The Head of the UGCC charged priests to expound each community on Catechism “Christ – our Pascha”
The Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav reminded priests not to forget about their status of being the first catechists, teachers of the righteous life at their parishes. Therefore, they are obliged to initiate and guide the whole catechistic process which should embrace all the parishioners.
It is signified in His Beatitude’s Sviatoslav appeal to the faithful of the UGCC on the Catechist’s Day on occasion of the Year of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky.
The Head of the Church, talking about the importance of a catechist’s mission, cites the words of a righteous metropolitan Andrey, who told that the most important in a Catechesis is a training to pray. Up to His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Metropolitan Andrey, in this case, was talking about a catechesis as an art. “As a sculptor creates an art work, the same a priest, with a work not less artistic, with a soft wax of a childish soul creates an image and similarity of Jesus Christ. He seems to paint an icon of Christ and, obviously, the more he inserts assiduity and artistic skills in this work… the more he inserts his prayer and sacrifice into this work, the higher and better appears to be the work of his hands”. Continue reading
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Today, we continue to solemnly observe the HOLY PROTECTION of our Sovereign Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. This feast was established in the tenth century, after the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary in Constantinople.
It was the year 903 AD, during the reign of the great emperor Leo the Wise. October 1st fell on a Sunday that year. St. Andrew, of Slavic origin, and his disciple Epiphanius made their way to the Church of the Mother of God in the district of Blachernae, close to the city walls, to take part in the all-night vigil for Sunday. Continue reading
St. Josaphat’s Bulletin
Oct. 4th to Oct. 9th
Sunday, September 27
- Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Tone 1;
- Holy Martyr Callistratus and His Wife;
- Our Venerable Father Nilus, Founder and Hegumen of the Grottaferrata Monastery.
Also, CATECHIST SUNDAY!
COMMISSIONING OF CATECHISTS will take place today, during the 9:30 am Divine Liturgy.
St. Josaphat’s Bulletin
Sept. 27th to Oct. 3rd
1. PRAYING WITH OUR BODY
When we pray, we try to pray from the heart using our minds. But when we make the Sign of the Cross or make a prostration, we bring our body into prayer and we pray with our body. Thus the whole person prays to God: heart, mind and body.
Today being the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross is a good opportunity to take a closer look at the deep meaning of the Sign of the Cross, which we so often make on our bodies as we pray, and why we should make this sign with great care and reverence.
2. THE RIGHT HAND
The two index fingers and the thumb of the right hand are joined together, as if they were one, as a reminder that God is ONE. We believe in the one true God! At the same time, the three fingers remind us that God is also a UNITY of THREE PERSONS: God the Father, Who loves us; God the Son, Who saves us; and God the Holy Spirit, Who dwells in us and sanctifies us.
The remaining two fingers remind us that Jesus is fully God and fully man, yet one Person. They are brought down into the palm of the hand to remind us that Jesus, the Son of God, came down from heaven for our salvation. Continue reading
In mid-June 2015, St. Josaphat contracted three restoration carpenters for the restoration of the 33 main floor windows and the construction of new storm windows. The carpenters have been using the rectory garage as their workshop during this project. The project has progressed extremely well and the main floor windows were fully restored and new storm windows were constructed and installed by mid-August. Since were ahead of schedule and under budget we proceeded to complete another 11 windows on the upper area of the west façade of the Cathedral. This work required major scaffolding in order to safely access these areas. The work has been completed. The 16 remaining windows are around the central drum of the main Cathedral dome and will be preserved in 2016. Continue reading