Sunday Before The Exaltation Of The Holy Cross.

Posted on September 10, 2017

September 10, 2017

John 3:13-17 – “No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

By its elevation the Cross is like an appeal to the whole creation.
We adore the blessed passion of Christ our God
who was suspended on it.
By this Cross, Christ destroyed the one who had destroyed us.
In His great goodness, He brought us back to life after we had been dead.
In His mercy He clothed us with beauty
and made us worthy of heaven.
Therefore, we exalt His Name with great rejoicing
and glorify His infinite condescension. GREAT VESPERS

October 1, 2017 we will celebrate the feast day of the Protection of the Mother of God. Our church is name of the Mother of God. We will have a praznyk in our parish. This year we are fortunate to have the feast day fall on a Sunday which gives us an opportunity to celebrate together. After the divine liturgy probably at 10:15 am we will have a luncheon in our church hall beginning at 11:45. Please call the rectory or just place a note on your weekly envelope if you are able to attend. We are also looking for donations for the theme basket raffle for our parish. At this time the parishes in the Buffalo area will have the annual drawing for the Good Samaritan fund. All parishioners and friends are invited.

Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God .

Posted on September 8, 2017

September 8, 2017

Meditation on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(By St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

Before the birth of Mary the world was lost in the darkness of sin. “Mary was born and the dawn arose,” says a holy Father. Of Mary it had already been said: Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising? As the earth rejoices when the dawn appears, because it is the precursor of the sun, so also when Mary was born the whole world rejoiced, because she was the precursor of Jesus Christ, the Sun of Justice, who being made her Son, came to save us by His death; hence the Church sings, “Thy nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, announced joy to the whole world; for from thee arose the Sun of Justice, who has given us life eternal.” So that when Mary was born, our remedy, our consolation, and our salvation came into the world; for through Mary we received our Saviour.

This child being, then, destined to become the Mother of the Eternal Word, God enriched her with so great grace, that in the first moment of her Immaculate Conception her sanctity exceeded that of all the saints and angels together, for she received grace of a higher order–one that corresponded to the dignity of Mother of God.

O holy child! O full of grace! I, miserable sinner that I am, salute and adore thee. Thou art the beloved one, the delight of God; pity me, who on account of my sins have been hateful and abominable in His sight Thou, O most pure Virgin, knewest from thy very childhood so well how to gain the heart of God, that He never did and never will refuse thee anything, and grants thee all that thou askest. My hopes are therefore in thee; recommend me to thy Son, and I shall be saved.

When Mary was destined to be the Mother of God, she was also destined to become the mediatress between God and sinners. Hence the angelic St. Thomas says, “that Mary received sufficient grace to save all men,” and therefore St. Bernard calls her “a full aqueduct, that of her plenitude we all may partake.”

O my Queen, mediatress of sinners, perform thy office; intercede for me. My sins shall not prevent me from trusting in thee, O great Mother of God; no, I trust in thee; and so great is my confidence, that were my salvation in my own hands, I could place it in thine. O Mary, receive me under thy protection; for that is all my desire.

12th Sunday after Pentecost.

Posted on August 26, 2017

Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’’
(Matthew 19:26)

Ісус глянув на них пильно й мовив: “У людей це неможливо, Богові – все можливо.” (Мт 19,26)

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Happy Independence Day Ukraine

August 27, 1-8 PM – UKRAINIAN AMERICAN DAY – Celebrating the 26th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence on Sunday, at the Ukrainian Cultural Center “Dnipro” 562 Genessee St., Buffalo, NY Prayer of Thanksgiving (Moleben) 1:30 PM Authentic Ukrainian food, live vocalists and musicians, Ukrainian dancers, art displays, craft vendors, full selection of Slavic beers, huge raffle, bounce house.

11th Sunday after Pentecost . Postfeast of The Dormition of the Mother of God.

