St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

April 18, 2014

VENERATION OF SHROUDS AT EIGHT CHURCHES

Youth will be travelling from parish to parish in Edmonton to visit the Holy Shroud in every church Continue reading

EASTER MESSAGE OF HIS BEATITUDE SVIATOSLAV

Most Reverend Archbishops and Bishops,
Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers,
Venerable Brothers and Sisters, Dearly Beloved in Christ of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

UGCC Head Beatitude SviatoslavBeloved in Christ,

In the midst of this year’s challenges and uncertainty, Pascha, “the day which the Lord has made” (Ps 117:24), is for us a day of inexpressible joy and hope. On the brightest feast of Christ’s Resurrection, our Holy Church celebrates the mystery of opposites reconciled: burial and resurrection, death and life, crucifixion and glory, sorrow and joy. This is the great Paschal Mystery – the very Continue reading

His Beatitude Sviatoslav placed the Ukrainian people under the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God

Beatitude Patriarch SviatoslavThe Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) renewed the Act of Consecrating Ukraine to the Intercession of the Holy Mother of God. “Unto Your Holy Intercession Blessed Virgin, receive your children, oh, Most Holy,” said the Church Primate.

The renewal of the Act of Consecrating the Ukrainian people to Continue reading

St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

April 12, 2014

Palm Sunday willowsPlease pick-up a willow branch as you enter into church today. We ask that you hold your willow branch in your hand as you would a lit candle during the Divine Liturgy; and to raise it up during the reading of the Gospel and the singing of “Holy, Holy, Holy…” prior to the consecration.

The willows will be blessed by the sprinkling of water after Holy Communion.

The Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt

Repentance of Saint Mary of EgyptIntroduction

On the Fifth Sunday of Lent the Orthodox Church commemorates our Righteous Mother Mary of Egypt. The feast day of Saint Mary of Egypt is April 1, however, she is also commemorated on this Sunday due to her recognition by the Church as a model of repentance. Continue reading

Veneration of the Holy Shroud

Veneration of the Shroud

ON GOOD FRIDAY

At the Vesper Service, we symbolically stand beneath the cross with Mother Mary and John, as Jesus gives up His spirit into the hands of His heavenly Father. Then, after the reading of the Gospel, together with Joseph of Arimathea and others, we symbolically help take the body of Jesus down from the cross and carry it to the holy tomb for burial. Continue reading