Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton Українська Католицька Едмонтонська Єпархія

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Family Matters - Growing Holy Families in the 21st Century

Pope Francis has asked that the whole Church take time to reflect on family life: What is God’s will for families? How do we live a life of Holiness? What is the meaning of the Sacrament of Marriage? etc. To help renew our marriages and family life the Edmonton Eparchy has devoted a new section on the website: Family Matters – Growing Holy Families in the 21st Century.
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New Particular Law for the Ukrainian Catholic Church

Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk promulgated the new Particular Law for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on April 7, 2015. Both the English and Ukrainian texts are now available for reading and study.
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Becoming a More Welcoming Parish: Letter on the Survey Results

Thank you to all who responded to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton’s “Becoming a More Welcoming Parish” survey. The Eparchial Pastoral Council and I have compiled the results and will be using them as a foundation for engaging our Ukrainian Catholic community in the process of renewal, as addressed in the 25 Year Pastoral Plan (the Plan). We will also be sharing results pertinent to each parish with the respective parish pastors and councils to help each parish to build on its strengths and grow into an even more welcoming parish.
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The Shroud of Turin an Official Replica

By Bishop David Motiuk: It is with much love and great joy in my heart that I welcome you to Saint Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral as we solemnly receive and place on exposition for veneration an official replica of the Shroud of Turin.
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Restoration of the Liturgical Practice of the KISS OF PEACE (ENG/UKR)

The Kiss of Peace is an expression of reconciliation and unity between the people present at a liturgical assembly. It originates with the widespread custom, in the ancient Western Mediterranean world, of people greeting each other with a kiss on the cheek. This was the custom in ancient Judea and was also practiced by Christians.
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25 Year Pastoral Plan

Over the past several years, the Eparchial Pastoral Council has embarked upon an ambitious endeavour in discerning and preparing a 25 Year Pastoral Plan for the Eparchy of Edmonton.
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Becoming A More Welcoming Parish

I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matthew 25:35) The Ukrainian Catholic Church throughout Alberta has embarked upon an exciting and courageous 25 Year Pastoral Plan, entitled Evangelization: A New Springtime.

Home of Hope Project

The Edmonton Eparchy in partnership with the Bridge of Hope has embarked on a charitable project entitled “Home of Hope”. It is a sanctuary and support for teenage girls, who no longer qualify for Ukrainian Government protection services, and need a safe place to work on their education and career.
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From Pascha to Pascha: We are Easter People - Let Us Beam With Festive Joy








Bishop David

On January 25, 2007, he was appointed Bishop of the Eparchy of Edmonton and was enthroned on March 24, 2007 at St. Basil Church in Edmonton.

Our Mission:

To lead all people into a continual deepening personal relationship with Jesus Christ, in and through His Church: By knowing God, loving God and serving God.


Mailing Address: 9645 -108 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta Phone: (780) 424-5496 Fax: (780) 425-2330 Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm Email: chancery [at] edmontoneparchy [dot] com

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News on the Papal Synod on the Family

First General Congregation: the Synod is the Church that walks together to see reality with the eyes of faith, says the Pope Vatican City, 5 October 2015 (VIS) – This morning at 9 a.m. the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world” commenced in the Vatican. In the presence of the Holy Father, the first to speak was the Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, who presented to the Synod Fathers a brief meditation summarising the intentions and spirit of the Assembly. “Brothers, who come from the four corners of the world summoned by Peter, moved by the love of Jesus and the Mother Church”, he began. “St. Paul invites us, indeed, to joy. The joy of the gospel that Pope Francisco tirelessly proclaims worldwide. But as he himself has told us, the greatest risk in the world today, with its multiple and overwhelming consumption, is an individualistic sorrow that springs from the comfortable and covetous heart, the feeble search for superficial pleasures, the isolated consciousness. Sometimes it saddens us to hear how the world has focused on this Synod as if we came together as two opposing sides to defend entrenched positions. Therefore, with Jesus Christ joy is always born and reborn’”. “But let us take heart”, he continued. “We are not a Church in danger of extinction or indeed far less. Neither is the family, although it is threatened and opposed. Nor do we come to mourn or lament the difficulties. Psalm 26 tells us: ‘Be brave, take heart.... read more

