Considering the pastoral liturgical needs of the clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, as well as those in Western Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand, the Liturgical Commission of the Church reviewed the release of the Service Book – Volume I and the positive feedback that was received. In addition, the members of the Commission welcomed the final proofs of the bilingual Small Prayer Book, which is set to be released in August of 2014. The 260 pages publication was popularly described of the IPhone 4 size, and it comes in a hardbound format with two separate color covers – black and white.
In addition, members of the Commission reviewed the texts for the upcoming bi-lingual publications of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and set the following goals for the following three years:
Prayer Book (second edition)
Service Book – Volume II (Small and Great Compline, Matins, Vespers, Hours, Pascha Hours, Eight Tones)
Service Book – Volume III (Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, Akathist to the Birth-Giver of God, Moleben, Pro-Liturgy)
Book of Needs – Volume I (Holy Mysteries and Blessings of the Church)
Book of Needs – Volume II (Funeral Services of the Church)
Nativity and Theophany Service Book
Holy Week Services
Divine Liturgy Explained for Children
In addition, the members of the Liturgical Commission of the Church were informed of the third draft of the popular edition of “Divine Liturgy” (with traditional music and melodies in Kyivan and Halytsky Chants) presented in a parallel English-Ukrainian format and adopted for congregational singing or mixed choir. The work was compiled and edited by Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay and Markian Komichak, Choir Director from St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH.
The Liturgical Commission of the Church meets several times a year and has as its goal the promotion of the liturgical life of the Church by:
• Developing bi-lingual liturgical books for use of the parishes of the UOC of the USA;
• Overseeing the preparation of liturgical educational materials for publication;
• Regulating pastoral liturgical practices throughout the country and promoting studies in Sacred Music and Liturgical Theology;
• Assisting the Council of Bishops of the Church in the preparation and development of the liturgical publications and the Church Year Calendars.
• Studying and researching emerging liturgical developments and questions.
The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for the first part of autumn of this year.