“Св’ячене-Parish Easter Dinner”

Posted on April 8, 2018

We celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As part of this celebration each year our parish family enjoys during the Paschal Season our “Св’ячене-Parish Easter Dinner”.

Sunday of Saint Thomas

Posted on April 8, 2018

The Touching of Thomas, celebrated on the Second Sunday of Pascha (Antipascha)

by St. John Chrysostom
I have come to be resolved of the debt that has been incurred. For though I am poor, I force myself due to your gratefulness. I promised to show the faithlessness of Thomas, and low I am at hand to give it up to you, for I am willing to be the first to pay off the first debt, that the children of those who have been gathered might not be forfeited. Work, therefore, with me to pay off this debt, and let us entreat Thomas, that his holy right hand which touched the side of the Master might be laid upon our mouths, and innervate my tongue to discourse to you, the fervent ones. I, through the intercessions of the apostle and martyr Thomas, take heart, and preach his former indecision, and his second confession, that has become our Church’s armor and foundation. The Savior is coming to His own disciples through locked doors, and again proceeds as he entered, while Thomas along was missing.

This was therefore a work of divine providence, that the separation of the disciple would become a harbinger of increasing safety and surety. For if Thomas had not been absent, he would not have doubted; and if he would not have doubted, he would not have sought strangely; and if he would not have sought, he would not have felt; and if he would not have felt, he would not have been convinced of the Lord and God; and if he did not call Him Lord and God, then neither would we have been taught to hymn Him thus. For Thomas by not being present, has led us towards the truth, and later became more confirmed regarding the faith. Therefore the disciples told Thomas who came last of all: “We have seen the Lord, we have seen He Who said: ‘I am the light of the word’; we have seen Him Who said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life and the truth’, and the words of truth we found truly shining in Him. We have seen Him Who said: ‘After three days I will arise, and you will behold the resurrection’, and we worshiped Him Who was resurrected. We heard Him tell us: ‘Peace be unto you’, and our confusion of sadness was transformed into peace and joy. We beheld His hands showing the signs of the nails, we beheld the hands that were railed against by the God-hating dogs in rage; we beheld the hands that brought about our incorruption; we also beheld the side that cried out most radiantly of all with the compassion of He Who was wounded. We beheld the side that is hymned by the angels, and is honored by the faithful, and is trembling to demons. We also received a divine breath from His divine mouth, a spiritual breath, a breath that bestows every grace. We were ordained by the Master to be masters of remission of offenses, and we became lords of the judgment of sinners, for we received the commandment form Him: ‘If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven, and if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ Words like these we feasted on from the Savior, and gifts like these we received from Him. For how could we be enriched richly by the Master? And you poor man, will not remain so in the future.

What, therefore, did they say to Thomas? We have seen the Lord? Well, he told them, even if you saw Him, I certainly will not believe the rest. Having seen Him, do you preach Him? As for me, unless I behold in hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will not believe. For you did not believe until you first saw Him, and thus with me, I will not believe unless I see. Hold on, O Thomas, with this fervor, and hold on well, that you might see me and that I might confirm you in soul. Hold on, and seek Him Who says: ‘Seek and ye shall find’. Do not not stand by simply as an observer, if you do not find the treasure Whom you seek. Hold on, and knock at the door of indisputable knowledge, until He opens to you, Who says: ‘Knock, and the door will be opened to you.’ I embrace these senseless thoughts, that cut away every senselessness; I love the manner by which you wish to learn, which dashes apart every love of strife; and I especially hear you who say many times: “Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails, I will not believe.”