+ Sr. Stephanida Maria Rawlyk, SSMI Falls Asleep in The Lord

Sr. Stephanida Maria Rawlyk, a Sister Servant of Mary Immaculate, died at the Lamont Health Care Centre, AB on  Saturday, October  10, 2015. Maria  was born on February  02, 1921, in Ukraine, Stanislaviv Oblast, district of Horodenka,  daughter of  Demetrius  (Dmytro) and Catherine (Budjak). The family emigrated to Canada in 1927, settling on a farm  in the Moon Hills District, located 85 km. north of Saskatoon,  near the town of Blaine Lake.  She attended the local rural school, where she received her elementary education. The 1930s were the years of severe economic depression and poor crops, but the farmers survived because they were self-sufficient raising livestock and poultry and planting large gardens. Maria, being the oldest daughter, helped her parents with domestic and farm chores, sacrificing a high school education. Since immigrants from Western Ukraine began obtaining homesteads in this district from 1905, a Ukrainian Catholic parish church was built in 1910 in the village of  Krydor.  The parish priest from the nearby Hafford Church served the parishioners at the time the Rawlyk Family lived in the area. Maria’s parents were dedicated Ukrainian Catholics, faithfully attending the church and sharing their faith with their children.  The priest who served the Krydor parish noted Maria’s  love of prayer and her her upright Christian life.  He encouraged her to become a Sister Servant of Mary Immaculate and fully supported her vocation in his letter of  recommendation to the Sisters. With this encouragement and pastoral support, Maria joyfully entered the Novitiate of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Mundare, AB, as a postulant on  January 21, 1942. Before beginning her formation... read more

Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter

The choice of theme this years has clearly been determined by the Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and the Holy Father undoubtedly desired that World Communications Day would provide the appropriate occasion to reflect on the deep synergy between communication and mercy. In the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee Year, in paragraph 12, the Pope affirms that: The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person.  He adds: Her language and her gestures must transmit mercy, so as to touch the hearts of all people and inspire them once more to find the road that leads to the Father. It is helpful, in this regard, to remember that our reflection is situated in the context of an awareness that communication is a key element for the promotion of a culture of encounter. The Pope, on this occasion, refers to the language and gestures of the Church but the context makes it clear that all men and women in their own communications, in their reaching out to meet others, ought to be motivated by a deep expression of welcome, availability and forgiveness. The Theme highlights the capacity of good communication to open up a space for dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation, thereby allowing fruitful human encounters to flourish. At a time when our attention is often drawn to the polarized and judgmental nature of much commentary on the social networks, the theme invokes the power of words and gestures to overcome misunderstandings, to heal memories and... read more


(11 FEBRUARY 2016) Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, The twenty-fourth World Day of the Sick offers me an opportunity to draw particularly close to you, dear friends who are ill, and to those who care for you. This year, since the Day of the Sick will be solemnly celebrated in the Holy Land, I wish to propose a meditation on the Gospel account of the wedding feast of Cana (Jn 2: 1-11), where Jesus performed his first miracle through the intervention of his Mother. The theme chosen – Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5) is quite fitting in light of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The main Eucharistic celebration of the Day will take place on 11 February 2016, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, in Nazareth itself, where “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14). In Nazareth, Jesus began his salvific mission, applying to himself the words of the Prophet Isaiah, as we are told by the Evangelist Luke: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19). Illness, above all grave illness, always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep. Our first response may at times... read more

Pope’s letter on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican City, 1 September 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, regarding the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, in which he reaffirms his hope that the jubilee indulgence will lead every person to a “genuine experience of God’s mercy” and explains that it can also be obtained by incarcerated persons. In addition, he grants to all priests, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the faculty to absolve from sin those who have resorted to abortion, repenting and asking forgiveness with a sincere heart, and establishes that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach the priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins. The following is the full text of the letter: “With the approach of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy I would like to focus on several points which I believe require attention to enable the celebration of the Holy Year to be for all believers a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God. It is indeed my wish that the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective. “My thought first of all goes to all the faithful who, whether in individual Dioceses or as pilgrims to Rome, will experience the grace of the Jubilee. I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as... read more

