SUNDAY LITURGY CHANGE!

Divine Liturgy Time Change AheadBeginning this Sunday
October 5

In response to the results of our initial survey and our recent vote on Sunday Liturgy times, and taking into the account the needs of young families, the English Sunday Divine Liturgy will be moved from 9:00 am to 9:30 am.
Sunday, October 5

  • 9 AM – Rosary Prayer 
  • 9:30 AMDivine Liturgy in English
  • 11:00 AMDivine Liturgy in Ukrainian
Blessed Bishop Martyr Nykyta Budka

God’s Martyr, History’s Witness: Blessed Nykyta Budka

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton is pleased to announce the publication of a biography of Bishop Nykyta Budka. Authored by Rev. Dr. Athanasius D. McVay, God’s Martyr, History’s Witness: Blessed Nykyta Budka, the First Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Bishop of Canada was co-published by the Edmonton Eparchy together with the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies in Ottawa.

Father McVay examines Bishop Budka’s life in the context of Ukrainian, Canadian, and Catholic history. As the author notes, Budka’s Continue reading

Iconography of Saint Demetrius

St. Demetrius, Great Martyr

Feast Day: October 26

Demetrius was of noble ancestry, the son of the Roman military governor for the city of Thessalonica. Although his parents were prominent in pagan Roman society, they were secretly Christians. Demetrius was raised in the faith, well-educated, formed in virtue, wisdom and goodness of heart.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Demetrius became a high-ranking officer in the Roman army. Impressed by his military expertise, Caesar Galerius Maximian (ruling in the Eastern half of the Empire) appointed Demetrius Continue reading

“Go Out Into the Deep and Lower Your Nets” Luke 5:1-11

The Calling Of The Apostles Peter And AndrewAs you well know, St. Peter was in the fishing business when Jesus first met him. He was a fisherman, and most likely very good at what he did for a living. We can safely say that he was an “expert” at his trade.

But like all who are in business, particularly fishermen and farmers, there are some years that are good, and some years that are not so good. Fishermen know that on some days they can use all the skills they have, and yet their efforts are to no avail. They return home with little or nothing to show for their day’s efforts.

Today’s Gospel account finds Peter in one of those days. Simon Peter and his partners had been fishing all night and caught absolutely nothing. We find him on the next morning ashore, washing his nets and getting ready to go home empty-handed. Continue reading

P​rayer to the Mother of God

Father Peter in the Divine Liturgy’s homily (17th Sunday after Pentecost) reminds us to include the our morning prayers a devotional prayer to the Mother of God.

BVM - Deposition of the Holy SashMary, Most Holy Mother of God, I entrust​ ​myself to you completely as my spiritual​ ​mother. At every moment of my life protect​ ​and guide me. Teach me to grow in the likeness​ ​of your Son, our God and Saviour, Jesus​ ​Christ.

Amen

This prayer can be found in the Beneath the Mantle of Your Mercy – A Devotional Prayer Book.

Mother of God

The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

Troparion & Kontakion
The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos:

“Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church, and with choirs of Saints she invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and Bishops venerate Her, Apostles and prophets rejoice together, since for our sake she prays to the Eternal God!”

This miraculous appearance of the Mother of God occurred in the mid-tenth century in Constantinople, in the Blachernae church where her robe, veil, and part of her belt were preserved after being transferred from Palestine in the fifth century. Continue reading

The Parable of the Talents

Gifts from God

Gifts from GodIt is good to often remind ourselves and our children, that nothing really belongs to us. “All is grace” (St. Therese). Everything is a gift from God, the Creator, Lord and Master of all. The sun and the entire universe – it all belong to God. The Earth upon which we live has been entrusted to us that we, as God’s stewards, tend to it and take care of it on His behalf. Continue reading