgies in the churches of the Kyivan Archeparchy of the UGCC, included a reminder from priests about this important event for Ukraine, which is already celebrated in the Archeparchy for the third consecutive year. Additionally, as per the request of Reverend Bishop Joseph (Milyan), auxiliary bishop of Kyiv, every parish through the initiative of the church choirs, catechetical school, youth’s and parochial activists should organize concerts.
Information Department of the UGCC