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis For the 31st World Youth Day

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7) Dear Young People, We have come to the last stretch of our pilgrimage to Krakow, the place where we will celebrate the 31st World Youth Day next year in the month of July.  We are being guided on this long and challenging path by Jesus’ words taken from the Sermon on the Mount.  We began this journey in 2014 by meditating together on the first Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3).  The theme for 2015 was: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8).  During the year ahead, let us allow ourselves to be inspired by the words: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). 5. The Jubilee of Mercy With this theme, the Krakow 2016 WYD forms part of the Holy Year of Mercy and so becomes a Youth Jubilee at world level.  It is not the first time that an international youth gathering has coincided with a Jubilee Year.  Indeed, it was during the Holy Year of the Redemption (1983/1984) that Saint John Paul II first called on young people from around the world to come together on Palm Sunday.  Then, during the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, over two million young people from around 165 countries gathered in Rome for the 15th World Youth Day.  I am sure that the Youth Jubilee in Krakow will be, as on those two previous occasions, one of the high points of this Holy Year! Perhaps some of you... read more

Head of the UGCC: “Today the Church has a sacred duty to protect and preserve the family”

Source: Translated by Fr Athanasius McVay “The modern family in Ukraine is marked by difficulties of post-communist society, which undergoes rapid social and cultural emancipation”, said His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the UGCC, reporting today during the third general meeting of the Synod of Bishops. “Next year the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will mark the 70th anniversary of its forced liquidation by Stalin in the Soviet Union and forced amalgamation to the Russian Orthodox Church. From that time, a Via Crucis began for bishops, priests, monks and nuns, and above all the numerous Christian families who were torn from their land and relocated in the wide Siberian wilderness, stressed His Beatitude Sviatoslav. During this period of persecution of the Church, families became hearths where faith in God was preserved and where new generations have received the gift of faith, becoming a authentic domestic churches.” “In their houses, underground priests made sure to find hiding places for the Lord’s altar where, during the silence of the night, the celebrated the Eucharist and the other Holy Sacraments.” After the collapse of the Soviet Union, new challenges in the form of mass migration, stresses head of the UGCC. “Families of believers, especially mothers, once again brought our Church to countries where we had more recently become present, particularly in Western Europe. Often these Ukrainian mothers and grandmothers restored Christian and human values in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese families, and others. Many elderly people in these countries passed to eternity, reconciled with God and received the Sacrament of Holy Anointing, thanks to a Ukrainian nurse.” During the twentieth century, priests followed emigrants... read more

Pope Francis’ Catechesis on the Family – 27: Nations

The family – 27. Nations Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! This is our concluding reflection on marriage and the family. We are at the threshold of two beautiful and challenging events, which are directly linked to this important theme: The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the Synod of Bishops here in Rome. Both are of world-wide significance, corresponding to the universal dimension of Christianity as well as the universal scope of what is fundamental and irreplaceable in the human community, namely, the family. The current transition in civilization seems to be marked by the long-lasting effects of a society governed by economic technocracy. This subordination of ethics to the logic of profit commands substantial resources and the widespread support of the media. In this context, a new covenant between man and woman has become not only necessary, but crucial for emancipating humanity from the colonization of money. This covenant should once again guide politics, the economy and civil coexistence! It decides the habitability of the earth, the transmission of love for life, the bonds of memory and hope. In this covenant, the familial-conjugal union of man and woman is the generative grammar, the “golden knot”, we might say. The faith draws it from the wisdom of the creation of God, who has entrusted to the family, not the care of intimacy as an end in itself, but rather the exciting project of making the world “domestic”. At the beginning there was the family, at the root of this world culture that saves us… saves us from many, many attacks, from so much destruction, from so many... read more

