Entry into Jerusalem

The Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem

By Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Today Christ enters the path not only of His sufferings but of that dreadful loneliness which enshrouds Him during all the days of Passion Week. The loneliness begins with a misunderstanding; the people expect that the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem will be the triumphant procession of a political leader, of a leader who will free his people from oppression, from slavery, from what they consider godlessness – because all paganism or idol-worship is a denial of the living God. The loneliness will develop further into the dreadful loneliness of not being understood even by His disciples. At the Last Supper when the Saviour talks to them for the last time, they will be in constant doubt as to the meaning of His words. And later when He goes into the Garden of Gethsemane before the fearful death that is facing Him, His closest disciples, Peter, John and James – whom He chose to go with Him fall asleep, depressed, tired – hopeless. The culmination of this loneliness will be Christ’s cry on the cross, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Abandoned men, rejected by the people of Israel He encounters the extreme of forsakenness and dies without God, without men, alone, with only His love for God and His love for mankind, dying for its sake and for God’s glory.
Continue reading

To His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk

To His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk

Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych

“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 36[35]:8).

As people of faith we take refuge under the protective “wings” of the Lord, because while we are, indeed, carriers of divine grace, we are so as vessels of clay (see 2 Corinthians 4:7). In some circumstances, our human condition is made even more fragile due to difficult historical situations, which leave their mark on the life of the People of God, of the Community, which Jesus Christ our Lord acquired with His Blood.
Continue reading

Meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill.

«Two Parallel Worlds»

– An Interview with His Beatitude Sviatoslav

On February 12, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, the leaders of two Churches, met at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. The meeting took place in a closed setting. It lasted more than two hours.

The meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill concluded with the signing of a Joint Declaration, which elicited mixed reactions on the part of the citizenry and Church representatives of Ukraine.

Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk)His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Head of the UGCC, shared with us his impressions of the meeting in general and of the document in particular. Continue reading

St Gregory PalamasSt. Josaphat’s Bulletin
Feb. 21st to 26th 

St. Gregory Palamas
2nd Sunday of Lent

Our Venerable Father Timothy of Symbola (8th c.); Our Holy Father Eustathius, Archbishop of Great Antioch (338) Wonderworker and Hermit;