For by your doubting, I am taught to believe; by your forked-tongue that revealed the wound on the divine body that was pierced, I harvest the fruit for myself without pain. [For you said] unless I see with my eyes the wounds in His holy hands, then the impious would question, without accepting our words. Unless I place this my finger into the marks of the nails, then they will not receive our Gospel. Unless I place this my hand into that side, the untrampling witness of the resurrection, they will not believe my words…From now on, people will be preached of the wonders of the teacher: how will they accept these without seeing with their eyes? How will the faithless come to believe, and ultimately follow Him Whom I did? Will I say to the Judeans and Greeks that the Crucified One and my Master is risen, but I did not see Him, but simply heard of Him? And who will not laugh at my voice? Who will not ignore my preaching? It is one thing to hear, and another to see. It is one thing to receive words, and another to see and touch something. Therefore doubt conquered the mind of Thomas, and after eight days again the Master appeared to His disciples who were gathered together. He left Thomas during these days to be preached to by the others, and to fill him with the thirst for the vision of Him, and his soul was greatly inflamed with the desire to see. Therefore, at the proper time, the one who was desiring perceived the One Who is desired.

Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter. Воскресіння Господа Ісуса Христа.Пасха.

Posted on March 31, 2018

Христос Воскрес! Воїстину Воскрес! CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!

Із Христовим Воскресінням щиро Вас вітаємо!
Жити в радості й любові від душі бажаємо!
Запашною нехай буде Великодня паска,
І довіку буде з Вами світла Божа ласка.

We send the Paschal greeting of Love to all of you! May our Victorious Savior stay with you and your family throughout the year. I pray that you may receive this special joy and hope of Resurrection from our Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

Bulletin April 1-7

Велика Субота -Great Saturday

Posted on March 31, 2018

March 31, 2018


Today a tomb holds Him who holds the creation in the hollow of His hand; a stone covers Him who covered the heavens with glory. Life sleeps and hell trembles; and Adam is set free from his bonds. Glory to Thy dispensation, whereby Thou hast accom;ished all things, granting us an eternal Sabbath, Thy most holy Resurrection from the dead. Greek Hymn from Holy Saturday Morning Vigil.

Posted on March 30, 2018

Matthew 27:39-54

Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.
The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.”And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Велика П’ятниця – Great and Holy Friday

Posted on March 30, 2018

Good Friday Vespers with Placement of the Holy Shroud -Вечірня з Виставленям Плащаниці

Matthew 27:45-50 – Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

Posted on March 30, 2018

“It is hard for us to see in the accidents and trails of life, in sickness, in bereavement, in financial loss, in cancerous bodies and leprous limbs, any Divine Purpose. That is why our blessed Lord had to take suffering upon Himself, in order to show us that it is the Father’s Cup. Every tear, disappointment and grieved heart is a blank check. If we write our name on it, it is worthless. If we sign it with Christ’s name, it is infinite in its value. In prosperity, Christ gives you His gifts; in suffering with faith, He gives you Himself.”

~Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (Lenten & Easter Inspirations)

Holy Week -Страстний Тиждень

Posted on March 25, 2018

Posted on March 25, 2018

Sun March 25 10:00 AM Annunciation of The Theotokos. Blessings for all Parishioners.

Mon Mach 26 9:00 AM Great Matins

Tue March 27 9:00 AM Great Matins

Wed March 28 5:00 PM Holy Cross. Presanctified Gifts Liturgy.

Thu March 29 9:00 AM Vespers with the Liturgy of Saint Basil

5:00 PM The Holy Passion Matins. Reading of the 12 Gospels

Fri March 30 9:00 AM The Great Hours

3:00 PM Vespers with the placemet of The Holy shroud – Procession .

Sat March 31 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.

5:00- 5:30 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets in Church

Sun April 01 8:00 AM Nadgrobne. Resurrection Matins

9:00 AM Easter Divine Liturgy.Blessing of Easter Food. Myrovania

Mon April 02 8:30 AM Bright Monday. Mating

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy

Thu April 03 8:30 AM Bright Tuesday Mating

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy

Feast of the Annunciation to the Mother of God

Posted on March 25, 2018

March 25, 2018

Troparion, Tone 4: Today is the crown of our salvation,* and the unfolding of the eternal mystery;* the Son of God becomes the Virgin’s Son,* and Gabriel brings the good tidings of grace.* With him let us also cry to the Mother of God:* Rejoice, Full of grace! The Lord is with you.