Youth Convention: October 16 -18th

October 16 -18th Ukrainian Catholic Youth Convention “Family and Faith Today”. The UCY convention is a Fun Filled Faith weekend for youth in grade 7 to Young Adult. There are many activities planned from spending time at the Marian Centre, meeting youth from other parishes. Cost $55 – drop in/ partial/ not overnight $65- accommodations at (St Josaphat basement) this includes all sessions, breaks, lunch, reception, & banquet. Contact Millie at 780-424-5496 or email: youth [at] eeparchy [dot]... read more

2015 Patriarchal Sobor Resolutions

We, the delegates of the 6th Session of the Patriarchal Sobor of the UGCC, gathered in Ivano-Frankivsk in the region of Prykarpattya, on the 25th-27th of August 2015, under the leadership of the Father and Head of the UGCC, His Beatitude Sviatoslav, discussing the theme “The Vibrant Parish – A Place to Encounter the Living Christ,” have developed specific directives for the life of our Church in Ukraine and elsewhere. By His presence at the Sobor, we testify that it is precisely in the parish that the faithful most frequently encounter Christ through Christian instruction, community prayer and service to one’s neighbour. Fostering and reviving parish life, we thus animate the entire Church. In view of this, we are presenting these proposals, which are divided into three levels: patriarchal, eparchial, and parochial.  THE WORD OF GOD Patriarchal Level: For the continuing formation of priests, and the formation of seminarians: In homiletics courses, to pay attention to different approaches and methods of preaching among different categories of people. To hold a practical course on the prayerful reading of the Sacred Scriptures (Lectio Divina). To call the faithful continually to pray for good and zealous priests, preachers of the Word of God. To remind all the faithful of their duty to evangelize as witnesses of Christian life. To work on and publish the Sacred Scriptures (translated by Ivan Khomenko) electronically, and with comments, explanations, and reference material: symphony, where to find parallels, other Ukrainian translations as well as a dictionary of the Greek language. Eparchial Level: To request diocesan bishops to support and encourage the development of a biblical apostolate in... read more

Pope Francis’ Catechesis on the Family – 26: Community

The family – 26.Community Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Today I would like to focus our attention on the connection between the family and the Christian community. This bond is natural, so to speak, because the Church is a spiritual family and the family is the domestic Church (cf. Lumen Gentium, n. 9). The Christian community is the home of those who believe in Jesus as the font of brotherhood among all human beings. The Church journeys among her people, in the history of men and women, of fathers and mothers, of sons and daughters: this is the history that matters to the Lord. The great events of worldly powers are written in history books, and there they will remain. But the history of human feelings is written directly in the heart of God; and that is the history that will endure for eternity. This is where life and faith are located. The family is the place of our irreplaceable and indelible initiation into this history… into this history of life in its fullness, which will culminate in heaven with the contemplation of God for all eternity, but which begins in the family! And that is why the family is so important. The Son of God learned the human story in this way, and he walked in it to the very end (cf. Heb 2:18; 5:8). It is beautiful to contemplate Jesus and the signs of this bond! He was born into a family and there “he learned about the world”: one shop, four homes or so, a tiny village. Yet, living for 30 years there, Jesus absorbed... read more

Photos: World Meeting of Families

2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit, Philadelphia – Celebrating Families, “Love is Our Mission, Families Fully Alive.” Pictured here are delegates from the Eparchy of Edmonton – Bishop David, Dale and Bernadette Mandrusiak (St Nicholas Parish, Edmonton), and Fr Mark Bayrock, Glen and Charlene Kulak and sons Luke, Ben and Andrew (St Stephen Parish, Calgary), with special guest “Pope... read more

