The Ukrainian American community of Cincinnati, OH is relatively new, considering the most recent arrival of Ukrainians to the greater Metropolitan area. However, the most recent formation of the chapter of the Ukrainian American Female League proved to be successful in uniting Ukrainian-Americans around the goal of preserving the spiritual, cultural and linguistic legacy.
On Pascha day – April 16, 2023 – over 250 people gathered in Cincinnati, OH in order to celebrate the most sacred day of the ecclesiastical year – the feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, spiritual father of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA traveled to Cincinnati, OH following the midnight Pascha liturgical services in Chicago Metropolitan area. Assisted by Subdeacon Maksym Zhuravchyk of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary of the UOC of the USA, Vladyka Daniel presided over the Pascha liturgical service with the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in Cincinnati, OH, many of whom arrived in the United States of America from the Central and Eastern parts of Ukraine.
The community greeted Vladyka Daniel with a traditional Welcome dance and Ukrainian bread and salt, thus welcoming the hierarch into the midst of the newly-formed family of Ukrainian-Americans in the State of Ohio. The archbishop spoke to the children, parents and those in attendance, greeting them with the sacred feast of Pascha, calling upon all to enter into the joy of the bright feast of Easter by choosing the follow the way of the Lord.
In conclusion of Vladyka Daniel’s visit, traditional blessing of Ukrainian Easter baskets took place, which enabled all to share in a potluck Paschal luncheon.
His Eminence Archbishop Daniel promised to return to Cincinnati, OH in order to hold a formal liturgical Eucharistic Liturgy, while establishing a new mission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.