On Saturday, May 21, 2022 on the feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian (98-117), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA prayerfully commemorated the tenth anniversary of repose of Metropolitan Constantine – third Prime Hierarch of the UOC of the USA.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Archbishop Daniel, who traveled to Pittsburgh, PA in order to preside over the commemorative liturgical prayer services at Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Southside Pittsburgh, PA.
Serving with Vladyka Daniel were Very Rev. Fr. Steven Repa (pastor of St. John the Baptist UOC parish in Sharon, PA), Very Rev. Fr. Michael Kochis (pastor of St. Volodymyr UOC parish in Ambridge, PA), Very Rev. Fr. Robert Popichak (pastor of Holy Ghost UOC parish in Slickville, PA), Rev. Fr. James Cairns (pastor of St. Demetrios UOC cathedral in Carteret, NJ), Rev. Fr. Yurii Bobko (pastor of Sts Peter and Paul UOC parish in Lyndora, PA), Rev. Fr. Mykola Zomchak (pastor of Sts Peter and Paul UOC parish in Youngstown, OH), Rev. Fr. Ihor Protsak (pastor of St. John the Baptist UOC parish in Dixonville, PA) and seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary of the UOC of the USA, who accompanied Archbishop Daniel on his trip to Pittsburgh, PA. Very Rev. Fr. John Haluzchak, pastor of St. Vladimir UOC parish in Pittsburgh, PA was absent from the liturgical services due to his COVID-19 infection diagnosis. Parishioners from many parishes in the PA and OH areas were present at the service.
Following the chanting of the Holy Gospel, Fr. Steven Repa delivered a short reflection, sharing with all in attendance his prayerful memories of the archpastoral ministry of Metropolitan Constantine.
Upon completion of the Liturgy, Archbishop Daniel addressed the assembled faithful and reflected on his personal relationship with Metropolitan Constantine – both the serious and the humorous moments. Vladyka Daniel asked all present to contemplate during their prayers on the ways that Metropolitan Constantine touched their lives, stating that the only real way that we can memorialize our late Metropolitan is to live the life of PRAYER – a willingness to give of oneself as Metropolitan Constantine did during the years of his archpastoral service in the life of the Church.
The day concluded with the Memorial service at St. Vladimir parish cemetery, at the gravesite of Metropolitan Constantine, next to his beloved family – parents Stanley and Catherine, and brother Joseph and sister Daria, who were also remembered in prayers by Archbishop Daniel, along with family, clergy and seminarians. The beautiful “CHRIST IS RISEN!” at the conclusion of the service rang through the wooded areas surrounding the cemetery and into the neighboring homes, witnessing to “all who have ears to hear” the Good News of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.