Very Rev. Fr. Yuriy Siwko, Rev. Fr. Vasyl Dmytryshyn, Rev. Fr. Vasyl Dovgan, Deacons Philip Harendza and Vasyl Pasakas, the student body of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ and faithful of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church celebrated with His Grace Bishop Daniel (in the presence of the Prime Hierarch of the UOC of the USA – His Eminence Metropolitan Antony) the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, a service during which all present in great humility make numerous penitential prostrations, praying: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy on me!”
There is no other sacred hymn which compares with this monumental work, which St Andrew wrote for his personal meditations. Nothing else has its extensive typology and mystical explanations of the scripture, from both the Old and New Testaments. One can almost consider this hymn to be a “survey of the Old and New Testament”. Its other distinguishing features are a spirit of mournful humility, hope in God, and complex and beautiful Trinitarian Doxologies and hymns to the Birth-Giver of God in each Ode.