Posted on August 18, 2017

‘And forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors.’ For we have many sins. For we offend both in word and in thought, and very many things we do worthy of condemnation; and ‘if we say that we have no sin’ ({bible}1 John 1.8{/bible}), we lie, as John says. […] The offenses committed against us are slight and trivial, and easily settled; but those which we have committed against God are great, and need such mercy as is His only. Take heed, therefore, lest for the slight and trivial sins against you, you shut out for yourself forgiveness from God for your very grievous sins. (Catechetical Lectures, 23.16)

For God seeks nothing else from us, save a good purpose. Say not, How are my sins blotted out? I tell thee, By willing, by believing. What can be shorter than this? But if, while thy lips declare thee willing, thy heart be silent, He knoweth the heart, who judgeth thee. Cease from this day from every evil deed. Let not thy tongue speak unseemly words, let thine eye abstain from sin, and from roving after things unprofitable. (Procatechesis) St Cyril of Jerusalem

BulletinAug 19-26

Dormition of the Mother of God. August 15.

Posted on August 18, 2017

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the
Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion – Tone 1)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life.
(Kontakion – Tone 2)

A“Mary becomes the first human person to realize the historical destiny of the faithful as members of Christ’s mystical Body, beyond time, beyond death, and beyond judgment. By her Assumption she goes ahead like her Son to prepare a place for us. Mary always seems to be the Advent of what is in store for man. She anticipates Christ for nine months, as she bears Heaven within her; she anticipates His Passion at Cana and His Church at Pentecost. Now in the last great Doctrine of the Assumption, she anticipates heavenly glory, and the definition comes at a time when men think of it least.” ~Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (World’s First Love)

Seven Sunday after Pentecost.

Posted on July 24, 2017

Gospel (Matthew 9:27-35): And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed [him], crying out, “Son of David,* have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land. As they were going out,* a demoniac who could not speak was brought to him, and when the demon was driven out the mute person spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said,“He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.

Євангеліє: (Матвея 9:27-35). І як Ісус відходив звідти, слідом за ним пустилися два сліпці й кричали: “Помилуй нас, сину Давидів!” І коли він увійшов до хати, сліпці приступили до нього, а він спитав їх: “Чи віруєте, що я можу це зробити?” – “Так, Господи!” – кажуть йому ті. Тоді він доторкнувся до їхніх очей, мовивши: “Нехай вам станеться за вашою вірою!” І відкрились їхні очі. Ісус же суворо наказав їм: “Глядіть, щоб ніхто не знав про це.” Та ті, вийшовши, розголосили про нього чутку по всій країні. А як вони виходили, приведено до нього німого, що був біснуватий. Коли ж він вигнав біса, німий почав говорити, і люди дивувалися, кажучи: “Ніколи щось таке не об’являлося в Ізраїлі!” Фарисеї ж говорили: “Він виганяє бісів князем бісівським!” Ісус обходив усі міста і села, навчаючи в їхніх синагогах, проповідуючи Євангелію царства та вигоюючи всяку хворобу й недугу.

Bulletin July 22-29 .

Calendar of Upcoming Events in Buffalo and Western New York

August 2, Sunday, 11:30 am -5:00 pm. Annual Picnic. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church

308 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY. Pyrohy (Pierogi), Holubtsi (Cabbage Rolls), Baked Goods, Theme Baskets, Raffles. Enjoy an afternoon with your friends, renew old acquaintances. Calling all children!!! Meet clown Piccadilly, Balloons, etc. 2-3 PM. Website

August 27, Sunday, 1:00pm – 8:00pm. Ukrainian-American Day Festival. Ukrainian Cultural Center “Dnipro”. 562 Genesee Street, Buffalo NY 14204
Featuring Ukrainian dancers, live music with the Karpaty ensemble and Hank Kozlowski, delicious Authentic Ukrainian food, cash bar, Bounce House for the kids, games, arts & craft vendors, historic building tours, and lots of family fun, rain or shine. FREE Admission, Ample parking available. For more info call Akacia 674-4916.

Sunday of The Father of The Six Ecumenical Council.

Posted on July 15, 2017

Troparion, Tone 5: Let us the faithful acclaim and worship the Word,* co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,* and born of the Virgin for our salvation.* For He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, to suffer death* and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.

BulletinJuly 15-22 .

