risu.org.ua - "Gospel words “Come and see” are resounded to all of us today, since Fasting is a period when Church calls us to meeting with God. The Son of God wants to meet us and invites meeting Him!"

It was said by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Father and Head of the UGCC during a homily at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv, on Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 20th.

Moreover, the Head of the Church thinks that time of Great Fasting is a time of an open heaven. “This fasting road we have started is a road to heaven, the way of God’s mercy, the way of confessing our sins, and a moment of meeting God. So come and see what does it mean to encounter God in a Church life: in Penance, where God is waiting for us ready to embrace, forgiving our sins, and in Eucharist after what, we can see heavens, open above and angels, descending on us as those who were made to be God’s sons and daughters in the womb of our Church”, said a preacher.

It is known that exactly on Sunday of Orthodoxy Church refers to icons. Where can apply to in order to encounter the Son of God present in Church and His saints? “An icon is a space for meeting what we can personally feel. The icon changes everybody who comes to it”, explained His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

That is why it is not surprisingly the strategy of UGCC development is called “A vibrant parish – a place to encounter the Living Christ”. For everything Church owns (a prayer, chants, prostrations, Liturgy) gives us an opportunity to encounter the One, whom our hearts are waiting for, whom our Christian faith and hope lead to, Whom our love is accomplished in.

“Having met God, we ought to direct our eyes to a live icon, who we all are, - proceeds the Major Archbishop of the UGCC. How important it is to see God Who wants us to meet in those persons who are rejected today. Thus, the true fasting has three constituents: prayer, fast and almsgiving. There is no truly full Christian experience without almsgiving”.

At the end of the homily the Head of the UGCC invited everybody to come and meet Christ, Who opens His embraces to us. “Now you, in turn, embrace those who are mostly in need because of the war in Ukraine”, encouraged he.

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Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 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)

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Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Souls that love truth and God, that long with much hope and faith to put on Christ completely, do not need so much to be put in remembrance by others, nor do they endure, even for a while, to be deprived of the heavenly desire and of passionate affection to the Lord; but being wholly and entirely nailed to the cross of Christ, they perceive in themselves day by day a sense of spiritual advance towards the spiritual Bridegroom. 

St. Macarius the Great