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Св. Князь Володимир і Хрещення Русі-України - 07/26/16

Християнство в Україні розповсюджувалось поступово. На півдні України були грецькі колонії. Наші предки мали з ними торговельні відносини. Руські люди (а по сьогоднішній термінології — українці), тоді ще погани, були благородної вдачі і толерантно відносились до людей котрі приймали християнство. У нас не було переслідування християн, як це було в Римській імперії, де християн жорстоко катували. Про характер наших предків пише візантійський імператор Маврикій (582-602) “Він описує їх як людей волелюбних, хоробрих, несхильних ані до рабства, ані до підлеглості чужій владі, дуже людяних у їхньому відношенні до полонених та чужинців.”


Blessed Equal-to-the-Apostles Olha, princess of Kyiv - 07/26/16

Moving on to today’s meditation, St Olha is distant from us in time but no less an example of holiness both aspired to and achieved in this life. Her name means “holy,” and presumably she possessed insight, depth, and a sober mind. Olha’s husband Prince Igor was killed in battle in 945, and Olha took over governance with firm hands, instituting many improvements through building and organization across the realm, elevating the culture of her time.


Ключі до Царства Небесного - 07/09/16

Христос Спаситель, як чули ми з св. Євангелії, сказав Петрові: «Я дам тобі ключі до царства небесного, і що ти зв’яжеш на землі, то буде зв’язане і на небі, а що розв’яжеш на землі, то буде розв’язане і на небі». Чи дав же Христос Петрові ці ключі, про які зараз обіцяє, і як дав, то коли, і що це за ключі?


The Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul - 07/09/16

As for us brethren let us celebrate this great day * and cry out to these two Apostles * "Rejoice, Apostle Peter so closely linked with your Teacher Christ our God * Rejoice O most beloved Paul preacher of the faith and teacher to the universe * O you two holy ones because of your high position and rank * pray to Christ God that He may save our souls" (From the Vespers of the Feast)


Всіх Святих угодників Божих - 07/01/16

У першу неділю після П'ятидесятниці - дня народження Церкви Христової, ми молитовно вшановуємо всіх святих угодників Божих. Ми, члени Церкви земної, віддаємо свою шану та засвідчуємо молитовне єднання з членами небесної Церкви. Слово "святий" походить від грецького слова hagios, що означає "присвячений Богу, святий, священний, благочестивий".


Sunday of All Saints of Ukraine – What is the Purpose for this Sunday? - 07/01/16

On the second Sunday after Pentecost our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church celebrates the Sunday of All Saints of Ukraine. Sadly, many of our parishes are witnessing a decline in Sunday worship and in membership. Our parishes are doing everything possible just to keep up with the monthly expenses. Is praying for the bills to be paid the main purpose for the Church? There is another purpose for the church – that purpose is to make people holy. A church that does not make it’s people holy is not a church, it is merely an organization which uses the word 'Church'. The Church celebrates the memory of the holy ones, the saints, to show us living examples of people whose souls were saved, so that we can imitate them in our lives. They teach us how to please God. Today is the Sunday of All Saints of Ukraine and we commemorate all of those men, women and children that are famously known to us and those who are known only to God.


Sunday of the Man Born Blind - 05/30/16

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him” (John9:3). These words were heard during the reading of the Gospel for this Sunday. It would seem that a great misfortune had afflicted this man: he was born blind, and he never saw the beauty of God’s world. When people saw this man blind from birth, they immediately thought that God had sent him this misfortune as a severe punishment for his sins, or those of his parents, because children are often punished for their parents’ sins.


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