Pope Francis’ Catechesis on the Family – 25: Evangelization

The family – 25. Evangelization Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! In this last stage on our journey of catecheses on the family, let us broaden our gaze to the way in which it lives out its responsibility to communicate the faith, to transmit the faith, both inside and out. At first, what may come to mind are several Gospel expressions that seem to oppose the bonds of family and the following of Christ. For example, the strong words that we all know and we all have heard: “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Mt 10:37-38). Naturally, by this Jesus doesn’t intend to cancel out the fourth commandment, which importantly is the first commandment directed at others. The first three are in relation to God, this one is directed at people. Nor can we think that, after performing his miracle for the newlyweds in Cana, after consecrating the marriage bond between man and woman, after restoring sons and daughters to the life of the family, would the Lord ask us to be insensitive to these bonds! This is not the explanation. On the contrary, when Jesus affirms the primacy of faith in God, he finds no paragon more fitting than that of familial love. Moreover, these same familial bonds, within the experience of the faith and love of God, are transformed, they become “filled” with greater meaning and become capable of going beyond themselves, to create a fatherhood and motherhood, and to welcome as brothers and... read more

Pope Francis’ Catechesis on the Family – 24: Prayer

The family – 24. Prayer Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! After reflecting on how the family lives the time of celebration and that of work, let us now consider the time of prayer. The most frequent complaint of Christians is actually with regard to time: “I should pray more…; I would like to but often I have no time”. We hear it all the time. The regret is sincere, certainly, because the human heart always desires prayer, even without realizing it; and if it doesn’t find it, it is not at peace. But in order to find it, we need to cultivate in our hearts an “ardent” love for God, an affectionate love. Let us ask a very simple question. It’s good to believe in God with all our heart, it’s good to hope that he will help us in difficulty, it’s good to feel obliged to give him thanks. All this is just; but do we love the Lord, even a little? Does the thought of God move us, amaze us, soften us? Let us think of the wording of that great Commandment, which is the basis of all others: “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Dt 6:5; cf. Mt 22:37). The formula uses the intense language of love, addressing it to God. See, the spirit of prayer dwells here above all. And if it dwells here, it dwells all the time and never leaves. Are we able to think of God as the caress that keeps us alive, before which there... read more

Pope Francis’ Catechesis on the Family – 23: Work

The family – 23. Work Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! After having reflected on celebration in the life of the family, today we will ponder a complimentary element, that of work. Both are part of God’s creative design, celebration and work. Work, as it is commonly said, is necessary for maintaining the family, for raising children, for ensuring a dignified life for our loved ones. In speaking about a serious, honest person, the most beautiful thing that can be said is: “he or she is a worker”, one who works, one who in a community doesn’t just live off of others. There are many Argentinians today, I see, and I will say what we say: “No vive de arriba” [Don’t just live it up]. And indeed work, in its many forms, beginning with that in the home, is also concerned with the common good. Where does one learn this hard-working lifestyle? First of all, one learns it in the family. The family teaches work through the example of the parents: the father and the mother who work for the good of the family and of society. In the Gospel, the Holy Family of Nazareth appears as a family of workers, and Jesus himself is called “son of a carpenter” (Mt 13:55) and even “the carpenter” (Mk 6:3). And St Paul would not fail to warn Christians: “If any one will not work, let him not eat” (2 Thess 3:10) — that’s a good recipe for losing weight, you don’t work, you don’t eat! The Apostle explicitly refers to the false spiritualism of some who indeed live off their... read more

Pope Francis’ Catechesis on the Family – 22: Celebration

The family – 22. Celebration Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Today we open a short series of reflections on the three dimensions that articulate, so to speak, the rhythm of family life: celebration, work, prayer. Let’s begin with celebration. Today we will speak about celebration. And let’s say straight away that celebration is the invention of God. Let us recall the conclusion of the story of Creation in the Book of Genesis, which we have heard: “And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation” (2:2-3). God himself teaches us the importance of dedicating time to contemplate and enjoy what has been done well in work. I speak of work, naturally, not only in the sense of employment and profession, but in the broader sense: every action by which we as men and women cooperate in God’s creative work. Thus celebration is not lazily lounging in an armchair, or the euphoria of foolish escape. No, celebration is first and foremost a loving and grateful look at work well done; we celebrate work. You too, newlyweds, are celebrating the work of a fine period of engagement: and this is beautiful! It is the time to look at your children, or grandchildren, who are growing up, and to think: how beautiful! It’s the time to look at our home, the friends we host, the community that surrounds... read more

