Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk

The Head of the UGCC to Sisters Basilians:

“At the time when modern world and culture are looking for power, the sisters took the vow of obedience for life”

“The Gospel for the 12th Sunday tells us about debts which people owe each other. We heard that a king had a servant who owed him ten thousand bags of gold. It’s a fantastic amount, tons of gold. There is no such money in the whole golden currency reserve of Ukraine. In the ancient world, when this Gospel was written, no one in the whole Roman empire possessed such money. Ten thousand bags of gold could not have been gathered in the whole Judea and Galilee as a tax to the Roman emperor for the whole year. Isn’t it strange how one person could have spent such money? On the other hand, how could one return it? Therefore, even when the king told him to sell everything (his wife, his whole property), he wouldn’t get the money he needed. Then this servant began to ask the master: ‘Be patient with me and I will pay back everything.’ That master canceled the debt.”

This was said by the Father and Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav in his homily during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the Sts. Cyril and Methodius nunnery for the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great in Lviv. During the Divine Liturgy two nuns made their profession of perpetual vows. Continue reading

The Vineyard

The Parable of the Vineyard

The Parable of the Vineyard appears in three of the gospels (Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19), with Matthew’s account being the most complete. However, there are additions in the others; hence, it is wise to study all three accounts to achieve the greatest understanding. To get the context of what is happening, we first need to look at Matthew 21:18.

Early in the morning, Jesus goes to the temple courts to teach (21:23). While He is teaching, the chief priests and elders confront Him, wanting to know by what authority He is teaching. Not allowing them to control the conversation, Jesus answers the question by first asking a question (21:24-26). They do not like His question nor His response to their answer; essentially, He has told them that they can’t save face from their obvious attempt to cajole Him and, therefore, He is not obligated to answer their question (21:27). What Jesus told them is that John the Baptist and He received their authority from the same source. Jesus continues by telling them two parables: the first one is the Parable of the Two Sons, and the second is the Parable of the Vineyard, sometimes called the Parable of the Wicked Tenants. Jesus’ response to them causes the leaders to become angry and puts them into further opposition to Jesus. Continue reading

Curing an Epileptic Boy

Curing an Epileptic Boy

(Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43)

Likely, when it became day, Jesus and his disciples 0descended from the location where he had been transfigured. Arriving where his other disciples were, he saw a large crowd around them. Certain scribes were disputing with his disciples. Possibly these scribes were trying to discredit Jesus, because of the inability of his disciples to cure a boy in his name.

Jesus’ unexpected arrival appears to have startled the crowd. Seeing Jesus, the people began to run toward him to greet him. In response to his inquiry about their disputing, a man in the crowd spoke up, “Teacher, I brought my son to you; he has a spirit of muteness.” After telling about the boy’s afflictions, the man added, “I brought him to your disciples, but they were unable to cure him.” (Matthew 17:16; Mark 9:14-18; Luke 9:37-40).

Possibly, after first speaking out from the midst of the crowd, the man knelt before Jesus, pleading, “Lord, pity my son, for he is an epileptic [literally, “moonstruck]” (Matthew 17:14, 15; Luke 9:38). Continue reading

Dormition of the Mother of God

The Dormition of the Mother of GodDivine Liturgy tonight
August 15th at 7 PM

In the Cathedral
The Dormition of the Mother of God is painted on the ceiling between the nave and the transept. Untraditionally, the Blessed Mother is depicted alone, without the Apostles. With hands folded, she is gazing towards heaven. The background for this painting consists of the wings of four angels.