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

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)

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

"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

What, then, are the things which are being prepared for those who wait for Him? The Creator and Father of the ages, the All-holy One, Himself knows their greatness and beauty. Let us then strive to be found among the number of those that wait, that we may receive a share of the promised gifts.

St. Clement of Rome