Letter: CCCB President to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on Assisted Suicide

Source: Dear Minister, Further to the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada this past February 6, the Catholic Bishops of Canada welcomed the announcement you made in media interviews last month when you said that the federal government will soon reveal details of its public consultations regarding new legislation on assisted suicide. More recently, my brother Bishops and I also noted media reports a few weeks ago which quoted you as saying that the consultation, “while not formally announced, has begun.” Our Church and our Conference are deeply concerned about the implications of the Court’s ruling. The classic words of the Hippocratic Oath bind medical practitioners to keep patients “from harm and injustice”, and not to “give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it” nor to “make a suggestion to this effect”. The Court’s ruling not only erodes society’s appreciation for human life, but also the trust and confidence all people, particularly those most vulnerable, should have in medical personnel and health-care institutions to protect their lives. Moreover, as the Court itself has noted, Parliament, as well as provincial legislatures and colleges of physicians, now need to follow up on preventing this ruling from impacting the Charter rights of physicians, and on what is now an urgent need to protect all health-care workers and managers from being compelled to provide, or be involved in, physician-assisted suicide. Catholics have an enduring commitment to and involvement in health care. Our country today benefits from the services of many Catholic health-care institutions, and a large proportion of what are today provincially operated hospitals originated through the work and... read more

Liturgical Propers

Divine Liturgy and Vespers Texts

October 11, 2015 Commemoration of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, Tone 3; The Holy Apostle Philip, One of the Seven Deacons; Our Venerable Father Theophanes the Branded, Composer of Canons (845)

GREAT VESPERS At Psalm 140 In Tone 3 Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name. By Your Cross, O Christ our Saviour, the power of Death has been vanquished and the deceit of the devil has been destroyed. Therefore, mankind, saved by faith, offers You hymns of praise… Read more...

October 9, 2015 Holy Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus

GREAT VESPERS Kathisma Reading Blessed is the man… is sung. At Psalm 140 In Tone 4 Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;* O Lord, hear my voice! With the net of charity, admirable James, you drew the human race from the sea of vanity, and yielded them to the practice of… Read more...

October 6, 2015 Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas

GREAT VESPERS Kathisma Reading “Blessed is the man…” is sung. At Psalm 140 In Tone 4 If You mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?* But with You forgiveness is that You may be revered. Your hand probed the side of the Lord, finding the perfection of all goodness and joy. Like a sponge you have… Read more...

October 4, 2015 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Octoechos Tone 2; The Holy Priest-Martyr Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens; Ammon the Anchorite (350); Vladimir, Prince of Novgorod and his mother, Anne (1051); our Venerable Father Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

GREAT VESPERS Kathisma Reading “Blessed is the man…” is sung.   At Psalm 140 In Tone 2 Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name. Come, let us adore God the Word, Who was born of the Father before all ages, and was incarnate of the Virgin Mary; for… Read more...

September 27, 2015 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Octoechos Tone 1; Holy Martyr Callistratus and His Wife; Our Venerable Father Nilus, Founder and Hegumen of the Grottaferrata Monastery

GREAT VESPERS Kathisma Reading “Blessed is the man…” is sung. At Psalm 140 In Tone 1 Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name. Accept our evening prayer, O holy Lord, and grant us forgiveness of sins, for You alone manifested the Resurrection to the world. The just shall… Read more...

September 20, 2015 Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Octoechos Tone 8; Holy Great-Martyr Eustathius and Those with Him (276-82); Holy Martyrs and Confessors for the Faith, the Grand Prince Michael, and His Nobleman Theodore, Wonderworkers of Chernihiv (1245)

GREAT VESPERS  Kathisma Reading “Blessed is the man…” is sung.  At Psalm 140 In Tone 8 Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name. O Christ, during this spiritual service, we sing to You these evening prayers, commemorating the mercy You have shown us by Your resurrection. The just… Read more...