July 15, 2017 Holy Grand Prince Vladimir, Equal to the Apostles, Named Basil at Holy Baptism.

Posted on July 15, 2017

Troparia. In Tone 4
You resembled the merchant who sought the pearl of great price,* O Vladimir, glorious in might:* seated on the throne of Kiev, the divinely saved mother of the cities of Rus’,* as a seeker you sent envoys to the Imperial City* to know the orthodox faith,* and found Christ the pearl, who chose you as another Paul,* and removed your blindness both spiritual and bodily in the holy font.* Therefore, we your people feast your falling asleep.** Pray that the leaders of Rus’ be saved with those entrusted to them.

5th Sunday after Pentecost.

Posted on July 8, 2017

Gospel: (Matthew 8:28-9:1):

At that time when Jesus came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, ‘What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?’ Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. The demons begged him, ‘If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ And he said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. And after getting into a boat he crossed the water and came to his own town.

Євангеліє: (Мт 8,29-9:1): Одного разу, коли Ісус прибув на той бік, до землі Гадаринської, перестріли Його два біснуваті, що вийшли з могильних печер, дуже люті, так що ніхто не міг переходити тією дорогою. І ось, вони стали кричати, говорячи: Що Тобі, Сину Божий, до нас? Прийшов Ти сюди передчасно нас мучити? А оподаль від них пасся гурт великий свиней. І просилися демони, кажучи: Коли виженеш нас, то пошли нас у той гурт свиней. А Він відповів їм: Ідіть. І вийшли вони, і пішли в гурт свиней. І ось кинувся з кручі до моря ввесь гурт, і потопився в воді. Пастухи ж повтікали; а коли прибули вони в місто, то про все розповіли, і про біснуватих. І ось, усе місто вийшло назустріч Ісусові. Як Його ж угледіли, то стали благати, щоб пішов Собі з їхнього краю! І, сівши до човна, Він переплинув, і до міста Свого прибув.

“To be angry with another, is to open oneself up to the devil. Nothing gives more pleasure to the powers of Hell than anger among brothers and sisters, and the moment a rift is made in a relationship by uncontrolled anger, the evil spirit pours into us like a torrent.”
~St. John Chrysostom

4rd Sunday after Pentecost. Sunday of All Saints of Rus’-Ukraine

Posted on July 1, 2017

Troparion, Tone 4: O you, who glorified Christ:* princes and bishops,* monastics and martyrs,* and steadfast confessors of Christian Ukraine throughout all times,*pray Christ God to look with favour on our people* and to grant them the grace to persevere in the faith* that the souls of prayerful faithful* who revere your sacred memory* may be saved.

Bulletin July 1-7

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June 29, 2017. Holy, Glorious, All-Praiseworthy and Chief Apostles, Peter and Paul

“Today on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul it is good to remember that God will accomplish His ends with people who are imperfect.

Too many times, we make excuses as to why we cannot serve, be it lay or clergy roles, because of our imperfections and fear of failing. We will mask it with “I am too busy.”

Consider, though, that God calls a man who was in the process of persecuting the early Church to be His Apostle to the Gentiles. We know Jesus is aware of this in that He asks St. Paul why he is persecuting Him? Yet, the Holy Spirit transforms the misplaced zeal of Saul and changes it into the zeal of Paul.

Consider that Jesus places as the head of His Church a man who who caved into fear, could be impetuous, and denied even knowing Him. Yet, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, he transforms Simon bar Jonah into the Peter the Rock.

In salvation history takes imperfect individuals and molds them into saints. He takes them when they’re ‘too young’ (Jeremiah, Mary, David) or ‘too old’ (Abraham, Sarah, Elizabeth). He takes people with a past on a regular basis. God is well aware of the limitations, capabilities, and pasts of those He calls.

By virtue of our baptism, we are called to serve and build up the Body of Christ, the Church. God is not looking for our success, He is looking for our obedience. Excuses are hiding places for those who do not trust in God’s goodness. WE are called to and graced with better (especially through the Sacramental life of the Church), let us muster the courage and faith necessary and pursue the path of service and holiness we are called to live.”

~Father Bill Peckman